"Miraculous and/or Macabre--..." Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse Tip by ExGuyParis

  The long-dead, well-preserved Catherine Laboure
by ExGuyParis

Miraculous and/or Macabre-- The Chapelle Notre Dame de la Médaille Miraculeuse (Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal)?140, rue du Bac 75007
Métro : Sevres Babylone

All her life, my grandmother wore a Miraculous Medal. By accident one day, I stumbled across the chapel in Paris where the medal originated. According to the story, a young novice, Catherine Laboure, had a series of divine visions, culminating with several visits from the blessed mother. These visions, and the medal which commemorates them, originated at this chapel in Paris.

Saint Catherine died in 1876. Her body was exhumed in 1933, and it was found to be perfectly preserved. It is currently on display in the chapel. Skeptics may feel that an artesian from Madame Tussaud?s has had a heavy hand in the preservation, but at any rate, pilgrims from around the world come to view her body and to pray. Another body is on display?that of Saint Louise de Marillac, who founded the Daughters of Charity in 1633 with Saint Vincent de Paul. Saint Vincent?s heart is also in the chapel.

Whatever your faith, this is a fascinating place!


Address: 140 rue du Bac

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  • Written Nov 30, 2002
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