Miraculous Medals / St. Vincent de Paul and Mary Magdalene



"I have only been an instrument. It is not for me that the blessed Virgin appeared. If she chose me, knowing nothing, it is so that we cannot doubt her....." Words from (Catherine Laboure) "Heaven came down to earth...It is said that between July and December 1830 Sister Catherine, a young seminary sister (novice) of the Daughters of Charity, received the extraordinary favour of conversing with the Virgin Mary on three occasions. Catherine spoke again to her confessor, and in February 1832, a terrible cholera epidemic broke out in Paris and would cause more than 20.000 deaths. The Miraculous Medals were struck in June the Daughters of Charity began to distribute the first 2000 medals, cures accumulated, as did protection from the disease and conversions". This remarkable Chapel is not only striking in appearance, but a Chapel filled with Grace and presence of Our Lady. This beautiful Chapel welcomes pilgrimages from far and wide. Whether you are a religious pilgrim or a curious individual this Chapel will definitely take your breath away.



"St Vincent de Paul was a French Roman Catholic Priest who dedicated himself to serving the poor. "St. Vincent is not only known as the champion of the poor but also of the rich, for he taught them to do works of mercy.  He is venerated as a Saint in the Catholic Church and Anglican Communion. He was canonised in 1737. He was renowned for his compassion, humility..."  On January 25th 1617, he preached a sermon that was to become the founding statement of the Congregation of Mission". His resting place is located at the St. Vincent de Paul Shrine. Minutes away from the Miraculous Chapel. During the initial exhumation, his body was incorrupt. However, due to flooding the body experienced corruption and in order to preserve his skeleton it was covered with wax  giving him a very realistic appearance.  His body is located above the altar in a beautiful reliquary, however, his heart has been placed at the Chapel of the Daughters of Charity at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal.



Mary Magdalene was chosen by Jesus Christ to be his first witness. She encountered his compassion when the people of the town wanted to stone her. However, Jesus said "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone". Devoted Christians believe that this encounter led to an immense devotion and love for Jesus Christ who showed her love, protection, and humility. 

Mary Magdalene never left Christ during his crucifixion and it is reported that she was the first one to see him after his resurrection. She became a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and has been referred to as the "Apostle to the Apostles". In the Gospel of Luke he mentions the travel of Christ and his followers in Galilee, among them is "Mary Magdalene. St. Mary Magdalene, is the Patronage of converts, gardeners, hairdressers, penitents, prisoners and reformed prostitutes".

You can pray the Novena and other prayers to St. Mary Magdalene, 

Also why not try the Chaplet of St. Mary of Magdalene? Her Memorial is July 22.