The sad thing about so many of the 'tourist trap' churches in Paris, especially Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur is the fact that they are over-run by tourists. That is not so bad. But it is a fact that so many tourists simply do not understand that they are walking on sacred ground. They show no or little respect. It is difficult to pray in such places. How different it is if one takes the road to the 'other Notre Dame ' in Paris hidden away in the rue du Bac: number 140, to be precise. Unlike the tourist dominated and monumental Notre Dame, the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is small, and if you did not know it is there, you might easily pass by! And although can be VERY busy, it is one of the most prayerful places in Paris.
The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous medal was originally dedicated to the Sacred Heart (1815) and subsequently re-named after the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to Saint Catherine Laboure in 1830. A visit to the chapel was a must for this trip for so many reasons - not least because of the close associations with the the Chapel, the Daughters of Charity and the medal with the Sacred Heart. You can find out all about the Chapel and the Medal and the Daughters of Charity by visiting their website : here.
|The original seal used by St. Louise de Marillac.|