Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and 'Feast Week'!

This week is a big week of celebrations for Daughters of Charity. Aside from Thanksgiving, we also remember and commemorate some important feast days and anniversaries in addition to prepping for Advent!

How are you celebrating? Tell us in the comments or connect with us on social media to share your photos and reflections.

Nov. 27: Apparition of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
A Miraculous Medal
This year marks 183 years since the Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure, D.C., in Paris, France. Nov. 27 was the date of the second of three apparitions, during which the Blessed Virgin gave St. Catherine the vision of the Miraculous Medal. The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal establishes the locations of the apparitions and can be seen in this photo tour from the Catholic CompanyRead more on the Daughters of Charity international site.

Nov. 28: Feast of St. Catherine Laboure
St. Catherine Laboure and the Blessed Mother;
statue at St. Louise Provincial Office
St. Catherine  Laboure humbly kept her apparitions of the Blessed Mother mostly to herself until much later in her life, only initially confiding in her spiritual director to ensure the production of the medal. St. Catherine Laboure was canonized in 1947, 71 years after her death in 1876.

Nov. 29: Anniversary of the Foundation of the Daughters of Charity
After 380 years, Daughters of Charity are still active in ministry throughout the world. Founded by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac in Paris in 1633, the Company stays true to its founding charism: "Given to God, in community, for the service of those who are poor."
St. Louise de Marillac;
statue at St. Louise Provincial Office
St. Vincent de Paul;
statue at St. Louise Provincial Office 

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and these days for the Company, reflect on your blessings with us. Share a glimpse of what God has blessed you with and what these celebrations mean to you.

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