Patron of All
The iconic Miraculous Medal promises graces, symbolized as brilliant rays shooting from Mary’s outstretched arms, to those who wear the medal. St. Catherine Laboure manifested the miraculous medal in a famous apparition of Mary in 1830 in Paris. The medal conceived in the vision includes the inscription: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” Even the back of the medal, rich in symbolism includes the letter “M” for Mary, who intercedes for us, a cross and bar representing Jesus’ redemption , two hearts representing both Mary and Jesus, and 12 stars for the 12 apostles. It is a testimony to faith and the power of prayer. Miracles inspired by the miraculous medal are of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith.