The Miraculous Medal: while I’ve seen the medal a hundred times, I haven’t fully understood its symbolism and purpose. So I did a little digging and here’s what I learned:
1. This medal was not created by an artist. The design was given to St. Catherine by Our Mother.
2. The symbolism of every component of the medal is important.
3. The graces given to those who wear the medal are extensive.
Nearly 200 years ago Our Blessed Mother appeared to Catherine Labouré, a novice with the Daughters of Charity in Paris, France, and asked her to have the medal created.
Each detail of the medal holds significant meaning, from the sideways “I” supporting the cross on the back, to the rays of grace coming from Mary’s hands.
Since the distribution of the medals, miracles have been attributed to its use, including healings, protection from serious illnesses, and dramatic conversions of faith.
And it’s those healing miracles that are helping to drive the popularity of the medal today.
It’s important to note what the Association of the Miraculous Medal declares: “There is no superstition, nothing of magic, connected with the Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is not a ‘good-luck charm.’ Rather, it is a great testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. God uses a Medal, not as a sacrament, but as an agent, an instrument, in bringing to pass certain marvelous results.”
Love to all,