Our life and vocation are woven into a seamless whole by the three core strands of our Vincentian charism or spirit:
- Our relationship with God
- Our life together in community
- Our service of vulnerable people whose lives are marked by poverty, and in whose face we see the face of Christ
As Daughters of the Church our relationship with God is nourished by the Vincentian tradition in which we are formed and live. This is rooted in the Scriptures, in reflective times of silence, personal and communal prayer, liturgy, the Eucharist, the sacramental life and teachings of the Church, the writings of St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac and in our contact with those who are vulnerable and poor.
As St Louise reminds us:
“I want all of you to become saints.
In order to do this, dear Sisters,
we must have continually before our eyes
our model, which is Jesus Christ.
We are called to imitate His life,
not only as Christians
as persons chosen by God
to serve him in the person of the Poor.”
(Letter of St Louise to Sr Anne Hardemont 29th August 1648)
We live a rich, challenging spirituality, a path well worn by the thousands of our Sisters who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith: a path to wholeness and holiness.
Daughters of Charity have a strong prayer life which is nurtured by reading the Scriptures, by the Eucharist and the Liturgy of the Hours, by times of community prayer and by personal contemplation and praying with Mary, especially through the Miraculous Medal.
Pray with us by…
Lighting a Virtual Candle
Sending a prayer request
Praying with our Assembly themes
The Mystique of Living Together
Passing on the faith today
Praying with Mary
The Daughters of Charity consider Mary the model and teacher of spiritual life…… They turn to her, ‘in order to make their lives an act of worship to God as she did, and to make their worship a commitment of their lives’”
C 23 [Marialis Cultus, Nos 17:21]
The Miraculous Medal
In 1830, Our Lady appeared Sr Catherine Laboure, a Daughter of Charity novice in our Motherhouse in the Rue du Bac, Paris. Mary appeared to Sr Catherine three times from July 18th until November 27th. She asked the young Sister to have a medal made and gave Sr Catherine detailed instructions on how the medal should look.
It was to become the medal of the people who were to name it the ‘Miraculous Medal’.
Today the Motherhouse Chapel is known as the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal and welcomes pilgrims all day long from Morning Mass until Evening Prayer.
Mary pointed to the altar where the tabernacle was and said,
“Come to the foot of this altar. Here, graces will be spread over all who ask for them with confidence and fervour.”
Miraculous Medal Novena
As well as wearing the Medal, the Miraculous Medal Novena is recited:
A Prayer to St Louise
Most Holy Virgin, I believe and confess your holy and Immaculate Conception, pure and without sin.
Most pure virgin, through your virginal purity, your immaculate Conception, your privilege of being the Mother of God,
obtain for us from your Divine Son, humility, charity, great purity of mind and body, the gift of prayer, a holy life and a happy death.
O Immaculate Virgin Mary Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ with confidence we come to implore your unfailing help.
Bearer of Life, Mother of our Saviour, Give birth in our hearts to Jesus your Son, Who forgives our sins and brings healing to our lives.
Mother of the Church on Earth, hear the cry of the lowly and the poor, who hunger for Jesus the Bread of Life and in your loving wisdom make our prayers you own.
(We pause to make our needs known to our Immaculate Mother)
Virgin gentle in Mercy, Queen of the universe, cover us with the veil of your protection and deliver us from the darkness of evil.
Teach us by prayer and self-control the meaning of truth and the beauty of love, that with minds that are healed and hearts that are pure, we may come in the end to where you are the Queen of Angels and of Saints. AMEN
Remember O most compassionate Virgin Mary that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your assistance or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto you. O Virgin of Virgins our Mother.
To you do we come before you we knell, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions but in your clemency hear and answer them. Amen
An Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate, at the message of an angel, you received the Word of God,
in your heart and in your womb and gave Life to the world.
O Temple of the Living God, Throne of the Eternal King, Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
we consecrate ourselves to you Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
May the Medal be a sign of your love for us and a witness of our devotion to you.
May your promise to St. Catherine Labouré bring grace to us and peace to all who say
“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.”
For Miraculous Medals or copies of the Novena Booklet please contact:
Always, the hand of God is outstretched for those who which to clasp it.
[St Vincent de Paul]