Why You Should Wear the Miraculous Medal

When I was still Protestant, I remember reading St Ephrem the Syrian. I was amazed by how often he spoke of the Mother of Christ and how much he praised her in his poetic hymnody. Ephrem was a Syrian Christian living from AD 306 – 373. He is early and he undoubtedly teaches that Mary was without stain, unlike other humans. He is probably the earliest and most explicit Patristic witness to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

As a Protestant, I got it. I was never really bothered by the fact that Mary would be sinless. In fact, it made sense to me. I was suspect of the doctrine simply because Paul said that “all had sinned” but I could see how the doctrine could be preserved and read in context.
I also learned about the Miraculous Medal – which is a small medal that commentaries the Immaculate Conception. It’s really called the Medal of Immaculate Conception, but so many miracles have been worked through it that it is now simply called the Miraculous Medal. Wearing it is a sign that you are particularly devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Mother and Enemy of Satan. 
Here’s the story about the medal and why you should wear it:
On July 18, 1830, Saint Catherine Labouré awoke hearing a voice of a child calling her to the chapel located in the Rue du Bac, Paris. The Blessed Virgin Mary said to her, “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.”
Catherine reported that the Blessed Mother returned during evening meditations. She displayed herself inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, wearing many rings of different colors, most of which shone rays of light over the globe. Around the margin of the frame appeared the French words Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous (O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee). 
As Catherine watched, the frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of twelve stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Asked why some of her rings did not shed light, Mary reportedly replied, “Those are the graces for which people forget to ask.” Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying “All who wear them will receive great graces.”
One of the most remarkable facts recorded in connection with the Miraculous Medal is the conversion of a Jew, Marie-Alphonse Ratisbonne of Strasburg, who had resisted the appeals of a friend to enter the Church. Alphonse Ratisbonne consented, somewhat reluctantly, to wear the medal, and being in Rome, he entered, by chance, the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte and beheld in a vision the Blessed Virgin Mary exactly as she is represented on the medal; his conversion speedily followed.
If you’re still not convinced, listen to this powerful sermon on the Miraculous Medal and share it with your friends: On the Miraculous Medal (mp3). On a scale from one to ten, I give this sermon a ten. Please listen to it.

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  • Kathleen Tully

    That was an amazing sermon. Thank you for this post.

  • Danielle

    The Miraculous Medal is amazing! My husband had been out of work for almost two months looking diligently for a job when an American Priest gave me the Medal at Saint Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney. No sooner than my Husband brought me home that he had received three telephone calls that resulted in two promising Job Interviews and one where he just needs to send documents in as a formality! I am NOT kidding! My Husband was having a hard time to even receive a call back previously. Having this Miraculous Medal in my home for less than half an hour without a doubt and my constant requests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to pray for us and asking the Sacred Heart of Jesus to have Mercy on us is so powerful. I implore all to wear the Miraculous Medal and thank the American Priest for giving me the Medal. May God protect him in his Travel back home.

  • Jason Molitor

    Everyday!

  • tonio

    Surely , these are uplifting anecdotes, but I rely on God’s grace and the leading of the Holy Spirit. A medallion will not perform a miracle, only God performs miracles. Mary herself needed a Saviour as shes herself declared.

    • Raguel

      You appear to be ignorant of what a sacramental is.

      • tonio

        I know what a sacramental is, and if your devotion is enhanced by a medallion then I hope you’re fulfilled. But why the hostility? Is it too much for you to show grace?

        • Raguel

          It’s a sacramental not a medallion, it’s not jewelry or a superstition. It is a blessed object. Please educate yourself before making more ignorant comments.

          • tonio

            “”Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying “All who wear them will receive great graces.””

            I never called it jewelry, nor called it superstition, I merely expressed my views, whether you agree or not. I happen not to agree with the article but it does say I SHOULD wear the medal. I should? What is the Biblical basis for that? You consider it blessed so good for you, may that cause you to be joyful and less hateful. But now I am quite certain you are incapable of showing grace based on your reaction. If that’s the effect of your wearing your sacramental, that it makes you incapable of showing goodwill to anyone who does not agree with you, then perhaps you should go back to Scripture and look up Jesus’s commandments: Love God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. Or is Scripture no match for your sacramental? Clearly you regard me as one beneath you and you are most likely cursing me and calling me names like ignorant and uneducated. Be that as it may, I send blessings to you and I pray that God blesses you even more and show you that His presence in your life should be enough, and no medal or sacramental is more irresistible than His prevenient grace. Again, God bless you and may your hatred burn less brightly.

          • Raguel

            It’s pretty questionable how upset you are at a simple blog about the medal of the Immaculate Conception.

            I don’t consider it blessed, it IS blessed, all sacramentals carry a blessing. And both scripture and tradition are founts of our faith which are connected with the magisterium of the Church. Not one to the exclusion of the others. It’s a rather legalistic attitude for you to demand a bible verse that says “thou shalt wear the miraculous medal.”

            Like I said, you are ignorant of sacramentals. Educate yourself on the subject before getting your panties in a bunch. I never cursed at you or called you any names.

          • tonio

            I respect that you believe all that you say and I respect your right to express all that you believe in. I am not demanding a Bible verse but I do want to know where it says in the Bible that I, as the blog suggests, SHOULD wear the medal. If there is none, then I should not have to. Still, it says that I should. I am not upset at the blog, I am rather amazed at you who appear to be a religious apologist for sacramentals and other blessed objects but can’t resist being hateful and condescending with such eloquence, especially when one does not quite agree with you. God bless you still and may you live forever.

          • Raguel

            My name isn’t Duncan MacLeod, I’m not going to live forever.

            If you have a problem with being told to wear the miraculous medal, take it up with Our Lady, she is the one who told us that we would receive many graces from it.

          • tonio

            Yes, but I would rather talk to God about it. And I would rather too, that you receive all the graces that would have otherwise been given to me by the miracle medal. God bless you again.

          • jt4

            Did you listen to the homily on the medal as suggested above? I would recommend it.

  • paulette

    A neighbour gave it to me, i remember been given one in school on a blue string