June 23

Madonna del Sasso, Bibbiena, Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

On June 23, 1347, Catherine, 7, saw a beautiful lady in white who gave some her some pods, found that evening to be full of blood: an omen of the bubonic plague of the following year, from which Bibbiena and environs were largely spared. The rock formation where Catherine saw the Madonna became the core of the Sanctuary of the Madonna of the Rock. Around 1435, Bicci di Lorenzo frescoed the main altarpiece against its top (Il Santuario di Santa Maria del Sasso, santuario.santamariadelsasso.it).  

Also celebrated this date:

bulletL'Immacolata, Torre del Greco, Napoli, Campania, Italy. Statue crowned, 1954. Feast Dec. 8.
bulletMaagd der Armen, Hoensbroek, Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands (Virgin of the Poor). Church consecrated, 1951. Pilgrimage August 15.
bulletOur Lady of Perpetual Help, Parańaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines, Baclaran district. First Baclaran novena conducted, 1948. Feast June 27.
bulletMother of God "It Is Truly Meet," Vršac, Vojvodina, Serbia, Mesic Monastery. Prayer vigil.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly