About this Book:
On the evening of July 18, 1830, an extraordinary event occurred in the life of a young novice. Waking shortly before midnight at the insistent summons of an angel, Catherine Labouré hastened to make an appointment requested of her by the Virgin Mary. Over the next several months, this privileged young woman would understand that she was to be the carrier of a message greater than herself, a message that must remain a secret between her and heaven….
The fascinating and inspiring story of the French Sister of Charity who became the focus of much popular devotion after it became known that the Virgin Mary appeared to her three times in 1830. St. Catherine Labourè's story of courage and holiness. This well-researched depiction of Catherine's life and sanctity is engaging and accessible. An inspiring read for anyone with a particular devotion to St. Catherine Labourè or an interest in mysticism. This book will touch anyone who admires courage, faith, and kindness.
About the Author:
Father René Laurentin, one of the foremost Marian theologians of our time, holds a licentiate in philosophy, as well as doctoral degrees in literature, history and theology. He has taught in universities across France, Italy and the United States. Father Laurentin's research on the apparitions at Lourdes, begun in 1952, has been compiled in no less than thirty volumes. His study culminated in the publication of Bernadette vous parle, presented here in its entirety in a first-time English edition.
What Are People Saying about this Title?
"Laurentin invites us to spend time with Catherine Laboure as if we were living and working along with her. We experience her farm life (market day at Montbard, bread baking) and her spiritual life--we kneel with her on the cold flagstones of the church.
"Catherine's visions are described in such vivid detail that I felt as if I were seeing them for myself. Rene Laurentin, one of the preeminent Marian theologians of our time, gives us the opportunity to see through the eyes of this wise mystic, while debunking some of the myths and folklore surrounding her.
"Catherine's love for the poor and elderly makes her a wonderful example for anyone living in our modern world. This "ordinary" farmwoman performed her daily tasks with an unmatched holiness and closeness to God.
"This biography is a an enchanting mix of historically accurate storytelling and stands as a testimony to the importance of faith and humility: "The most important thing is that her visions did not deflect her from faith, and her extraordinary charisms did not deflect her from the humblest and most ordinary service. Quite the reverse; they encouraged her along this dual pathway. This is one of the most striking features of her life" (book excerpt)."
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Keywords:Miraculous Medal - Mary - Our Lady - Blessed Virgin - Laboure