Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the birthday of St. Madeleine Sophie. I took the habit 64 years ago today. At that time we were dressed in wedding gowns as brides of Christ and walked down the center of the Chapel; then our habits were blessed and given to us; we then left the Chapel, had our hair cut and were dressed in the habit with the white veil of a novice. My parents came for the ceremony. Afterwards they went to Macy's in New York and sent me a whole box of toys so I played with the the novices on Christmas Day. I was 19 years old but still enjoyed playing jacks and pick-up sticks, yo-yos and spinning tops.
Did you know that the appearance of Our Lady to Jun Diego in Mexico in 1531 is one of nine Marian appearances approved by the Catholic Church? The next four were in France: to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris n 1830; to two children in LaSalette in 1846; to St. Bernadette in Lourdes in the 1850s; then at Pontmain in 1871. Then Our Lady appeared at Knock, Ireland in 1879, Fatima in Portugal in 1917, and the last two inBelgium in 1932-33.