First off this week we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on the 25th. It’s one of those UN Days but this seems like a great one as violence against women is a major problem for the whole world. UN Women has a serious problem that we can change and make the world a better place for all women as the Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says “if we all work together: governments, civil society organizations, the UN system, businesses, schools, and individuals mobilizing through new solidarity movements, we will eventually achieve a more equal world—a Planet 50-50—where women and girls can and will live free from violence”. I don’t think it helps very much with the abundance of pornography available on the internet and even regular films in general where women are made objects rather then individuals.
This week we also have the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. We also remember Catherine Labouré, DC (2 May 1806 – 31 December 1876) who relayed the message of Mary to create the Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is a medal of the Immaculate Conception and some Catholic believe that wearing it can bring special graces upon the individual. It began in 1830, on the eve of the feast of St. Vincent, Catherine rose after hearing the voice of a child calling, she went to the chapel, where Mary told her, “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.” Months passed and in November Mary appeared to Catherine and showed herself in an oval frame, which would go on to become what the Miraculous Medal looks like, Mary standing upon a globe, and from her hands shone rays of light over the globe. While Catherine watched it rotated and she saw the back as well with the Marian Cross and images of the Sacred Hearts of Mary and Jesus. Mary told Catherine to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying “All who wear them will receive great graces.” Catherine Labouré is an incorrupt Saint, that means that you can go see her body and it hasn’t exhibited any decay since Catherine’s death. If you have a Miraculous Medal wear it if you want