The beautiful feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be here in just 11 days, and this year, it has been in my thoughts so much! On this day in 1830, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Sister Catherine Labouré in the convent Chapel at 140 rue du Bac, Paris to reveal her desire to have a medal struck and distributed in order to establish devotion to her Immaculate Conception.
Devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin was not a novelty, It has been in the church, although in somewhat inchoate form, from Genesis on. By the eighteenth century, Pope Clement XI prescribed the feast of the Immaculate Conception for the whole church in 1708, to be celebrated on Dec. 8.
But it was given to Sister Catherine Labouré to actually kneel at the Blessed Virgin’s feet, with arms folded on her Mistress’ knees while she confided in her the plans for establishing devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God. It happened like this . . .