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Friday, July 13, 2012
If the Blessed Virgin Mary came down to you and asked you to create a medal in her honor, would you? Well, that’s what happened to a nun in France.
The Story of the Miraculous Medal
On the night of July 18, 1830, an angel came down to Sister Catherine Laboure. This angel was in the form of a child and told Sister to go to the chapel.
When Sister arrived at the chapel, she saw the Virgin Mary. They spoke for many hours. Before the end of their conversation, Mary told Sister that she would give her a mission.
That mission didn’t come until November 27, 1830 when Sister had a vision in the evening hours of meditation.
The vision was of Mary standing on a half globe and holding a golden globe in her hands. “France” was inscribed on the golden globe.
The rings on Mary’s fingers were flowing. Beams of light came off them. Mary told Sister the beams represent the graces she has for people who ask for them.
What’s most interesting is that Mary also had some rings with dark gems on them. These were the ones for people who need grace but didn’t ask for it.
This second apparition to the Sister did not go any further than showing her the half globe under her feet, the golden globe in her hands and the light coming off her fingers.
The third apparition is what the Miraculous Medal was made after. This time the vision was of Mary holding up the golden ball to the Heavens. The light remained coming off her fingers. Around the vision of Mary, the following inscription shown:
“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
The backside of the vision showed twelve stars with an “M” and cross coming out of it. There was also two hearts, one with thorns on it and one with a sword through it.
Mary then said to Sister, “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.”
Sister Catherine went to her confessor and told him of her apparitions. He worked with her to create the Miraculous Medal, which was finished in 1832.
The Importance of the Miraculous Medal
Mary wants to help people. She wants people to turn to her to ask for help through life’s challenges.
Some people don’t do this though. They forget that Mary can help them. Instead, they turn to other forms of support that may not be the best in the eyes of the Lord. They may also turn to supports that won’t help them as much as Mary can help them.
Having the Miraculous Medal around your neck can help you remember that Mary is here for you. It helps you remember that she has good graces to give to help you through some of the hardest times. All you have to do is ask for it and believe in her to help you.
Take a moment to close your eyes and think about how much Mother Mary loves you. Think of her as another mother you have, who you may not see, but can care for you dearly. Invite her into your soul and ask her for your deepest desires. As long as you keep the faith, you may just see your life change for the better.