Saturday, November 28, 2009

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal: Conversions and Vocations to the Priesthood

The most remarkable miracle was the conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne, a wealthy Jewish banker and lawyer and also a blasphemer and hater of Catholicism, in 1841. A Catholic friend, M. de Bussieres, gave him a medal, daring him to wear it and say a Memorare. After considerable persuasion he agreed to do so. Not long after, Alphonse accompanied M. de Bussieres to the Church of Sant ' Andrea delle Frate to make funeral arrangements for a dear friend. There Alphonse saw a vision of Mary as on the Miraculous Medal. He was converted instantly and immediately begged for Baptism.

Alphonse Ratisbonne later went on to become a priest, taking the name of Father Alphonse Marie. Working for thirty years in the Holy Land, he established several institutions. Out of reverence and gratitude to Our Savior, he built the expiatory sanctuary of the Ecce Homo on the spot where Pilate displayed Jesus to the Jews. So great was the love he had for his people, that he dedicated the remainder of his life, as did his brother, Father Theodore, to work for the conversion of their immortal souls. Among the converts of these two priest brothers were a total of twenty eight members of their own family.
For a more detailed account read Our Lady of the Miracle .
Thanks to a reader for sharing this link that tells how a young seminarian, Maximilian Kolbe, was inspired by hearing the Miraculous Medal conversion story of Alphonse Ratisbonne and how, after ordination, he said his first Mass at the altar where Our Lady appeared to Alphonse!

Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, Mother of all priests, and our Mother, help us respond generously to the Holy Spirit's request, through the voice of His Church, to offer up to God Eucharistic adoration for priests. Amen.


plc said...

I thought your readers may be interested in this: The chapel of this miracle (in S. Andrea delle Fratte) was where St. Maximilian Kolbe celebrated his first Mass in 1918!

one grateful heart said...

Thank you for sharing this information!