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The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.
St. Catherine Labouré, Religious
Zoe Labouré was born in southern France. Her mother died when she was eight years old. Following her mother’s funeral, she went into her bedroom, picked up a statue of the Blessed Mother and said, “Now, dear Lady, you are to be my mother.” She eventually joined the Daughters of Charity and she often would see apparitions of Saint Vincent de Paul and Jesus. She once saw an apparition of Mary standing on a globe with rays streaming from her hands toward the globe. This would become the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Medal. Within a few years, millions of medals had been made and were found to be miraculous. It was near Zoe’s death that she revealed her visions.