The Church of the eighteenth century suffered greatly from Jansenism and
the cold teachings of the rationalists. Yet the Blessed Virgin Mary
offered her people a token – a medal, with the promise that those who
wore it would receive a shower of graces. Now, almost two hundred years
after the first appearance of the Miraculous Medal, it may not be
inopportune to retell its history, and that of St Catherine Labouré to
whom the medal was entrusted. For, much as it is loved by Catholics,
few, perhaps, know much about its origin.