“Times are evil in France and in the world” – The Virgin Mary to Sr. Catherine Labouré, July 18, 1830.
Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Mary conceived without sin, in which the Church celebrates the conception of Mary, full of grace, daughter of Anne and Joachim. Conceived without sin, to prepare a vessel for the coming of His Son in the flesh, she would as a young woman give her ascent to the words of an angel, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His Name, Jesus.”
Sr. Catherine received her first vision on the eve of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul (the original date) . Months later she received a second vision, during which she was instructed to have a medal cast with the image before her: the Blessed Virgin, standing on a globe with rays light streaming from her fingers. The image turned and the reverse image was revealed to her as well.
After the medal of the Immaculate Conception was struck and distributed, so many miracles were attributed to it that it became know as the Miraculous Medal, and bears that name even today.
” Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons récours à vous”
“Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”
The declaration of the Immaculate Conception was made by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854. The artist Francesco Podesti was present for the proclamation, and later painted the scene. Here is a video of the Immaculate Conception room in the Vatican museums.
video courtesy Rome Reports