The Miraculous Medal

Published on December 6, 2011 by in Mariology

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Our Lady of Grace, who gave the Miraculous Medal to Sr. Catherine Labouré, brings to the world a message of hope for those who trust in her maternal care. Dr. Miravalle traces the historical events and the wondrous meaning of the Miraculous Medal. This article, excerpted from a longer article on the three prominent messages of the Age of Mary, was taken from Private Revelation: Discerning with the Church. – Assistant Editor.

The Marian Message to the Modern World

The universally designated “Age of Mary,” which had been anticipated by the historic Marian apparitions at Guadalupe some three centuries earlier{footnote}For more information on the 1531 Marian Apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego, cf. Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, eds., A Handbook on Guadalupe, Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, 2001.{/footnote}, is generally accepted to have begun in 1830 with the ecclesiastically approved apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Labouré in what have been named the “Miraculous Medal” apparitions. From these nineteenth-century apparitions until our present time, Marian apparitions have been reported and approved by the Church on every continent. The Marian message to the modern world begins in seed form in the revelations of Our Lady of Grace at Rue du Bac, and then expands in specificity and concretization throughout the twentieth century and on into our own time. It is important to remember that this Marian message maintains its fundamental unity as one message from one Mother, which then admits of diverse historical and cultural expressions, as well as different emphases and specific calls for the implementations of the general Marian message for prayer and penance in reparation to God, and for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. […]

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta, renowned for the worldwide mission of charity that she began in 1946, used a simple "tool" as a symbol of that charity: the "Miraculous Medal."  A common sight it was to watch Mother take a fistful of such medals, kiss them, and hand them out to the poor.  Queues of people would form outside her convents when word would spread that Mother Teresa had come to town.  One by one she would welcome young and old, the sick and the needy, lay and clergy, the significant and the insignificant.  Rarely would any leave without Mother pressing Miraculous Medals into their hands.

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