- Created on Thursday, 16 September 2004 16:00
- Written by Robert E. Ritchie
In 1830, Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure, a religious, and entrusted her with the mission to coin Miraculous Medals and spread them. Our Lady told Saint Catherine, "all those who carry this Medal will receive great graces, especially by wearing it on a neck chain. Graces will flow even more abundantly to those who carry it with confidence."
Devotion to the Miraculous Medal takes on greater importance as we struggle to oppose the shocking moral decadence of our times. During the second apparition to Saint Catherine, Our Blessed Mother explained how pleased she is when people pray to her and how generous she is with them; how she gives special graces to those who ask; and what a great joy she takes in granting them.
Countless conversions and cures have been obtained by using the medal with confidence. Among them is a miracle that greatly impressed the late Father John Hardon, S.J. who once enrolled a dying boy in the usage of the Miraculous Medal. The boy had hit a tree head-on while sledding, and ended up in a coma with a fractured skull and brain damage. As soon as Father Hardon placed the medal around his neck and said the enrollment prayers, the boy opened his eyes and began to speak. Three days later, after numerous tests, the doctors saw no traces of brain damage and the boy was released from the hospital.