Promises from Jesus and Mary

Throughout the history of mankind, Jesus and Our Loving Mother have extended numerous beautiful promises to aid and bring graces to us in our flawed human condition. Explore the promises below and be amazed at the love, mercy and greatness of Our Lord.

12 Promises from Jesus

The First Friday Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Twelve Promises

Saint Margaret Mary wrote of Jesus, “And He showed me that it was His great desire of being loved by men and withdrawing them from the path of ruin into which Satan hurls such crowds of them, that made Him form the design of manifesting His Heart to men, with all the treasures of love, of mercy, of grace, of sanctification and salvation which it contains, in order that those who desire to render Him and procure for Him all the honor and love possible, might themselves be abundantly enriched with those divine treasures of which this Heart is the source. He should be honored under the figure of this Heart of flesh, and its image should be exposed… He promised me that wherever this image should be exposed with a view to showing it special honor, He would pour forth His blessings and graces. This devotion was the last effort of His Love that He would grant men in these latter ages in order to withdraw them from the empire of Satan which He desired to destroy, and thus to introduce them into the sweet liberty of the rule of His love, which He wished to restore in the hearts of all those who should embrace this devotion.”

Jesus gave the following promises to Saint Margaret Mary for souls devoted to His most Sacred Heart:

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state in life.
  2. I will establish peace in their homes.
  3. I will comfort them in their afflictions.
  4. I will be their secure refuge in life and above all in death.
  5. I will bestow abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  9. I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My heart, never to be blotted out.
  12. I promise you, in the excessive mercy of my heart that my all powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the first Friday for nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving the sacraments; My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in that last moment.

† Imprimatur:
E. Morrogh Bernard
Vicar General, Westmonasterii, 1954

The Conditions Required

  1. To receive nine Holy Communions.
  2. On the First Friday of the month.
  3. For nine consecutive months, without interruption.
  4. With the proper dispositions
  5. With the intention of making reparation to the Heart of Jesus and to obtain the fruit of the “Great Promise.”

Please help spread this devotion. Jesus said that “Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.”

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15 Promises from the Blessed Mother

The Promises of Praying the Rosary

The following promises were given by the Blessed Mother to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan in the twelfth century. These promises are fifteen in number and are for Christians who recite the Rosary. The Blessed Mother promises:

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be powerful armor against hell. It will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish. It will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God. It will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice. He shall not perish by an unprovided death. If he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
  8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have, during their life and at their death, the light of God and the plentitude of His graces. At the moment of death, they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and brothers of my only Son, Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

† Imprimatur:
Patrick J. Hayes, D.D.
Archbishop of New York

Plenary Indulgence

According to the revised regulations issued by the Holy See in 1968, a plenary indulgence may be obtained by recitation of the Rosary with the following conditions:

  • Sacramental Confession (within one week)
  • Eucharistic Communion (same day)
  • Prayer for the intention of the Pope (one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be)
  • The Rosary must be said in Church or public oratory, in the family, in a religious community, or in a pious association. Five decades must be said continuously, without interruption. There must be devout meditation on the mysteries. In public meditation the mysteries must be announced according to approved custom. In private meditation this is not required.

In addition to these conditions, it is required that all attachment to sin, even venial sin, be absent. This, of course, is the most difficult condition. If any one of these conditions are not met then a Partial Indulgence is received.

Please help Our Loving Mother to spread Her “Promises of Praying the Rosary”.

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Special Promise from the Blessed Mother

The First Saturday Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Promise.

On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima appeared to three children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia near Fatima, Portugal. On that day after revealing a vision of hell to the children, Our Lady said with sadness and tenderness, “You saw Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. In order to save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I ask, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.

On December 10, 1925 Our Lady with the Christ Child appeared to Lucia, who was now a nun, in her convent at Pontevedra, Spain. The Christ Child spoke first, “Have compassion on the heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Our Lady then said, “Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me and announce for me that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

On May 29 and 30, 1933, Our Lord explained to Lucia the reason why He requested five First Saturdays instead of nine as with novenas or seven in honor of the Sorrows of Our Lady. Our Lord said, “My daughter, the motive is simple. There are five ways in which people offend and blaspheme against the Immaculate Heart of Mary: the blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception; against her virginity; against the Divine Maternity, refusing at the same time to accept her as the Mother of all Mankind; those who try publicly to implant in the children’s hearts indifference, contempt and even hatred against the Immaculate Heart; those who insult her directly in her sacred images.”

“Here, my daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate Heart of Mary, My Mother, causes Me to ask for this little act of reparation and, due to it, more of My mercy to forgive those souls who had the misfortune of offending her.”

The Promise

Our Lady said, “I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall…”

The Conditions Required

  • “Attend Confession
  • Receive Holy Communion
  • Recite five decades of the Rosary
  • And keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.

Please help the Blessed Mother spread this devotion in light of Her promise above.

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Know My Merciful Heart

At Conyers, the Divine Mercy Chaplet Devotion was just about the second most prayer that was prayed after the Rosary. Many, many Graces were given to Pilgrims through this prayer, especially the sick and the dying. A brief history of the Chaplet follows including how to pray it on your Rosary beads and the intentions for the Nine Day Novena. The Divine Mercy Image and the Special Promise of Mercy is at the end of this Devotion.

The Divine Mercy Devotions

In the 1930′s, Jesus gave a beautiful devotion to a humble Polish nun, Sister Faustina. This devotion was the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. In His revelations to Sister Faustina, from “The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion” book, Our Lord asked for special prayer and meditation on His Passion each afternoon at the three o’clock hour, the hour that recalls His death on the cross.

Jesus said to Sister Faustina, “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy … In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.”

“As often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; invoke its omnipotence for poor sinners; for at that moment mercy was opened wide for every soul. In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice …”

From these detailed instructions, it’s clear that Our Lord wants us to turn our attention to His Passion at the three o’clock hour to whatever degree our duties allow, and He wants us to ask for His mercy.

Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

Jesus gave Sister Faustina extraordinary promises of graces for those who would recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. This devotion uses ordinary rosary beads and begins with an Our Father, Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.

  • On the large bead before each decade of the Rosary say: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
  • On the ten, small beads of each decade say: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
  • After praying for five decades, conclude by saying three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Novena to The Divine Mercy

Jesus also requested that Sister Faustina compose and pray a special novena before the Feast of Mercy. The Feast of Mercy is celebrated each year on the Sunday after Easter. The nine day novena starts on Good Friday and ends on the Saturday before the Feast of Mercy. Jesus asked Sister Faustina to bring to His Heart a different group of souls each day. She was to immerse them in the ocean of His mercy and beg the Father, on the strength of Jesus’ Passion, for graces for them. The specific intentions that Jesus gave Sister Faustina each day, together with the prayers and poems she composed, have become known as the Novena to The Divine Mercy. For each day of the nine day novena, Jesus asks:

First Day: Today bring to Me all Mankind, especially all sinners.
Second Day: Today bring to Me the souls of priests and religious.
Third Day: Today bring to Me all devout and faithful souls.
Fourth Day: Today bring to Me the pagans and those who do not yet know Me.
Fifth Day: Today bring to Me the souls of heretics and schismatics.
Sixth Day: Today bring to Me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children.
Seventh Day: Today bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy.
Eight Day: Today bring to Me the souls who are in the prison of Purgatory.
Ninth Day: Today bring to Me the souls who have become lukewarm.

Veneration of the Image

The image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy, is to have a special place of honor on the Feast of Mercy, a visual reminder of all that Jesus did for us through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection … and a reminder, too, of what He asks of us in return – to trust Him and be merciful to others. Jesus said, “I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it.”

A Special Promise of Mercy

Our Lord’s promise to grant complete forgiveness of sins and punishment on the Feast of Mercy is recorded three times in the Diary of Blessed Faustina, each time in a slightly different way:

“I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy. Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

The proceeding information was extracted from a booklet on The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion and is distributed by the Marian Helpers. This booklet bears the Imprimatur.

† Imprimatur:
Joseph F. Maguire
Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts.
April 9, 1984

The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, “Divine Mercy in My Soul” is available from Love and Mercy Publications. Jesus tells Saint Faustina that “I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart.” Jesus also tells her to record His message of mercy in a diary.

Find more information on The Divine Mercy Message and Devotions at the Marian Helpers’ website or write to: Marian Helpers, Stockbridge, MA 01263.

Make Your Heart Like Mine

Jesus told us at Conyers that He wants us to give Him our hearts with our cross. He said His Heart is on the cross and is joined to the cross. He wants us to be joined to the cross in love while desiring to make our heart like His by being pure and holy. He asks us to forgive, to be compassionate, gentle, loving and humble. Jesus goes on to tell us if we desire to learn more about other virtues of His Most Sacred Heart, read and pray the litany of the Sacred Heart.

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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

(Repeat “have mercy on us” after each invocation.)

God the Father of Heaven,
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity one God,
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mother,
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty,
Heart of Jesus, sacred temple of God,
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High,
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of Heaven,
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of charity,
Heart of Jesus, abode of justice and love,
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love,
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praises,
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts,
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells the fullness of divinity,
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased,
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received,
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,
Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,
Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke You,
Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,
Heart of Jesus, loaded down with opprobrium,
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offenses,
Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death,
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,
Heart of Jesus, victim for sins,
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in You,
Heart of Jesus, hope of all those who die in You,
Heart of Jesus, delight of all the saints,

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.

†: Jesus, meek and humble of heart.
R: Make our hearts like Yours.

Let us pray.
O almighty and everlasting God, look upon the heart of Your well-beloved Son, and the praise and satisfaction He offers You in the name of sinners and those who seek Your mercy. Be appeased, and grant us pardon in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

Places of Safe Refuge

The best refuge is in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Consecration yourself now and each day. Place in your home a picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary where it may be exposed and honored. If you need a picture, it is available from Love and Mercy Publications.

Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Adorable Heart of Jesus, the tenderest, the most amiable, the most generous of all hearts, penetrated with gratitude at the sight of Thy benefits, I come to consecrate myself wholly and unreservedly to Thee! I wish to devote all my energies to propagating Thy worship and winning, if possible, all hearts to Thee. Receive my heart this day, O Jesus! Or rather take it, change it, purify it, to render it worthy of Thee; Make it humble, gentle, patient, faithful and generous like Thine, by inflaming it with the fire of Thy love. Hide it in Thy Divine Heart with all hearts that love Thee and are consecrated to Thee; never permit me to take my heart from Thee again. Let me rather die than grieve Thy Adorable Heart. Thou knowest O Heart of Jesus, that the desire of my heart is to love Thee always, to be wholly Thine in life and in death, in time and eternity. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love thee. Amen.

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

I, (… name …), a miserable sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands, O Immaculate Mother, the vows of my baptism; I renounce Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the Heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as a slave of thy Divine Son, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Amen.

Please Wear My Garment

The Brown Scapular

The Brown Scapular is a sacramental that is part of the Habit of Carmel.It was given to St. Simon Stock, an English monk, on July 16, 1251 by Our Lady Who appeared to him accompanied by many angels.Nowadays it is best known in the form of two small pieces of brown cloth connected by ribbon and worn over the shoulders.

When She gave it to St. Simon, the Blessed Mother said, This shall be to you and all Carmelites a privilege, that anyone who dies clothed in this shall not suffer eternal fire … It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

This is interpreted as meaning that anyone who dies in Mary’s family (Carmelites Order or Scapular Confraternity) will be given the grace of perseverance in the state of grace, or the grace of final contrition by Our Lady.

Tradition has it that the devils told Francis of Yepes, brother of St. John of the Cross, that the Scapular … snatches many souls from us. They ranked the efficaciousness of the brown scapular with the Name of Jesus and the Name of Mary.The devils said that all those clothed in it die piously and escape us.

This magnificent assurance of salvation for wearing Our Lady’s Brown Scapular creates one of the great mysteries of our time. This mystery is that the great majority of Catholics either ignore or have forgotten the Blessed Virgin Mary’s promise that “whoever dies wearing this (Scapular) shall not suffer eternal fire.” She further says: “Wear it devoutly and perseveringly. It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure eternal life.”

Many Catholics may not know that it is the wish of our Holy Father, the Pope, that the Scapular Medal should not be worn in place of the Cloth Scapular without sufficient reason. Mary cannot be pleased with any one who substitutes the medal out of vanity, or fear to make open profession of religion. Such persons run the risk of not receiving the Promise. The medal has never been noted for any of the miraculous preservations attributed to the Brown Cloth Scapular.

Another important aspect of wearing the Scapular is the Sabbatine Privilege. This concerns the promise made by the Blessed Mother to Pope John XXII in a vision. She told him about those who wear the Brown Scapular that She shall descend on the Saturday after their death and whomsoever She finds in Purgatory, She shall free and lead them to everlasting life in Heaven.

According to Church tradition, there are three conditions necessary to participate in this Privilege and share in the other spiritual benefits of the Scapular. They are: wear the Brown Scapular, observe chastity according to your state in life, and pray the Rosary. In addition to the Sabbatine Privilege, enrollment in the Brown Scapular also makes a person part of the Carmelite family throughout the world. They therefore share in all of the prayers and good works of the Carmelite Orders.

In order to receive the spiritual blessings associated with the Scapular, it is necessary to be formally enrolled in the Brown Scapular by either a priest or a lay person who has been given this faculty. Once enrolled, the enrollment is for life and need not be repeated. Anyone, adult or infant, who has not previously been enrolled may be enrolled in the Brown Scapular.

Baptized Catholics are the only people who can officially be enrolled in the Confraternity of the Scapular. Non-Catholics will receive many graces and blessings when they accord this honor to the Blessed Mother.

On October 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared at Fatima as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, holding out the Brown Scapular in Her hands. Sr. Lucia has said that “She wants everyone to wear the Scapular…because it is a sign of consecration to Her Immaculate Heart.”

In 1950, Pope Pius XII echoed this, saying: “Let it (the Scapular) be your sign of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which we are particularly urging in these perilous times.”

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Have a Medal Struck

Our Loving Mother asked the Miraculous Medal be given out at Conyers. To date, well over one million medals have been made available to the pilgrims visiting Conyers. The Blessed Mother said to St Catherine Laboure that “All who wear it will receive great graces.”

St. Catherine Laboure & The Miraculous Medal

The Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Laboure are inseparable because the Blessed Mother initiated the great Marian age through Her apparitions to St. Catherine asking for the Miraculous Medal to be struck and given out. The Miraculous medal, originally called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is one of three sacramentals given great honor by the Church–the Rosary and the Brown Scapular being the other two.

St. Catherine, in her life, portrayed the humble adherence to daily duty that Our Lord finds so pleasing and, in her death, witnesses to the power of God over death in her incorrupt body which is venerated in the Chapel of her order in the Rue du Bac in Paris.

All that Mary is trying to teach Her children about their relationship to Her Son and the Blessed Trinity is contained in the messages She gave to this humble, ill-educated sister, and then shown in the way Catherine lived her life. It is not easy to perfect one’s ordinary state in life but this is what the Blessed Mother hopes for all who follow Her and it is to help us be better wives, mothers, fathers and husbands, sons and daughters that She bestows the graces at Her command.

Catherine came from a fairly well off middle class French family but somehow Catherine’s family skipped over her education despite her brothers and sisters being well-schooled. After her mother died, like many great saints before her, Catherine adopted the Blessed Mother as her mother. She also longed to enter the Religious Life but her father would hear none of it. Instead, she had to take over the running of his household. Each day, she walked six-miles to Mass in the pre-dawn, then returned home to cook and take the midday meal out to the fields to their fifteen farm-hands and look after her father and brothers and sisters.

She received a vision of St. Vincent de Paul which guided her to her vocation in the Sisters of Charity which was part of the great dual order founded by St. Vincent and St. Louise de Merrilac. However, her father withheld his permission and such was Catherine’s obedience that she would not enter without his permission even though she had reached the age when she did not require his permission. Eventually, he did give permission but withheld her dowry–this her brother and sister-in-law finally provided.

The superior did not want to accept her because of her poor education but the Assistant sister discerned her deep spirituality and promised to teach her and so she was accepted.

It was shortly after her entrance into the novitiate that Catherine was granted, in a vision, the favor of seeing St. Vincent de Paul’s Heart. Shortly after this she was granted the vision of Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist, and it is thought that this gift from the Lord was repeated throughout St. Catherine’s life.

After the great apparitions of the Blessed Mother in 1830 which allowed St. Catherine more intimacy with the great Mother of God than most visionaries are permitted, Catherine spent her life in obscurity working as a housekeeper and finally looking after the old men who lived in the Hospice d’Enghien outside Paris.

Catherine had prayed for the great grace of seeing the Mother of God. One night, she was called from her bed by a young boy whom she later identified as her guardian angel. Miraculously, doors opened and lights went on to help her on her way to the chapel. Shortly after she arrived, her guardian angel told her that the Blessed Mother was near. With a rustle of fabric, She arrived. Catherine fell to her knees at the feet of the Virgin, resting her hands in Our Lady’s lap. She was told much of what would happen to Paris and France and her Order. In yet another visitation, Mary manifested to her the Miraculous Medal, telling her to speak of the happenings only to her confessor.

There was much conjecture over who was the visionary behind the Miraculous Medal request but, although one or two of her Sisters guessed it might be her, she never talked to anyone but her confessor about it. It was only six months before her death that she divulged her identity and she only did this because one of the Blessed Mother’s requests had not been fulfilled. The Holy Mother had asked for a statue to be made of Herself as She appeared on the Miraculous Medal. This had not been done and, knowing she was soon to die, Catherine asked the Blessed Mother’s permission to tell her superior her story in the hope that it would facilitate the making of the statue. Before she died, Catherine was indeed able to see a plaster model of the statue at the artist’s studio. Now, her incorrupt body lies beneath the statue that she was so anxious should be sculpted.

Americans will be particularly interested that included in the Miraculous Medal messages was one about the Order that our first American born saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, founded in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Catherine was told: “When the rule will have been restored in vigor, a community will ask to be united to your Community. Such is not customary, but I love them; God will bless those who take them in; they will enjoy great peace.” This indeed happened and, in 1849, Mother Seton’s Sisters were joined to St. Vincent’s community.

The Miraculous Medal

Most Catholics know about the Miraculous Medal. Catherine was told to have the medal struck. “All who wear it will receive great graces; they should wear it around the neck. Graces will abound for those who wear it with confidence.”

Stories about people who have been converted by Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal abound. One of the most famous is that of Alphonse Ratisbonne, a French Jew with no belief in God, whose brother, a Catholic convert, gave him a Miraculous Medal to wear and extracted a promise from him to pray daily–probably the Memorare–asking for the Virgin’s help.

Within five days, his life had changed dramatically. He visited a church with his brother and was later found in deep ecstasy. He told his friends that “I have seen Her as I see you.” Without speaking, Mary conveyed to him the truth of Jesus Incarnate and His death and resurrection. He also understood that the light that streamed from Mary’s open hands was indeed the grace of God. When he came out of his ecstasy, he demanded baptism and was baptized by a cardinal who had no doubt about his belief, through Mary’s miraculous intervention in the Risen Christ. Alphonse Ratisbonne went on to found the Institutes of Our Lady of Sion and the Fathers of Sion. He died in the Holy Land and is buried at Ein Karem, believed to be the “hill country of Judea” where Elizabeth gave birth to John the Baptist.

The streams of light coming from Mary’s hands are explained by St. Catherine as light streaming from the gems of rings on the Blessed Virgin’s fingers. “..I saw rings on Her fingers, three rings to each finger, the largest one near the base of the finger, one of medium size in the middle, the smallest one at the tip. Each ring was set with gems, some more beautiful than others; the larger gems emitted greater rays and the smaller gems, smaller rays; the rays bursting from all sides flooded the base, so that I could no longer see the feet of the Blessed Virgin… The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask.”

Within months of the medal being struck and distributed, the stories of miracles proliferated and soon it became known as the Miraculous Medal. And the stories, even today, are never-ending.

The Miraculous Medal is a simple pictorial version of God’s plan for our salvation. On the front of the medal, we are shown the Virgin Mary pouring graces out over the whole world. She is crowned with stars–a crown that Catherine identified to her confessor as the crown of stars described in the Book of Revelation. The words, ‘O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee’ are a reminder that She is there for all Her children. On the reverse side of the medal there are twelve stars representing the Twelve Patriarchs and the Twelve Apostles. The great ‘M’ representing the Blessed Virgin is entwined with the Cross on which Her Son died and redeemed us. Then there are the twin hearts–the Immaculate Heart with the sword and the Sacred Heart crowned with thorns.

Devotion to the Miraculous Medal was not specifically asked for yet, as miracles proliferated, more and more people wore the medal and became devoted to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. The Perpetual Novena in Her honor was established at Mary’s Central Shrine in Germantown, Pa. by Father Joseph A. Skelly, C.M. on Monday December 8, 1930 and has continued there ever since. Now the Novena is held in many parishes throughout the world including the Chapel of Apparitions on the rue du Bac in Paris.

A replica of the “Virgin of the Globe”, the statue St. Catherine was so anxious about, can be seen in the Basilica Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg, Md.

A free Miraculous Medal is available from Love and Mercy Publications.

Learn more about the miraculous medal and Saint Catherine Laboure.

Image of Our Loving Mother

Our Loving Mother asked that a photograph of Our Loving Mother’s statue be taken and given freely to Her Children. She asked that the title “Our Loving Mother” be put on the front of the card. On the back of the card She wanted the Angel of Peace prayer from Fatima. She asked that this prayer be echoed all over the world.She said it is the “Will of God” that She be honored and accepted as Our Loving Mother as She is honored and accepted in Heaven. She said that those who honor this picture will receive special graces and many healings will occur. She also told us that it is the “Will of God” that this image go all over the world… to every Country.

Our Loving Mother needs your help to do this! Please e-mail the picture below to all that you can… all over the world.

Angel of Peace Prayer

Most Holy Trinity–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.

To purchase a Holy Card in English or Spanish, visit Love and Mercy Publications.

Pray for Holy Priests

Back in 1990, Jesus has asked us to pray for His Church. Thus began the tradition to add the “God our Father” prayer after each decade of the rosary in Conyers. The prayer is at the end of the decade right after the Fatima prayer of, “O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy Mercy.”The “God Our Father” prayer to say after each decade of the Rosary is:

God, our Father, please send us holy priests, all for the Sacred and Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, all for the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, in union with Saint Joseph. Amen.