Miraculous Medals

Written by Kevin Little
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Miraculous medals are just what their name suggests--miraculous. These medals were said to have been handed down by the Virgin Mary, by means of a design shown to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Mary appeared to Catherine in the convent where Catherine was stationed, and the rest, as they say, is history.

St. Catherine was shown a medal with two distinct sides. The front shows a picture of Mary, and the back is graced with a cross, a large letter M, and the hearts of Mary and her son Jesus. The medals are meant to symbolize the holy powers of healing that Mary and Jesus bestow upon the world.

Miraculous Medals in Modern Times

While the design of Miraculous medals was settled upon many years ago, the medals are still made in much the same way today as they were originally. All miraculous medals still follow the pattern as specified in 1830. Such adherence to tradition seems wise--after all, wouldn't you be apt to follow the Blessed Mother's instructions were they given to you?

When you're looking for any kind of Catholic medal, Miraculous or not, you'll want to be sure that you're working with craftspeople that take their work and their history seriously. A jeweler's website can tell you a lot about the kind of company with which you are dealing. Look for a site that offers not only a wide array of products but a demonstrated understanding on behalf of the proprietors of the many traditions that make Catholicism what it is.


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