Ask and You Shall Receive

The Next Right Step

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How surprised I was to read Anne’s comment last night. She found a book of fiction entitled, Storm and Grace. The very topic I’ve been pondering, from several perspectives, for this post! For more than twenty-five years, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of studying Marian apparitions with some learned, wise ones. In my own reading, I have noticed this era of prolific Marian activity is often referenced as an “Age of Mary” which, many say, began with Blessed Mother’s apparitions to St. Catherine Labouré on the Rue du Bac, Paris, France. It’s a story of faith to be remembered as the Storm rages on.

This story begins with the first apparition on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity, and summoned her to the chapel. There, she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke…

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