Resistance Podcast #198: Leo DuPont – Apostle of the Holy Face (War Against Communism) & The Greatest Miracle Worker the Church Has Ever Had

According to Pius IX, Ven Leon DuPont is the greatest miracle worker the Church has ever had. It is said that volumes could be published of the miracles that occurred in his room, and, somehow, he is not well known.

 

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St. Padre Pio was known to pass around Holy Face Medals saying “This is your entrance ticket to Heaven.”

The medal became famous for the miracles and spiritual favours associated with its use. In Our Blessed Mother’s own word, the medal is “a weapon for defense, a shield for courage, a token of love & mercy in these troubled days of lust, evil, loss of faith and hatred for God and for His Church.

Whoever wears this medal and, if possible, pays a weekly visit to the Blessed Sacrament on Tuesdays in a spirit of reparation to the Holy Face will be granted the gift of a strong Faith and the grace to fly to its defense conquering if need be all interior and exterior difficulties. Moreover, they will meet their death peacefully, under the loving gaze of my divine son.”

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Chaplet of the Holy Face

NOVENA TO SAINT LOUIS, KING OF FRANCE (Starting 16 August)

NOVENA TO SAINT LOUIS KING OF FRANCE

Novena composed by Father Leopoldo Jerónimo de Puig, royal chaplain and administrator of the Royal Hospital of San Luis de los Franceses in Madrid, and with a license granted by the vicar of the town of Madrid in 1744. Los Gozos, of Valencian origin, They are without a known date or author.

NOVENA IN HONOR OF SAN LOUIS KING DE FRANCE

By the sign ✠ of the Holy Cross, from our ✠ enemies, deliver us Lord ✠ our God. In the name of the Father, and of the Son ✠, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ACT OF CONTRITION

My Lord Jesus Christ, God and true Man, my Creator and Redeemer, because you are who you are and because I love you above all things, I am sorry for having offended you: I propose, with your grace, never to sin again, and I hope in your mercy, that you have to forgive and save me. Amen.

PRAYER FOR EVERY DAY

Omnipotent God and our Lord, Supreme King of Heaven and earth, who with your word have brought all creatures out of the deep abyss of nothingness, and formed man in your image and likeness, complementing him with your wonders: for yours Most Holy Son taught us to call you Father, giving us confidence to invoke you, make us worthy your children, sanctifying in us your exalted Name: give us zeal for your honor and for the salvation of souls redeemed with the precious Blood of your Son Jesus Christ, so that our The only glory is that you are recognized and adored, and that we all belong to the Kingdom of your Justice by grace and charity. Pay attention, Lord, to the weakness and misery of our being, and grant us that, fortified our soul by the participation of the Sacraments, I only sigh for You, the only object of his love, and that illustrated through your words understand the Highest Mysteries that Jesus Christ himself deigned to reveal to us. Give us a heart docile to your inspirations, pious towards our neighbors, patient in tribulations, humble in prosperity, and mortified so as not to allow ourselves to be overcome by earthly hobbies. Receive benignly the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
and that enlightened by your words understand the highest Mysteries that Jesus Christ himself deigned to reveal to us. Give us a heart docile to your inspirations, pious towards our neighbors, patient in tribulations, humble in prosperity, and mortified so as not to allow ourselves to be overcome by earthly hobbies. Receive benignly the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
and that enlightened by your words understand the highest Mysteries that Jesus Christ himself deigned to reveal to us. Give us a heart docile to your inspirations, pious towards our neighbors, patient in tribulations, humble in prosperity, and mortified so as not to allow ourselves to be overcome by earthly hobbies. Receive benignly the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Give us a heart docile to your inspirations, pious towards our neighbors, patient in tribulations, humble in prosperity, and mortified so as not to allow ourselves to be overcome by earthly hobbies. Kindly receive the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Give us a heart docile to your inspirations, pious towards our neighbors, patient in tribulations, humble in prosperity, and mortified so as not to allow ourselves to be overcome by earthly hobbies. Receive benignly the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Receive benignly the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Receive benignly the sacrifice of our prayers, and purify our conscience, giving us the strength and encouragement that our weakness needs for the perfect practice of your Holy Law; and grant us the favor that we now ask of you, and perseverance in your grace. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

DAY FIRST – AUGUST 16

OF THE GREAT LOVE THAT SAINT LOUIS HAD TO GOD.

From his childhood, San Luis put his main care in fixing his heart to the Divine Law. His mother, Doña Blanca de Castilla, had raised him in the fear of God, repeating many times that she would rather see him dead than in mortal sin. He preserved all his life the grace of Baptism, and amid the cares of the government and the distractions and examples of the Court he kept his spirit pure of all earthly affection, always directing his actions to the greater glory of God. This desire to please him made him resolve to the heroic and glorious action of conquering the Holy Land: and without the many labors that he suffered there tempered his fervent zeal, his desire to reestablish the Faith of Jesus Christ in Africa was further enlivened; on whose shore, consumed more by the fire of Divine Love than by the plague,

REFLECTION

God always rich in mercy, who created us out of nothing, and keeps us liberal and pious, did not satisfy the excessive charity and love that he has for us, but by sending us his Only Begotten Son for our Redemption, adopting us as his children and preparing us an eternal happiness. In return, he only wants us to use our hearts to love him only, observing his Holy Law. Let us consecrate all our actions to him, and recognized to the honor and usefulness that we achieve in being loved by his Goodness, we aspire at all times to fulfill his precepts, carrying no other purpose than to please him and glorify his Holy Name.
PRAYER FOR THIS DAY
God and our Lord, who in token of the love you have for us, sent your Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ into the world to offer himself a pure and immaculate Host on the Ara of the Cross for the remission of our sins: admit these humble prayers, united with the merits of Jesus Christ himself, and through them, and the intercession of your Servant Saint Louis, grant us a pure and fervent heart, with which, despising all things earthly, we love and appreciate you only. We confess that our unworthiness does not deserve the excellent prerogative of being loved by You, the origin of all good, and that you order us to be used in your love: but You, Lord, who can make the unclean and sinful just and holy, will purify our spirit , making him feel the sweetness of your soft presence, so that loving you only, We only wish to please you and fulfill your Holy will. This is what we hope for through Jesus Christ the Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father and Hail Mary will be prayed three times, with Gloria Patri; and it will conclude with the following Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer.
JOYS
Exemplary clarified
Of kings, of France honor:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
As a child you were raised
in holy fear of God;
Of virtues were you
From a very adorned child;
In holy love fired,
With age the ardor grew:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Admirable in abstinence,
In fervent prayer,
Of the honor of jealous God,
Of haircuts the frequency
has made You enlightened,
Saint of greater mark:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
The poor and helpless
Were your courtiers,
You washed their hands and feet,
A more than well aided,
Give them relief fulfilled Your
love sought:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Of the great Seraphim wounded
Son, in his Third Order, You
illustrated the whole world,
Having despised him;
And although he was mocked,
You despise such a mocker:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
With Catholic courage, You
tried to conquer
the land in which he wanted to work
Health the Redeemer;
With a lucid army
You were from the Turkish terror:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Your army infected
The plague, cruel plague;
And although you were the unfaithful
Prisoner, he did not achieve the
pact, which, puffed up,
proposed to you his fury
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Second time you charge
To the Turk, who infests so much;
But wounded by the plague
Your end you do not achieve:
On Tunisia, wounded by her
You return your soul to the Redeemer:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Lamparones, which is a fierce evil, You
heal with ease,
And to any disease
you completely give Remedy;
Attentive is your ear to those
who ask you favor:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
See us always auspicious
In any tribulation,
And with your intercession
Free us from all vice;
With your favor conquered
Let sin and error be:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Well, what exemplary you have been
Of kings, of France honor:
Be our intercessor,
Saint Louis of dear God .
Antiphon: This great King sustained the House of the Lord in his life, and strengthened the Temple in his days: he looked for the happiness of his People, and freed him from his enemies.
℣. The righteous will flourish like the palm tree,
℞. And it will multiply like the cedar of Lebanon.

SENTENCE

God, who from the Kingdom of earth transferred the Blessed Confessor Saint Louis to the Glory of the Celestial Homeland: grant us through his intercession and merits, that we achieve the same fate in the company of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ your Son. Attend propitiously to the wishes of our Catholic King, granting him a happy and peaceful government, and victory against the enemies of your Holy Name, for your glory and the benefit of his people. Through the same Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son ✠, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

DAY TWO – AUGUST 17

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE FERVEROUS PRAYER OF SAN LOUIS.

Recognizing Saint Louis that all grace comes from God, who promises to grant his gifts to whoever humbly and trustingly asks for them: the Holy King used many times every day to attend the Sacrifice of Mass or Sermons, and pray the High Office, that of Our Lady and that of the Dead. He was, whenever he could, at all hours of the Divine Office which was celebrated in his chapel; and while her health allowed her, she would get up at midnight at Matins, then retiring to her room to pray alone, offering to God the sacrifice of her tears for the health of her people. She introduced, among other pious customs that the Church observes today, that of bowing deeply when singing the choir: “Et homo factus est”, and that of praying for a short time,. when at the conclusion of the Passions in Holy Week mention is made of the Death of Jesus Christ. In those days, and others consecrated to the memory of the Mysteries of our Redemption, he gave himself up to the humblest and most tender meditation of the heavenly benefits, drawing everyone with his example to such a necessary exercise.

REFLECTION

Let us learn from this Holy King to discard the laziness and annoyance that we have in Prayer, and let us know the need in which we are to use this powerful means to reach and not lose grace, which is the life of the Soul. Prayer enlightens our understanding, consoles us in afflictions, relieves us in work, banishes laziness, overcomes temptations, maintains devotion, encourages confidence, and forces God to grant us the gift we ask for. Let us not leave the weapons of Prayer in hand, to overcome with them the vices that oppress us, and obtain from God the remedy for our needs.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

Our God and Lord, Father of mercies and giver of all consolation, who delight in communicating with men: Our troubled heart turns to You, exposing the many anguishes and needs that surround us, sure of obtaining your protection more quickly, when we are destitute of human help. And since you only inspire what we must ask of you for the achievement of our eternal health, be worthy to enlighten our hearts so that we succeed in pleading with you with humility and trust what is appropriate to the remedy of our afflictions. Give us perfect knowledge of your Holy Law, strength and wisdom to fully comply with it, and a docile spirit resigned to your dispositions. And through the intercession of your Servant Saint Louis, communicate to us the consolations that you made him like in prayer, so that the storms that earthly passions and hobbies raise in our souls may calm and serene, the mists of our ignorance dissipate, and illuminated with the lights of your inspirations, let us only occupy ourselves in loving you and praising your mercies. This is what we ask through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

THIRD DAY – AUGUST 18

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE MORTIFICATION OF SAN LOUIS.

Although Saint Louis did not lose the innocence of Baptism, fearful of risking such a precious treasure, he imitated the example of Saint Paul and the other Saints, who with the continuous mortification of their bodies held down their passions, so as not to find themselves overcome by the incentives of the meat. The whole life of this Holy King was a continuous penance, practicing rigorous fasts on Fridays, Advent, Lent, Vigils of Our Lady, and many Mondays and Wednesdays during the year. He wore a rough sackcloth, went to confession every Friday, later received discipline, and his confessor had to moderate many austerities that significantly damaged his health. Among the many tribulations that he endured, his patience was crowned with seeing the undertaking of conquering the Holy Land failed; and adoring the secrets of Divine providence, he suffered threats,

REFLECTION

We must take great care to control our passions, to mortify the appetites, despise the delights, restrain the sensuality, and tolerate the work and tribulations, so that mitigated all the earthly hobbies, we can raise our desires to God with a pure and resigned heart. The example of this Holy King should encourage us to suffer the calamities that God will send us, and worship his hidden judgments; and recognizing how much more sorrow our sins deserve, comfort us with the shortness of the time of our afflictions, and the abundant reward that is prepared for our patience.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

Our God and Lord, who through mortification and penance receive to your grace those who have separated their corrupted will from it: break with your help the hardness of our hearts, so that, condemned, we may feel the malice of our sins and erase the stains that have imprinted on our soul, with the tears of sincere penance. Grant us the mortified spirit, which you gave to your Servant Saint Louis, so that in his imitation we restrain our passions, and we recognize the special care that, as a loving Father, you have to warn us through adversity, so that we correct our malice. Serve us this pious reminder that you make us, that confused and ashamed with the multitude of our sins, we convert to You, so that as you were the Author of our life, be it also of the renewal of our spirit through grace. We hope so through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

DAY FOUR – AUGUST 19

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE PURITY OF SAN LOUIS.

The careful and holy education that Queen Doña Blanca of Castile gave to her Holy son, produced in him great love for purity and chastity, of which he gave admirable examples, not allowing indecent speeches in his palace, and publishing severe laws against scandals. and solutions. Determined to marry for the good of his Kingdom, he observed exact continence, and with the consent of the Queen his wife, he abstained from conjugal commerce in Advent, Lent, and other Vigils, Solemn Feasts, and some days before and after the day in that he received communion, according to the practice then observed by the Church: a virtue that God rewarded, granting him the fruitful succession of six sons and five daughters, which today lasts and remains full of blessings to support Christianity. To preserve the precious treasure of purity,

REFLECTION

The Saints, to preserve their purity, reduced their bodies to hard servitude, denying themselves pleasures and delights, fleeing idleness, mortifying their senses with harsh penances and useful occupations, crying out to God with fervent prayer, and always meditating on the Passion of His Most Holy Son. This is the only true way of not letting yourself be overcome by earthly hobbies, and keeping your heart pure. God speaks to us through the reading of good books: he instructs, comforts, corrects, and excites our desires to long for perfection, being the most useful means to resist the distraction that temptations cause us.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

Our God and Lord, who with such abundant liberality grant your grace to the humble one who asks for it: recognizing our weakness, we turn to You, pleading with you to burn our hearts with the fire of your Divine Spirit, so that we may preserve chastity and continence in imitation of your Servant Saint Louis, and let us try to please you, restraining the senses, and removing from our spirit all impure and sensual affection. Grant us resolution to mortify our disordered passions, and that the just fear of our fragility subject the flesh to the spirit, by means of penance. Give us the pleasure of You, so that, satisfied with the softness of your delights, we despise the gifts of the body, and we love you with a pure and chaste heart. And since you only give this precious virtue, send us the dew of your grace, so that our spirit may flourish again with the vigor of purity, and clean from all stains, and free from sensual temptations, let us obtain the eternal Gifts. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for all ages and ages. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

FIFTH DAY – AUGUST 20

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE DEEP HUMILITY OF SAN LOUIS.

The extended and powerful Kingdom that he possessed, and the gift of his vassals, did not exalt the heart of Saint Louis; Before, penetrated with the most vivid recognition of Divine Mercy, which had elevated him to this dignity, he used power only for the benefit of the peoples, and humbled his soul under the powerful hand of the Lord, receiving all events with the same countenance. Far from admitting the vain applause of the flatterers, he had forewarned those who attended him to warn him of the defects he was committing, to correct them. He used great moderation in his dress, food and furniture: he appreciated being called Louis de Poissy more, because in this place he had received Holy Baptism, than all the honors of King of France. When he entered Damietta victorious, he did not want to make himself a trophy of the vanquished and hold the glory of the victor, admitting the brilliant appearances of the triumph, and made his entrance as a penitent, bare feet, poorly dressed, carrying in his hand a Crucifix, to whom he wanted only the honors of victory attributed. He resignedly tolerated the blush of being defeated and a prisoner of the Infidels, and the threats and insults with which they proved his perseverance. He suffered with equal spirit the injuries that were done to him, and never wanted to avenge the offense committed against his particular person.

REFLECTION

He who recognizes that all the goods he has are Gifts of God, humbles his heart, flees vanity, boastfulness and pride: loves silence, despises temporal things, preserves peace, readily admits warnings and advice, and becomes kind to God and to men. The example and doctrine of Jesus Christ and his Saints, convince us of the need we have to acquire this precious virtue of humility, the first and main foundation of the Christian life.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

God and our Lord, who for the example and remedy of men you sent into the world your Most Holy Son Jesus Christ, similar to us in everything except sin: give us, Lord, a perfect knowledge of our miseries and defects, so that recognizing that how much There is good in us, it is the Gift of your powerful hand. Let us humble our hearts and flee from vain complacency and self-esteem, and from the ambition of earthly things. And since you left us such admirable examples of this virtue in your Servant Saint Louis, we beg you through his intercession to grant us a contrite and humbled spirit, which does not become puffed up with praise or allow itself to be overcome by presumption, but rather imitating the humility of Your Most Holy Son, let us live soberly, justly and piously, and deserve to be consoled by You, achieving the rest and stillness of our spirit, the ease in fulfilling your Holy precepts, and the prize that you have prepared for the truly humble. This is how we beg you through Jesus Christ himself, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

DAY SIX – AUGUST 21

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE CHARITY OF SAN LOUIS WITH HIS NEIGHBORS.

Mercy and compassion accompanied Saint Louis since his tender years, and his heart only rested when he was employed to remedy the needs of his subjects. In addition to the tenderness, accuracy and care with which he attended to the poor and helpless, defending them from the insults and grievances of the powerful, his delights were to comfort the troubled, serve food to the poor, wash their feet, heal them. He distributed copious alms, and to those who represented him that the Treasury was being impoverished, he replied that he was never more sure of having what he needed in abundance than when he distributed his income to the poor of Jesus Christ. To have more to distribute to these, and provide the Hospitals and Houses that he had erected for their benefit, she avoided all possible expenses, especially on her person and clothes. After the battles he attended the healing of the wounded soldiers, and the burial of the dead, sometimes doing these pious offices himself. He ordered in his will that many alms be distributed; and he commissioned his son and successor to always have a compassionate heart and to be ready to help the poor.

REFLECTION

The proof that we love God is to use ourselves to help our neighbors. Let us sacrifice some part of our comfort and rest to the relief of those in need, imitating Jesus Christ, who exercised all his life for the benefit of men. Let us not be bothered by the company of the sick, let us go to the consolation of the afflicted, and let us sell the goods that God has given us, dividing them with his children and our brothers the poor, encouraged by the abundant reward that his Majesty has prepared for us.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

God and our Lord, who with such liberality you communicate to all creatures, giving them being and acting, and without our crimes suspending the course of your mercies, shower abundant graces and benefits on the just and sinners: be worthy to grant us the spirit of charity that you gave to your Servant Saint Louis, so that in his imitation we consecrate ourselves to the usefulness of our neighbors, assisting them with temporary relief, advice and a good example. Give us a soft, liberal and compassionate heart, with which, easily moved to exercise the mercy and zeal of his eternal health with those in need, your Holy Name may be glorified. And since your Son Jesus Christ left us such an admirable example of charity by dying on the Cross to satisfy our iniquities: encourage our spirit with the necessary strength, so that we may forgive the injuries with which our neighbors wronged us, and give us all a heart united in perfect charity, so that we may be worthy your children, and obtain the forgiveness of our sins, through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who with You and the Holy Spirit live and reign, God, forever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

SEVENTH DAY – AUGUST 22

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE VIGILANCE AND JUSTICE OF SAN LOUIS.

Convinced San Luis that the quality of King forced him to attend only to the benefit of his peoples, he sacrificed his rest to the care of the government and the administration of justice. In order to facilitate the brevity of the office for all kinds of people, and especially the poor, he used to go out to the Vincennes wood, accompanied by some gentlemen, and under a tree, without being prevented by the guards, he would give an audience to all who presented themselves: he heard and examined their claims for himself, and with the advice of those gentlemen, he expedited the business, taking care that no one was vexed. He charged the Governors and Bailiwicks that he sent to the provinces of his Kingdom, and other Religious people, to inquire if any harm was done to the vassals, and to examine whether their predecessors had defrauded any, to reward and satisfy all damages. He ordered most holy laws against blasphemies and scandals, and for the better government of his Kingdom. He lived with great moderation, avoiding all superfluous expenses so as not to tax his peoples with tributes. In the care of his House and Family he was extreme, raising his children in the fear of God, and exhorting them to flee the vanities of the world: the admirable instruction that in his last illness he dictated for his son and successor Philip, manifests purity of the life of this Holy King, and the vigilance with which he governed his family, for the benefit of his Kingdom.

REFLECTION

We are all equally required to care for the advancement and spiritual usefulness of the people God has placed in our charge, and for the exact fulfillment of the obligations that are included in the state or employment in which Divine Providence has placed us. The example of this Holy King should excite our desire to carefully satisfy everything; and to use the talents that His Majesty has given us, to the benefit of our neighbors, certain that God will not leave our vigilance without abundant reward.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

Our God and Lord, who with such admirable wisdom govern all things, arranging them for the glory of your Power and the utility of creatures: recognizing our insufficiency and ignorance we cry out to You, the origin of all good, pleading with You to enlighten us, so that we may know what which is more agreeable to your will and conducive to the fulfillment of the charges entrusted to us by your Providence. Lead us through the intercession of your Servant Saint Louis, to whom you gave grace to succeed in ruling his Kingdom, banish abuses, repress vices, and advance the glory of your Holy Name with his examples and exhortations. Give us, Lord, the same Divine Spirit who directed your actions, so that we may correct ours, we know how to please you, and living honestly, we recommend your Holy Law, encouraging our neighbors to its most exact observance, so that employed in your service, your Name may be sanctified. So we ask this through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

DAY EIGHTH – AUGUST 23

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE MODERATION AND MAGNANIMITY OF SAN LOUIS.

God endowed Saint Louis with a heart full of modesty and moderation, with which, free to enter into the ambition of expanding his States, making use of the misfortunes of his neighbors, he showed a magnanimous spirit, refusing the repeated offers that were made to him of the Crown of the Empire, of Naples, and of other Kingdoms that wanted to be placed under his just and soft government. Inclined to peace, he never undertook any war, unless the need to defend himself was required: and God having given him victory from the Count of Tolosa, the Count of the March, and others who, supported by the King of England, had led a civil and dangerous war He used so much restraint with the defeated that he granted them freedom and very advantageous peace. Many Princes, by the reputation of his prudence, made him Referee of their differences, which he managed to compose, extinguishing the hatreds and dissensions that divided them. She did many diligences to reconcile Emperor Frederick II with the Popes, for the good of the Church: she kept her Kingdoms in peace and justice, and had her Ministers in charge, in case of doubt, to judge in favor of her vassals the claims which he also entrusted to his son and successor in the instruction that he left him at the time of death.

REFLECTION

Meekness and moderation make the Christian Religion recommendable; and shows signs of a true son of his, the one who easily to forgive his enemies strives to win their hearts through all kinds of good offices, imitating Jesus Christ who with his actions and warnings encourages us to discard ambition, the root of all evils, and to embrace the modesty and sobriety with which we will acquire inner peace, and the trust and love of our neighbors.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

God and our Lord, who with the example of your Son Jesus Christ and of the Saints, teach us to discard the honorable grounds, and only yearn for the possession of the Celestial Homeland: admit our humble prayers, accompanied by the interposition of your servant Saint Luis, and grant us a heart detached from the attractions of the earth, so that by not allowing ourselves to be overcome by the anxious request to possess the honors, riches and abundances with which the world invites its followers, we moderate our desires, and we use the goods sparingly. present, without offense or harm from our neighbors. And then, Lord, you know how much temporal needs aggravate our hearts, attend us with pious providence, freeing us from the anguish they cause us, to use us more freely in your praises, and sigh for eternal happiness; So we beg you through Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

DAY NINE – AUGUST 24

By the sign …
Act of contrition and Prayer for every day.

OF THE ZEAL THAT SAINT LOUIS HAD TO EXPAND THE FAITH.

The fiery one. The love that Saint Louis had for God, and the zeal to expand the Faith of Jesus Christ, and make him adore the Nations that occupied the precious land in which the Mysteries of our Redemption were worked, impelled the Holy King to undertake the dangerous journey of the Syria, encouraging with his example and exhortations many lords and princes who accompanied him and witnessed the ardor with which he exposed himself to all dangers and fatigue to achieve such a pious design. Although the effects did not correspond to his wishes, God allowing the Holy King and much of his army to remain prisoners of the Barbarians, his zeal did not wane, and all the time he was in Syria was used to spread the Religion, making it recommendable. his very pure life and admirable examples, with which he converted many infidels. Returned to his kingdom,

REFLECTION

If we were zealous for the glory of God, and for the spiritual good of our neighbors, we would feel great pain at seeing such vast regions where the knowledge of Jesus Christ is lacking, and we would sacrifice our rest because so many souls take advantage of the precious fruit of his Blood. But since we do not have the courage to offer ourselves to death, like this Holy King, for the conversion of the Infidels, let us try with good examples and exhortations to attract our neighbors to sanctify the Name of God with the observance of his Divine Law without neglecting our own advantage, fighting against our passions, sure that this long martyrdom will acquire for us the consolations and rewards that God has in store for us in his Celestial Kingdom.

PRAYER FOR THIS DAY

Our God and Lord, abundant in mercies, who adorn your Saints with the ardent zeal to spread the news of your Name among the Nations that do not know you for your greater glory and the utility of Souls: communicate to us through the intercession of your servant Saint Luis, fervent desire for the conversion of the Infidels, and apply to them the infinite price of torments and Passion of your Most Holy Son, so that converted to You, they may be able to participate in the esteemed treasure of the Sacraments, and united with us by Faith and Charity, also enjoy the eternal happiness that you have promised us. Teach us to venerate your just judgments, and surrender to your dispositions; and because you love us with so much excess, teach us to fulfill your precepts, and direct our works, words and thoughts to your greater glory, for our eternal health. So we beg you through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Pray our Father and Hail Mary three times, with Gloria Patri. The Joys, Antiphon, Verses and Prayer will be prayed every day.

NOVENA TO SAINT LOUIS IX, KING OF FRANCE

NOVENA TO
SAINT LOUIS IX, KING OF FRANCE.
Repeat the following Novena prayers every day for 9 consecutive days.


O holy King St. Louis,
worthy son of our Holy Father St. Francis
and patron of the Third Order,
intercede for me with our Heavenly Father.

Obtain for me the grace to follow in thy footsteps,
to be always a dutiful child of St. Francis,
and to observe exactly, all the days of my life,
that holy rule which thou loved so ardently and kept so faithfully.

Be my guide and protector,
so that I may never stray from the path of virtue
but increase daily in holiness and perfection,
and finally merit to be numbered among the chosen ones
of our Seraphic Father in Heaven.

Amen.

O God, Who didst exalt blessed Louis Thy Confessor
from an earthly realm to the glory of Thy Heavenly kingdom:
grant, we pray Thee,
that by his merits and intercession
we may be made heirs of the King of Kings,
Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
Who liveth and reigneth for ever and ever.

Amen.

Litany of Saint Louis of France.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of heaven,
have mercy on us.

God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
have mercy on us.

God the Holy Ghost,
have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God,
have mercy on us.

Holy Mary,
pray for us.

Holy Mother of God,
pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins,
pray for us.

Saint Louis of France,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, scion of devout parents,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, constant protector of the children of God,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, steadfast teacher of piety,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, true model of Christian virtue,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, faithful confessor of the living Christ,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, kingly bearer of humiliations,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, staunch defender of the glorified Christ,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, true martyr of the flesh by mortification,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, detester of worldly pride and honor,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, saviour of souls,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, ardent lover of God,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, kind friend of enemies,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, rapt in prayer to God,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, hope of sinners,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, giver of gifts,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, founder of charitable institutions for the afflicted,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, generous giver of alms,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, lavish dispenser of riches,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, guard of the holy places of pilgrimage,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, detester of immoderate people,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, protector of widows and orphans,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, defender of the sepulchre of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, victor over the Saracens,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, protector of those in pagan slavery,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, converter of unbelievers to the Christian faith,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, visitor of hospitals and dispenser of favors to the infirm,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, healer of the sick,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, intercessor and patron of the French King,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, from whom those who flee to thee obtain the infallible help of God,
pray for us.

Saint Louis, at whose request divers diseases are miraculously cured,
pray for us.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

Christ hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

Glory Be…

V. Pray for us, Saint Louis:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O Lord, King of kings, Jesus Christ,
Who didst love Saint Louis and didst lead him into the heavenly Kingdom:
grant that by his intercession and good works,
we may participate in his glory for all eternity.
Who livest and reignest world without end.

Amen.

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Our Lady of Prompt Succor (8 January)

French Ursulines arrived in New Orleans in 1727 and established the oldest school for girls currently operating in what is now the United States. During a per iod of crisis after a large group of nuns left New Orleans for Cuba in 1803, Mother St. Andre Madier, one of the seven nuns who remained, appealed to her cousin, an Ursuline in France whom the reign of terror had forced to leave her monastery at Pont-Saint-Espirt. She was Mother St. Michel Gensoul, a remarkable woman of great talent and interior piety, who, during the exile in Montpellier, opened a boarding school for girls there. Fearing for the flourishing school, Bishop Fournier refused to request her leave, saying that only the Pope, then a prisoner of Napoleon, could give such a permission. One day while praying before a statue of the Blessed Mother, she was inspired to say, “O most holy Virgin Mary, if you obtain a prompt and favorable answer to my letter, I promise to have you honored in New Orleans under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor.” The situation was near impossible. But this did not discourage Agathe, who immediately wrote a letter to Pope Pius VII, but after three months, she was still without means to send it.

She not only found a way to send the letter a few days later, but the Pontiff replied within a month! He granted his permission, blessing her new undertaking, which surprised the bishop who asked to bless the statue that Mother St. Michel had carved to take with her to New Orleans.

Since the end of  December 1810, when Mother St. Michel, her companions and the statue arrived in New Orleans, devotion to Our Lady of Prompt Succor has grown in New Orleans and Louisiana, and has spread through the United States and even beyond. In the late 19th century, Pope Leo XIII granted the solemn crowning of the statue, an honor carried out splendidly by Archbishop Janssens on November 10, 1895. In 1912 this devotion was officially approved by Rome.
From conversations, letters, contributions, requests for Masses of thanksgiving and similar sources, generations of Ursulines and friends of Our Lady of Prompt Succor have learned about many of the favors granted through the intercession of  Our Lady in response to pleas for quick and favorable help. We will never know them all. But those we know are a source of encouragement and hope to all who count on Our Lady’s help.
Among them, two interventions of Our Lady in particular come from early New Orleans as important to the city and its people. The first has to do with one of the great fires which periodically threatened the city, the Ursuline Convent included. Frightened residents joined the sisters in the convent chapel, begging Our Lady to save them and their homes from the raging wind and flames. Finally, as the blaze drew too near, the Superior ordered all to evacuate the building. Before leaving, one of the sisters put a small statue of Mary with her Son into a window facing the approaching fire, with the prayer “Our Lady, unless you hasten to save us we are lost!” Then she followed the others to safety. Within minutes, the wind turned back on itself, and in a short time, the fire had lost its momentum and burned out, leaving the remainder of the city unharmed.
The second well-known intervention of Our Lady of Prompt Succor concerns the Battle of New Orleans, January 8, 1815. During the night of January 7, Andrew Jackson and his relatively small, little-prepared and ill-equipped band of soldiers organized their defenses against the large, very well equipped British army which would attack the city before dawn. At the same time, many citizens not directly involved in the army joined the Ursuline Sisters in an all-night vigil in their chapel on Chartres Street, imploring Our Lady of Prompt Succor to give the victory to Jackson for the United States, saving the city of New Orleans from British control. During the night, the Superior, Mother Ste. Marie Olivier de Vezin, promised Our Lady that if Jackson and his men won, a Mass of thanksgiving would be sung every year in memory of her saving help to the city on that day. As dawn was breaking, Fr. DuBourg began a Mass for the same intention. At the very moment of Communion a courier rushed into the chapel announcing that Andrew Jackson and his men had won the victory, and the Mass ended with the joyous singing of the Te Deum.
(The photograph above depicts the statue after her coronation and the Battle of New Orleans. The Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on January 8. Below: the statue in her current home at the National Shrine of Our Layd of Promt Succor on State Street in New Orleans, Louisiana.)
Mary’s help has been sought from the shrine ever since, both in time of war [the Battle of New Orleans] and during the threat of hurricanes, a persistent peril on the Gulf Coast.
The internet address for one of the shrines in New Orleans is: The URL for the convent shrine was inactive at the time this page was uploaded, that is the one provided by our resource was no longer on line.

http://www.neworleanschurches.com/promptsuc/promptsuc.htm

There is a slightly different version of the Our Lady of Prompt Succor which adorns various chapels: Our Lady’s crown is more elaborate and she wears the traditional white and blue gown. The image on the left is the one most seen in the United States and is thought to be the oldest image of Our Lady in the United States. If you would like a replica of this gold-tone one:

The Rosary House does not carry this statue but can order it.

Rosary House Inc.
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New Iberia, Louisiana 70562-9668
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DEVOTIONS

Litany of Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us.

Mother of the Infant Jesus, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of all who invoke you with confidence, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of all who are devout toward the Infant Jesus, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining a lively faith, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for sustaining the hope of Christians, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining and persevering in charity, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for observing the law of God, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for observing perseverance in virtue and good works, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every spiritual necessity, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the revolt of self-will, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in the occasion of sin, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every temptation, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the evil spirit, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for obtaining contrition, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of those wishing to re-enter the path of salvation, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the conversion of sinners, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every temporal necessity, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every affliction, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of afflicted families, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the sick and the poor, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against contagious diseases and epidemics, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in every accident, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against destruction by fire, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against lightning and tempest, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against destruction by flood, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of travelers, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of navigators, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of the shipwrecked, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the enemies of our country, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor in time of war, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of those aspiring to the holy priesthood and the religious life, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of laborers in the Lord’s vineyard, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of missionaries who spread the faith, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor of our Holy Father the Pope, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for those searching for the faith, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor against the enemies of the Church, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor at the hour of death, pray for us.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor for the deliverance of the Souls in Purgatory, pray for us.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V: Our Lady of Prompt Succor, pray for us.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.O Almighty and Eternal God, Who sees us surrounded by so many dangers and miseries, grant in Thine infinite goodness that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Thy Divine Son, may defend us from the evil spirit and protect us against all adversities, that always and with prompt succor she may deliver us from every evil of soul and body, and safely guide us to the kingdom of Heaven, through the merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

Traditional Nine Day Novena

Short Novena

    O Almighty and Eternal God, seeing us surrounded by so many dangers and miseries, grant in Thy infinite goodness that the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Thy Divine Son, may defend us from the evil spirit, protect us from all adversities, obtain for us mention your request here and safely guide us to the kingdom of Heaven. This we ask of Thee through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever. Amen.

O Mary, Mother of God, amid the tribulations of the world, watch over the people of God and be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Make haste to help us in all our necessities, that in this fleeting life you may be our succor. Obtain for us mention your request here Help us to gain life everlasting through the merits of Jesus, thy Son, our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

    Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. (Three times.)

Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be

Longer Novena

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, thou art after Jesus our only hope. O Most Holy Virgin, whose merits have raised thee high above angel choirs to the very throne of the Eternal and whose foot crushed the head of the infernal serpent, thou art strong against the enemies of our salvation. O Mother of God, thou art our Mediatrix most kind and loving. Hasten, then, to our help, and as thou didst once save thy beloved City from ravaging flames and our Country from an alien foe, do now have pity on our misery, and obtain for us the graces we beg of thee. Deliver us from the wiles of Satan, assist us in the many trials which beset our path in this valley of tears, and be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death. Amen.

      • Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us. (Three times.)

Say an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be then the Litany of Our Lady of Prompt Succor [below] after the prayer “O Mary, Mother of God”.

O Mary, Mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watches over us and over the Church of thy Son, be to us and to the Church, truly, Our Lady of Prompt Succor; make haste to help us in all our necessities, that in this fleeting life thou may be our succor, and obtain for us mention your request here Help us to gain life everlasting through the merits of Jesus, thy Son, Our Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Feast of the Miraculous Medal (27 November)

From: MIRACULOUS MEDAL: ITS Origin, History, Circulation, Results by Rev Aladbel

When Sister Catherine was favored with these apparitions of the Blessed Virgin she related by word of mouth to her Director, what she had seen and heard, and he, though apparently attaching little importance to her communications, carefully took note of them. The Sister never thought of writing them, she judged herself incapable of doing so, and, moreover, in her opinion, it would have been contrary to humility.

In 1856, when events had confirmed the truth of her predictions, M. Aladel told her to commit to writing all she could recollect of the supernatural visitations of 1830. She obeyed, despite her repugnance, and sketched an account of her vision of St. Vincent’s heart, which we have already read, and that of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin.

In obedience, she again wrote in 1876, an account of these same apparitions.

Finally, another copy, not dated, was found among her papers after death.

These three narrations accord perfectly in the main, yet differ sufficiently in detail to prove that one was not copied from the other.

To these manuscripts, in which no change has been made, except a correction of faults in style and orthography, are we indebted for the following account of the apparitions.

It is to be regretted that M. Aladel’s notes should have been almost entirely destroyed; no doubt they contained very interesting details, but what portion of them remains, is of little importance.

Before quoting Sister Catherine’s own narration, we must remark, that the first vision, having little reference to anything but the Sister herself and St. Vincent’s two Communities, M. Aladel did not deem it advisable to have published; also, that although the account of the vision of the medal in the first editions of the notice, seems to differ notably from that related by the Sister, we will see later how these discrepancies can be explained, and that in the main the two versions are identical.

FIRST APPARITION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
To Sister Catherine Labouré, Daughter of Charity. After a picture painted from instructions given by Sister Catherine.

Sister Catherine, already favored with celestial visions, ardently desired, with all the simplicity of her nature, to see the Blessed Virgin. To obtain this grace, she invoked her good Angel, St. Vincent, and the Blessed Virgin herself.

On the 18th of July, 1830, eve of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, the Directress of the Seminary gave an instruction on devotion to the Saints and the Blessed Virgin; this but inflamed our Sister’s pious desire. Fully imbued with the thought, she retired for the night, recommending herself to her blessed Father, St. Vincent, and confidently believing that her prayers would be answered.

About half-past eleven o’clock, she hears her name, “Sister Labouré,” distinctly called three times; suddenly awaking, she opens her curtain on the side whence the voice proceeds, and what does she perceive? A little child of ravishing beauty, four or five years of age, dressed in white and enveloped in the radiant light beaming from his fair hair and noble person. “Come,” said he, in a melodious voice, “come to the chapel, the Blessed Virgin awaits you.” But, thought Sister Catherine (she slept in a large dormitory), the others will hear me, I shall be discovered. “Have no fears,” said the child, answering her thought, “it is half-past eleven, everybody is asleep, I will accompany you.”

At these words, no longer able to resist the invitation of her amiable guide, Sister Catherine dresses hastily and follows the child, who walks always at her left, illuming the places through which he passes; and everywhere along their path, to the Sister’s great astonishment, does she find the lamps lighted. Her surprise redoubles, on seeing the door open at the child’s touch, and on finding the altar resplendent with lights, “reminding her,” she said, “of the midnight Mass.”

The child conducts her into the sanctuary; here she kneels, whilst her celestial guide remains standing a little behind at her left.

The moments of waiting seem long to Sister Catherine; at last, about midnight, the child says to her: “Behold the Blessed Virgin, behold her!” At that instant, she distinctly hears on the right hand side of the chapel, a slight noise, like the rustling of a silk robe; a most beautiful lady enters the sanctuary, and takes her seat in the place ordinarily occupied by the Director of the Community, on the left side of the sanctuary. The seat, the attitude, the costume (a white robe of a golden tinge and a blue veil), strongly resemble the representation of St. Anne in the picture adorning the sanctuary. Yet it is not the same countenance, and Sister Catherine is struggling interiorly against doubt. Can this indeed be the Blessed Virgin? she asks herself. Suddenly, the little child, assuming the voice of a man, speaks aloud, and in severe words asks her if the Queen of Heaven may not appear to a poor mortal under whatever form she pleases.

Her doubts all vanish, and following only the impulses of her heart, the Sister throws herself at the Blessed Virgin’s feet, familiarly placing her hands upon the Blessed Virgin’s knees, like a child beside its mother.

“At this moment,” said she, “I felt the sweetest emotion of my life, it would be impossible for me to express it. The Blessed Virgin told me how I must act in all my trials; and pointing with her left hand to the foot of the altar, she told me it was there I must come and lay open my heart, adding that it was there I would receive all needful consolation. Then she also said to me: ‘My child, I am going to charge you with a mission; you will suffer many trials on account of it, but you will surmount them, knowing that you endure them for the glory of the good God. You will be contradicted, but you will be sustained by grace, do not fear; with simplicity and confidence, tell all that passes within you to him who is charged with the care of your soul. You will see certain things, you will be inspired in your prayers, give an account to him.’

“I then asked the Blessed Virgin for an explanation of what she had already shown me. She answered: ‘My child, the times are very disastrous, great trials are about to come upon France, the throne will be overturned, the entire world will be in confusion by reason of miseries of every kind.’ (The Blessed Virgin looked very sad in saying this.) ‘But come to the foot of this altar, here graces will be shed upon all—upon all who ask for them with confidence and fervor.

“‘At a certain time the danger will be great indeed, it will seem as if all were lost, but do not fear, I shall be with you; you will acknowledge my visit, the protection of God and that of St. Vincent upon the two Communities. Have confidence, do not be discouraged, you are in my especial keeping.

“‘There will be victims in other Communities.’ (Tears were in the Blessed Virgin’s eyes as she said this.) ‘Among the clergy of Paris there will be victims, Mgr. the Archbishop will die.’ (At these words her tears flowed anew.) ‘My child, the cross will be despised, it will be trampled under foot, our Lord’s side will be opened anew, the streets will flow with blood, the entire world will be in tribulation.'” (Here the Blessed Virgin could no longer speak, grief was depicted in her countenance.) At these words Sister Catherine thought, when will this take place? And an interior light distinctly indicated to her in forty years.

Another version, also written by her own hand, says forty years, then ten, after which, peace. In connexion with this M. Aladel said to her:

“Will you and I see the accomplishment of all these things?” “If we do not, others will,” replied the simple daughter.

The Blessed Virgin also entrusted her with several communications for her Director concerning the Daughters of Charity, and told her that he would one day be clothed with the necessary authority for putting them in execution. After this, she said again: “But great troubles will come, the danger will be imminent, yet do not fear, St. Vincent will watch over you, and the protection of God is always here in a particular manner.” (The Blessed Virgin still looked very sad.) “I will be with you myself, I will always keep my eye upon you, and I will enrich you with many graces.” The Sister adds: “Graces will be bestowed, particularly upon all who ask for them, but they must pray, they must pray.——

“I could not tell,” continues the Sister, “how long I remained with the Blessed Virgin; all I can say is that, after talking with me a long time, she disappeared like a shadow that vanishes.”

On arising from her knees, Sister Catherine perceived the child just where she had left him, to throw herself at the Blessed Virgin’s feet. He said: “She has gone,” and, all resplendent with light as before, he stationed himself anew at her left hand, and conducted her back to the dormitory by the same paths as they had come.

“I believe,” continues the narration, “that this child was my Guardian Angel, because I had fervently implored him to procure me the favor of seeing the Blessed Virgin…. Returned to my bed, I heard the clock strike two, and I went to sleep no more.”


What has just been recounted was only a part of Sister Catherine’s mission, or rather a preparation for a future mission to be given her as a pledge of the Immaculate Mary’s tenderness for the human race.

In the month of November of this same year, 1830, Sister Catherine communicates to M. Aladel a new vision; but it is no longer that of an afflicted Mother weeping over the evils menacing her children, or the martyrdom of her dearest friends. This vision recalls the rainbow appearing in a sky still black with storms, or the star shining through the tempest to inspire the mariner with confidence—it is the Virgin Queen, bearing the promise of benediction, salvation and peace.

M. Aladel relates this to the Promoter of the diocese, and we find it inserted in the verbal process of the investigation, dated February 16, 1836, as follows:

“At half-past five in the evening, whilst the Sisters were in the chapel taking their meditation, the Blessed Virgin appeared to a young Sister as if in an oval picture; she was standing on a globe, only one-half of which was visible; she was clothed in a white robe and a mantle of shining blue, having her hands covered, as it were, with diamonds, whence emanated luminous rays falling upon the earth, but more abundantly upon one portion of it.

“A voice seemed to say: ‘These rays are symbolic of the graces Mary obtains for men, and the point upon which they fall most abundantly is France.’ Around the picture, written in golden letters, were these words: ‘O Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!’ This prayer, traced in a semi-circle, began at the Blessed Virgin’s right hand, and, passing over her head, terminated at her left hand. The reverse of the picture bore the letter M surmounted by a cross, having a bar at its base, and beneath the monogram of Mary, were the hearts of Jesus and Mary, the first surrounded with a crown of thorns, the other transpierced with a sword. Then she seemed to hear these words: ‘A medal must be struck upon this model; those who wear it indulgenced, and repeat this prayer with devotion, will be, in an especial manner, under the protection of the Mother of God.’ At that instant, the vision disappeared.”

According to the testimony of Sister Catherine’s Director, this apparition appeared several times in the course of a few months, always in the chapel of the Mother House of the Daughters of Charity, either during Mass or some of the religious exercises. M. Aladel adds that he was not certain as to their number, but he knows they were repeated thrice, at least, the Sister having mentioned it three different times.

Here is the account written by the Sister’s own hand:

“The 27th of November, 1830, which was a Saturday and eve of the first Sunday in Advent, whilst making my meditation in profound silence, at half-past five in the evening, I seemed to hear on the right hand side of the sanctuary something like the rustling of a silk dress, and, glancing in that direction, I perceived the Blessed Virgin standing near St. Joseph’s picture; her height was medium, and her countenance so beautiful that it would be impossible for me to describe it. She was standing, clothed in a robe the color of auroral light, the style that is usually called à la vierge—that is, high neck and plain sleeves. Her head was covered with a white veil, which descended on each side to her feet. Her hair was smooth on the forehead, and above was a coif ornamented with a little lace and fitting close to the head. Her face was only partially covered, and her feet rested upon a globe, or rather a hemisphere (at least, I saw but half a globe). Her hands were raised about as high as her waist, and she held in a graceful attitude another globe (a figure of the universe). Her eyes were lifted up to Heaven, and her countenance was radiant as she offered the globe to Our Lord.

SECOND APPARITION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
To Sister Catherine Labouré.

“Suddenly, her fingers were filled with rings and most beautiful precious stones; the rays gleaming forth and reflected on all sides, enveloped her in such dazzling light that I could see neither her feet nor her robe. The stones were of different sizes, and the rays emanating from them were more or less brilliant in proportion to the size.

“I could not express what I felt, nor what I learned, in these few moments.

“Whilst occupied contemplating this vision, the Blessed Virgin cast her eyes upon me, and a voice said in the depths of my heart: ‘The globe that you see represents the entire world, and particularly France, and each person in particular.’“I would not know how to express the beauty and brilliancy of these rays. And the Blessed Virgin added: ‘Behold the symbol of the graces I shed upon those who ask me for them,’ thus making me understand how generous she is to all who implore her intercession…. How many favors she grants to those who ask. At this moment I was not myself, I was in raptures! There now formed around the Blessed Virgin a frame slightly oval, upon which appeared, in golden letters, these words: ‘O Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!’

“Then I heard a voice which said: ‘Have a medal struck upon this model, persons who wear it indulgenced, will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck; graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.’

“Suddenly,” says the Sister, “the picture seemed to turn,” and she saw the reverse, such as has already been described in the previous account of the investigation.

Sister Catherine’s notes do not mention the twelve stars surrounding the monogram of Mary and the two hearts. Yet they are always represented on the medal. It is morally certain that she communicated this detail, by word of mouth, at the time she related the apparitions.

Other notes in Sister Catherine’s own hand-writing complete the account. She adds, that some of these precious stones did not emit rays, and when she expressed her astonishment at this, she was told that they were a figure of the graces we neglect to ask of Mary. On a hasty perusal, our Sister’s account of the vision appears to differ from M. Aladel’s. We were struck with this, and had to study these interesting and authentic documents attentively, in order to decide whether the visions differed essentially or were really the same.

 

SECOND APPARITION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
To Sister Catherine Labouré.

According to M. Aladel’s testimony in the investigation, the apparitions relative to the medal were always similar, and Sister Catherine, before her death, confirmed this assertion. As we have just learned from our Sister’s own words, the Blessed Virgin always appeared with the terrestrial globe under her feet, and at the same time in her virginal hands, pressing it and warming it, as it were, against her maternal heart, and offering it to her Divine Son in her quality of Advocate and Mother, with an ineffable expression of supplication and love.

This is what the Sister saw. Was it all? No, after the first act of sublime intercession, after this most efficacious prayer of our divine Mediatrix, her hands are suddenly filled with graces, under the figure of rings and precious stones, which emit such brilliant rays that all else is invisible, Mary is enveloped in them, and her hands are bent beneath the weight of these treasures. Her eyes are cast upon the humble Sister whose ravished glances can scarcely support this celestial effulgence. At the same time, an oval frame is formed around the vision, and a voice directs the Sister to have a medal struck according to the medal presented. The medal is a faithful reproduction of this picture, at the moment the symbolical part disappears in the sheaves of light.

Sister Catherine being asked if she still saw the globe in the Blessed Virgin’s hands, when the luminous sheaves issued from them, answered no, there remained nothing but the rays of light; and that when the Blessed Virgin spoke of the globe, she meant that under [62]her feet, there being no longer any question of the first. Hence, we may conclude, that Sister Catherine’s description of the apparition and M. Aladel’s agree perfectly. The small globe which the Blessed Virgin holds in her hands, and the large one on which she stands, are both inundated with the same dazzling rays, or enriched with the same graces. The august Mary seems to indicate by the small globe merely a figure of the world, imperfectly represented beneath her feet, thus reminding us that she is the all merciful Queen of the human race.

There is yet another variation in the description of the two apparitions. M. Aladel, in conformity with the popular belief, that white and blue combined constitute the Blessed Virgin’s livery, as emblems of purity, celestial purity, gives the mantle an azure tint. Sister Catherine expresses the same idea several times in her notes, saying: “White signifies innocence, and blue is the livery of Mary.” However, the blue mantle is not mentioned in the notice of the apparition, Sister Catherine speaks only of the robe and veil of auroral light.

When questioned as to a more definite description of this color, she replied that it was a deep white, tinted with the mild, beautiful radiance of dawn, thus wishing, no doubt, to give some idea of the celestial hue of the robe and veil. It is this hue that tortures the artist, for he feels his pencil powerless to depict the beauties of another sphere.

We can understand from the above, how M. Aladel could have mistaken some details furnished by Sister Catherine, or have confounded the apparition of the medal with the visions of July 18th and 19th, in which the Blessed Virgin’s apparel was white and blue.

However, the accessories of the mantle and its indescribable hue, in no wise affect the reality of the apparition.