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Association of the Miraculous Medal


“Hold fast to instruction, never let it go;
keep it, for it is your life.”
Proverbs 4:13

I grew up “back when” — back when every school day was punctuated with prayer from the start.

Saint Benedict School, (where I attended) was staffed by the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every morning upon arrival, everyone gathered outside. Our principal led the ceremony. We sang the Star-Spangled Banner and recited the Pledge of Allegiance as the flag was raised. Then, we honored the cross, praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and Morning Offering. At noon, the church bells rang, and we prayed the Angelus in silence.

Times have changed. Some Catholic schools have lost this emphasis on daily prayer. And, of course, in public schools, such expression isn’t even allowed.

At the Association of the Miraculous Medal, we encourage all of our members to take part in offering prayers for students and educators as they begin another school year.

Please send me the names of those you’d like remembered in the daily Mass and prayers offered by Vincentian priests at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal during the coming school year.

I’m also offering a special “Back to School” Votive Light card you may mail to a particular student, educator, or family to let them know you’re thinking of them. 

One of Mary’s devotional titles is Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom. It is easy to picture Our Blessed Mother watching over today’s students in their studies, just as she lovingly taught Jesus at their home in Nazareth. Mary knows what is most important in education. “Book smart” means little if we fail to understand and embrace God’s instruction for our lives. The most helpful knowledge is that which is gained in context of a life of faith-filled prayer.

Recently, the Association heard from a young member who felt Our Lady’s presence during her educational journey:

“Dear Father, I received the Miraculous Medal as a gift from my brother the day I moved away to college. The days leading up to that had been filled with anxiety, fear, worry, and doubt. But once he placed the medal around my neck, I felt an immediate sense of calmness and strength. No longer worried about leaving home, I rather felt a sense of courage come over me, almost like a guardian angel watching over me. I can't imagine having started college without my Miraculous Medal and Mary’s love.”

Could her brother have guessed the powerful outcome of this simple gesture of love for his sister? How about you?

I encourage you to give returning students and teachers in our life their very own Miraculous Medal. One of AMM’s most popular styles is a diamond-cut “Back-to-School" lobster-claw clasped medal that attaches easily to backpacks, keychains, lanyards, purses, and zippers. We will be happy to send you this medal upon request and for a gift of $10.00 or more today. (An order form is enclosed for your convenience in requesting your medal. Or, browse other choices at our online gift shop: amm.org/store.aspx.)

Asking Our Lady to watch over those you love and to intercede for them along their educational journey is a gift of priceless value, especially in a world so far from the one we grew up in — back when prayer was a priority.

Thank you for your devotion to Mary’s mission carried out here at AMM. Your faithful support means a lot. 

Sincerely in Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director

 

P.S.    Did you know you may also request free, blessed Miraculous Medals to share with school children, educators, and family members? Each comes on an attractive fold-over card that tells of the medal's fascinating origin. Look for the check box on your reply slip. Any freewill offering you wish to send will be gratefully accepted to help our ministry continue. 

P.P.S.  Did your school or a particular teacher help you “keep the faith” through prayer? Perhaps it was by attending student Masses together or reciting the Rosary. We would love to hear how your early faith was formed.