The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother Mary
“The Miraculous Medal”
On November 27, 1830, Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré, a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. It was during that visit on November 27, that Mary asked Sister Catherine to have a medal made. Mary showed her what the medal should look like—Mary standing on the globe with a snake under her feet and rays extending from rings on her fingers to represent the graces given to us from her Son. She also asked for the words “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” She was claiming her title as the Immaculate Conception.
On the back there would be a cross that interlocked with an “M”. Mary’s mission is that of her Son. There would be the sorrowful hearts of Jesus and Mary at the base, indicating their communion with our suffering. Twelve stars were also included to remind us of the followers of God—twelve tribes of Israel—twelve apostles—and us who follow in those traditions.
Mary instructed St. Catherine Labouré to give this medal “to the whole world and to every person.”
Free blessed Miraculous Medals are available at the front entrance of both St. Matthew and St. Bernard.