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Feastday: February 3

Birth: 1768

Death: 1838

Beatified By: Pope John Paul II


At the age of two, Marie-Anne Rivier, of Montpezat, France, was severely crippled by a fall from a bunk bed. Over the four years that followed, Marieís mother carried her daily to a statue of the Pieta in a nearby chapel, at the childís own insistence. Marie told her mother, ďThat woman in the chapel will cure me.Ē She would pray, ďCure me, Blessed Mother, and Iíll give you a hatÖCure me. If you donít, Iíll pout.Ē On September 7, 1774, Marieís father died. The next day, the feast of the Birth of Mary, after the family had returned home from the fatherís funeral, Marie miraculously began to walk again. Later, in the chapel, Marieís mother discovered a hat she had made for her daughter resting upon the Madonnaís head, having been placed there by the grateful child as a votive offering. Marie grew up to become the foundress of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary, devoted to the care and education of needy children. Her spirituality was marked by a profound reverence for the sacred liturgy. Deeply devoted to Eucharistic adoration, she would spend hour upon hour on Holy Thursday praying before the Blessed Sacrament in the repository.


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