Blessed Virgin Mary, cast unto me, a vision of thy splendour...
St. Catherine Laboure, is, surprisingly not as well known as other saints, such as St. Patrick, or St. Francis. I am sure, that most of you know who she is. St. Catherine Laboure, was a Daughter of Charity, of St. Vincent de Paul.
One night, while she was sleeping, she woke up to the sound of child calling her to the chapel. When she entered the chapel, she immediately fell to her knees in prayer, to the Blessed Virgin who then appeared to her. The Blessed Virgin said to her
"God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world."
After this, the Blessed Virgin reappered to her during her eveing meditation. The Blessed Virgin appeared to her, standing in an oval frame, standing on a globe! Around the frame, the words
Ô Marie, conçue sans pèchè, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous!
O Mary, concieved without sins, Pray for us who have recourse to thee!
The frame started to rotate, and showed a halo of twelve stars around the Blessed Virgin's head! A large M with a cross appeared, with the Sacred and Immaculate hearts beneath. Some of the stars on the halo did not light. The Blessed Virgin responded to her "Those are the graces which people forget to ask". The Virgin to her to tell this to her Father Confessor, and to have a medal struck. "All who wear it will recieve Great Graces!" said the Virgin to Catherine. After two years of investigation, and examination of Catherine's daily life, her Father confessor told the Bishop, and the medal was approved.