How many of us have seen people wear religious medals? We all have – right? The most common are the Cross and a medal with the image of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. A Medal often seen worn by men and women is one called the Miraculous Medal. In fact, I have worn the same medal every day since it was entrusted to me in 1992! Why would someone wear a Medal every day? There are many reasons; primarily for love of Mary, Mother of God and belief in her maternal intercession. The Miraculous medal, given to us by Mary, is a gift from Heaven and is worn by millions around the world!
This medal from Heaven came to us from Mary when she appeared to a young Sr. Catherine Laboure in a convent in Paris, France in 1830; giving her the design with details of this medal.
Here’s What Tradition Tells Us
Mary appeared standing on a half globe with her hands open. Streaming from rings on Mary’s fingers were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them. This should remind us of the words of our Lord when he said: Ask and you shall receive.
Framing Mary and the globe was an inscription which reads,
“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”.
The vision turned; Sr. Catherine saw a large M from which arose a cross. The M stands for Mary and the Cross symbolizes Christ and our redemption. In this we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. Twelve Stars encircled the M and the cross representing the twelve apostles. There are two hearts under the M and the cross. One represents the love and mercy of Jesus and the other the maternal love Mary has for us.
Mary told Sister Catherine:
“Now it must be given to the whole world and to every person. Have a medal struck upon this model. All those who wear it, when it is blessed will receive grate graces especially if they wear it around their neck.”
As medals were distributed and worn by numerous Christians; many conversions and miracles occurred. For these reasons, the Medal came to be called the Miraculous Medal.
It’s Also a Reminder, From Heaven
Consider wearing this Medal and be reminded of God’s promises for you and of Mary’s maternal intercession. People at grocery cashiers, medical personnel, in airports, at various places have commented on mine. It is a supple way to share your faith in explaining what the Medal represents. Carrying extra medals has allowed me to give them who are interested.
As Catholics we are called to proclaim the victory of Christ, to preach the Gospel in a world of people “who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death” (Luke 1:79). And we could have no better model of a missionary disciple than our Blessed Mother.
The Miraculous Medal is a gift for you – from Heaven! There have been numerous miracles told by Christians through the years who believed in the intercession of Mary and of wearing this gift from Heaven! Contact us at Pilgrim Center of Hope to receive a complimentary medal.
Mary Jane Fox, D.H.S. is Co-Founder & Co-Director of Pilgrim Center of Hope with her husband, Deacon Tom Fox. The two left their careers after a profound conversion experience and began working full-time in ministry at their parish in 1986. After several years and having impacted tens of thousands of families, the Foxes founded Pilgrim Center of Hope in 1993 as a response to the Church’s call for a New Evangelization. Mary Jane is an invested member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a Dame of the Holy Sepulchre.
Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.