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Association of the Miraculous Medal

Mary gave the image of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré in the year 1830. Fifteen years prior, when Catherine was just nine years old, her beloved mother became sick and went to her eternal rest. One of the first things Catherine did upon her mother’s passing was to visit the statue of the Blessed Mother in her parents’ bedroom. Little Catherine took the statue down from her father’s dresser and said, “Now, dear Blessed Mother, now you will be my Mother!”

Given little Catherine’s quickness to visit our Lady’s statue, and her maturity to invite Mary as her heavenly mother, it is obvious that devotion to our Blessed Mother was a strong family custom in the Labouré household. What a blessing our Lady’s care must have been to little Catherine, her father, and her ten siblings, especially in the days following the loss of their dear mother. Though the tragedy of death separated Catherine’s family on earth, their constant family prayer created an eternal union with Jesus that could never be broken.

This is the true meaning of the phrase, "The family that prays together stays together." We will never be immune to the separations of life on earth. We can, however, obtain the promise of eternal union in heaven through prayer that keeps us in our Lady’s care and brings us to our Lord Jesus.

Our Blessed Mother—our Lady of the Miraculous Medal—invites us to build strong families. She wants us to start with our own family, to make it a family of prayer and love and service. You imitate Mary when you show your love for others, especially when they are in need. Here are two ways to do this for your own family or for a family you know:

First, I invite you to send your petitions to the Shrine for remembrance. Ask our Lady to intercede with her Son for a particular family in need. Your prayer intentions will join those of thousands of other families – a beautiful symbol of our unity as the family of God.

Second, request your Family Remembrance Certificate to give to the family for whom you are praying. Perhaps they are experiencing the sadness of terminal illness similar to Saint Catherine’s family. Or maybe they’re in a joyous phase of life, celebrating a birth, marriage, anniversary, or college placement. The certificate offers short, simple prayers. Your care will be a sign of Mary’s care.

You may also wish to burn a Votive Light for the family.

Thank you! Your gifts support our ministry for those who seek Mary’s intercession, and your generosity supports the Vincentian Family of priests and brothers in their work with the poor.

May Mary watch over you and your family, and may our Lady of the Miraculous Medal obtain the graces we need to pray together and stay together!

Sincerely yours in our Lady,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.

Spiritual Director