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Author(s): Alma Power Waters

ISBN13: 9780898707656


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  • For more than a hundred and fifty years the Miraculous Medal has been known and worn by Catholics throughout the world. It has been used and promoted by great saints and Popes as a most powerful sacramental, Less well known is the story of the French Sister to whom the Blessed Virgin manifested the Medal in 1830.

    This Vision Book for 9 - 16 year olds tells the story of Catherine Laboure, a Burgundy farm girl who, after a prophetic dream of St. Vincent de Paul, became a Sister of Charity in Paris and later in Enghien, where she cooked and mended and cared for the inmates of a home for elderly men. To this obscure Sister the Blessed Virgin appeared, made prophecies, and commissioned the making of the Medal which soon came to be known as "miraculous" because of the favors wrought. St. Catherine Laboure lived a life of prayer and service to the poor, and was canonized in 1947.
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    The author of Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity (as well as titles not in the area of religious books) here recreates the life of the gentle St. Catherine (19th century). She brings from obscurity the loving and humble nun who labored for the sick and old for over forty years in a life of submissive obedience, and who was raised to sainthood by Pope Pius XII in 1933. This is definitely aimed more at girls but even they will find it hard to believe in a child as good as the little Catherine. The Stilted language used in the dialogue does not help the credibility. But as she grew up in Burgundy with six brothers and sisters, and with a father who exacted harsh obedience, young readers will rejoice when she wins out over her fathers opposition and enters the convent of the Sisters of Charity. Children who have worn their miraculous medals will especially appreciate Catherines receiving a direct message from Our Lady that she was to have a medal made to commemorate Our Ladys appearing to her.

    - Kirkus Reviews



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