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Miraculous Medal Story
The Blessed Virgin herself designed the Medal of the Immaculate Conception—popularly known as the Miraculous Medal! No wonder, then, that it wins such extraordinary graces for those who wear it and pray for Mary’s intercession and help.
The First Apparition
The story begins on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and summoned her to the chapel. There she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke with her for several hours. During the conversation, Mary said to her, “My child, I am going to give you a mission.”
The Second Apparition
Mary gave her this mission in a vision during evening meditation on November 27, 1830. She saw Mary standing on what seemed to be half a globe and holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it to heaven. On the globe was the word “France,” and our Lady explained that the globe represented the whole world, but especially France. The times were difficult in France, especially for the poor who were unemployed and often refugees from the many wars of the time. France was first to expe
rience many of those troubles which ultimately reached other parts of the world and are even present today. Streaming from rings on Mary’s fingers as she held the globe were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them.
The Third Apparition and the Miraculous Medal
The vision then changed to show our Lady standing on a globe with her arms now outstretched and with the dazzling rays of light still streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
|The vision turned and showed the design of the reverse side of the medal. Twelve stars encircled a large “M” from which arose a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. Thorns encircle one heart and a sword pierces the other.|
Then Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” Catherine explained the entire series of apparitions to her confessor, and she worked through him to carry out Mary’s instructions. She did not reveal that she received the Medal until soon before her death 47 years later.
With approval of the Church, the first Medals were made in 1832 and were distributed in Paris. Almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her Medal. The devotion spread like wildfire. Marvels of grace and health, peace and prosperity, followed in its wake. Before long people were calling it the “Miraculous” Medal. In 1836, a canonical inquiry undertaken at Paris declared the apparitions to be genuine.
There is no superstition, nothing of magic, connected with the Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is not a “good-luck charm”. Rather, it is a great testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. God uses a Medal, not as a sacrament, but as an agent, an instrument, in bringing to pass certain marvelous results. “The weak things of this earth hath God chosen to confound the strong.”
When our Blessed Mother gave the design of the medal to Saint Catherine Labouré she said, “Now it must be given to the whole world and to every person.”
The Queen of Heaven in the Kingdom of the Divine Will departs for the Temple and gives example of Total Triumph in the Sacrifice.
The soul to the Triumphant Queen:
Celestial Mama, today I come to prostrate myself before You, to ask for Your Invincible Strength in all my pains; and You know how my heart is filled with them, to the point of feeling drowned with pains. O please! If You love so much to act as my Mother, take my heart in Your hands and pour into it the Love, the Grace and the Strength to triumph in my pains, and to convert them all into Divine Will.
Lesson of the Triumphant Queen:
My daughter, Courage, do not fear; your Mama is all for you, and today I was waiting for you so that My Heroism and My Triumph in the sacrifice may infuse in you Strength and Courage, that I may see My daughter triumphant in her pains, and with the heroism of bearing them with love and in order to do the Divine Will.
Now, My daughter, listen to Me: I had just turned three years old when My parents made known to Me that they wanted to consecrate Me to the Lord in the Temple. My heart rejoiced in hearing this—that is, consecrating Myself and spending My years in the house of God. But beneath My Joy there was a sorrow—for a privation of the dearest persons one can have on earth, which were My dear parents. I was little, I needed their maternal cares; I was depriving Myself of the presence of two great saints. Moreover, I saw that as the day approached on which they were to deprive themselves of Me, who rendered their lives full of joy and of happiness, they felt such bitterness as to feel themselves dying. But, though suffering, they were disposed to make the heroic act of taking Me to the Lord.
My parents loved Me in the order of God, and considered Me a great gift, given to them by the Lord; and this gave them the strength to make the painful sacrifice. Therefore, My daughter, if you want to have Invincible Strength to suffer the hardest pains, let all your things be in the Order of God, and hold them as precious gifts given to you by the Lord.
Now, you must know that I, with Courage, prepared Myself for My departure for the Temple, because, as I delivered My will to the Divine Being and the Supreme Fiat took Possession of My whole being, I acquired all Virtues as My own Nature. I was Dominator of Myself; all Virtues were in Me like many Noble Princesses, and according to the circumstances of My Life, they promptly showed themselves, to do their office without any resistance. In vain would they have called Me Queen, had I not possessed the Virtue of being Queen over Myself. Therefore, I had in My Dominion Perfect Charity, Invincible Patience, Enrapturing Sweetness, Profound Humility, and the whole endowment of the other Virtues. The Divine Will rendered My little earth of My humanity fortunate, always flowery, and without the thorns of vices.
Do you see then, dear daughter, what it means to Live of Divine Will? Its Light, Its Sanctity and Power convert all Virtues into one’s nature; nor does It lower Itself to Reign in a soul where there is a rebellious nature—no, no. It is Sanctity, and It wants the nature in which It must Reign to be Ordered and Holy. Therefore, by the Sacrifice of going to the Temple, it was Conquests that I made; and over this Sacrifice, the Triumph of a Divine Will was formed in Me. And these Triumphs brought into Me New Seas of Grace, of Sanctity and of Light—to the extent of feeling Happy in My Pains, in order to be able to Conquer New Triumphs.
Now, My daughter, place your hand upon your heart, and tell your Mama: do you feel your nature changed into virtue? Or, do you feel the thorns of impatience, the noxious herbs of agitations, the bad humors of affections which are not holy? Listen—let your Mama do it; place your will into My hands, determined in not wanting it any more, and I will make you be Possessed by the Divine Will, which will banish everything from you; and what you have not done in many years, you will do in one day, which will be the beginning of True Life, of Happiness, and of True Sanctity.
Holy Mama, help your daughter; make a visit to my soul, and with Your Maternal hands, snatch from me everything You find which is not Will of God. Burn away from me the thorns, the noxious herbs, and You Yourself, call the Divine Will to Reign in my soul.
Today, to honor Me, you will call Me three times to visit your soul, and will give Me all the freedom to do with you whatever I want.
Sovereign Queen, take my soul in Your hands, and transform it completely into Will of God.
LUISA’S DANGER OF DEATH PRAYER FOR FR. BUCCI
VOL. 35 – February 20, 1938
Jesus became silent, and I remained with the scene before my mind of so many Jesuses for as many existing creatures. But I carried a thorn inside my heart that tortured me and embittered me – down to the marrow of my bones – for a person very dear to me, and necessary to my poor existence, who was in danger of death (FR. BUCCI); and I wanted to save this person (FR. BUCCI) at any cost. Therefore I took the Divine Will, I made It all mine, and in my sorrow I said: ‘Jesus, your Will is mine; your Power and Immensity are in my power. I do not want this, and You must not want it either.’ My God, I felt I was battling with a Power; and in order to win, my mind brought itself before the Divinity, and I placed around It the expanse of the heavens with all the stars in prayer, the vastness of the light of the sun with the might of its heat, the entire Creation – in prayer; and then the seas of Love and Power of the Queen of Heaven, the pains and the Blood shed by Jesus, like many seas around the Divinity – all in prayer; and then the many Jesuses of each creature, so that they might have a sigh, a plea, to obtain what I wanted. But what was not my surprise and emotion together, in seeing and hearing that the many Jesuses of each creature were praying to obtain what I wanted? I remained confounded in seeing so much divine goodness and compliance. May He be always thanked and blessed; and may everything be for His Glory.
Today urgent prayers are being offered for Padre Bernardino Bucci, OFM. We’ve been notified that he was transferred to the hospital in San Giovanni Rotondo with kidney failure and high fever.
Padre Bucci is the Spiritual Father of all the little children of the Divine Will, we attribute our having the writings of Luisa, the biographies, letters, relics and more to his life-long dedication and that of his Aunt Rosaria. Actually, 70 years ago, on November 27, 1948 Arb. Addazi granted permission to print prayer cards of Luisa with relic, giving her the title of “Servant of God”, at the persistance of Rosaria Bucci. Rosaria dedicated her life to assisting Luisa, then making her known after her death. It was the Bucci family that provided much of the documentation and materials for the Cause of Luisa.
Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, pray for Padre Bucci.
Rosaria Bucci, pray for Padre Bucci.
All Saints and Angels, all priests and souls connected to Luisa, pray for Padre Bucci.
LUISA’S DANGER OF DEATH PRAYER FOR FR. BUCCI
VOL. 35 – February 20, 1938
Jesus became silent, and I remained with the scene before my mind of so many Jesuses for as many existing creatures. But I carried a thorn inside my heart that tortured me and embittered me – down to the marrow of my bones – for a person very dear to me, and necessary to my poor existence, who was in danger of death (FR. BUCCI); and I wanted to save this person (FR. BUCCI) at any cost. Therefore I took the Divine Will, I made It all mine, and in my sorrow I said: ‘Jesus, your Will is mine; your Power and Immensity are in my power. I do not want this, and You must not want it either.’ My God, I felt I was battling with a Power; and in order to win, my mind brought itself before the Divinity, and I placed around It the expanse of the heavens with all the stars in prayer, the vastness of the light of the sun with the might of its heat, the entire Creation – in prayer; and then the seas of Love and Power of the Queen of Heaven, the pains and the Blood shed by Jesus, like many seas around the Divinity – all in prayer; and then the many Jesuses of each creature, so that they might have a sigh, a plea, to obtain what I wanted. But what was not my surprise and emotion together, in seeing and hearing that the many Jesuses of each creature were praying to obtain what I wanted? I remainedconfounded in seeing so much divine goodness and compliance. May He be always thanked and blessed; and may everything be for His Glory.
Daily Prayers for the Dying in the Divine Will
Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray to Thee, in Your Most Holy Divine Will by the agony of Thy Most Sacred Heart, and by the Sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, through the intercession of Luisa, cleanse in Your own Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their last agony, and are to die this day. Amen.
Loving Hearts of Jesus and Mary, once in agony, pity the dying and have mercy on us poor sinners in Your Divine Will.
Prayer to Jesus Christ on the Cross and Our Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross for a happy death in the Divine Will.
Oh my Crucified Jesus, Mother Mary with Luisa in the Holy Divine Will, I beg of You to receive the prayer I now offer Thee for my last moment, when, having desired a holy death, all my senses have failed me.
At my last moments when therefore my sweetest Jesus, my eyes, languid and sunken, can no longer look upon Thee, remember this loving look which I now turn to Thee in Your Will with Our Blessed Mother Mary through little Luisa, and have mercy on me a poor sinner!
When my lips, dried up, can no longer kiss Thy Most Sacred Wounds, remember these kisses which I now give Thee and Our Blessed Mother Mary with Luisa, and have mercy on me a poor sinner!
When my cold and numbed hands can no longer clasp Thy Cross, remember the times that I held Your Crucifix in Your Will one with Our Blessed Mother and Luisa with love and devotion, and have mercy on me a poor sinner!
And when my tongue, swollen and immovable, can no longer speak, remember my present prayers, and have mercy on me a poor sinner!
Jesus, Mary, and Luisa I commend to you my soul in the Most Holy Divine Will.
Lord Jesus crucified, have mercy on me, a poor sinner!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary one with Luisa I place my trust in Thee. Amen.
Feast of Christ The King Novena
By the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta
The Little Daughter of the Divine Will
Novena to Christ the King
A Plenary indulgence will be obtained if visiting a cemetery November 1 thru 8 but a partial indulgence will occur if the following is done:
- Visit a Catholic Cemetery November 1 thru 8
- Pray for one person per day applicable only to the souls in purgatory.
- Pray verbally or mentally for a specific soul (a spouse, family member, friend, religious, or a soul who does not have anyone to pray for them.)
- Pray the Eternal Rest Requiem and also but not required an Our Father, a Hail Mary, and the Apostles Creed.
The Eternal Rest Requiem:
Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let the perpetual light shine upon them. And may the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.
(Pray this Prayer all year long not just in November and particularly when you pass by a cemetery. After these souls in purgatory are in Heaven, they will intercede for us.)
- Optional: Sprinkle the grave with Holy Water if you are at the specific person’s grave you are praying for.