How would you think it feels to stand at the very place where Mary, the Mother of God appeared? The pilgrim group had that experience as they visited a church in the middle of Paris called “Rue du Bac” which is the name of the street. The church is dedicated to the remarkable story of Mary appearing to a nun in the religious community named The Sisters of Charity.
Mary gave Sister Catherine a vision of a medal: one side had an image of Our Lady, the other side had two hearts – one symbolizing the heart of Jesus and the other of Mary. It is called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception.
As I knelt in front of the altar where Mary appeared and in front of the tomb of Saint Catherine, I felt a deep peace. There were people from various countries in prayer. It was so quiet, so peaceful, we didn’t want to leave! Her gift from Heaven was the Immaculate Conception Medal which later became the ‘Miraculous Medal’ due to many conversions of those who wore it. The words on the medal are:
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!