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Association of the Miraculous Medal

Our American culture loves sports. It’s an appreciation that captivates men and women, children and adults. We look forward to the changing seasons, because with them come new sports to follow and cheer.

As we say goodbye to another season of baseball, I am reminded of a truly inspiring speech several years back by a famous hall of fame inductee in Cooperstown, New York. After he recognized the coaches and players who positively impacted his career, he thanked his many fans in attendance and then turned to his biggest fan sitting proudly in the front row – his mother.

The all-star looked his mom in the eyes and beamed with love as he told the crowd, “My mother gave me the greatest gift a mother can give a child.” After a one second pause that felt like a minute, he said, “She gave me the gift of my Catholic faith. Mom you were the glue to our family and a true woman of God, thank you!”

Faith truly is the greatest gift a mother can give her child, and our Blessed Mother Mary is and always will be your biggest fan. She cheered Jesus 2,000 years ago, and she cheers you today.

Here at the Association of the Miraculous Medal, we love our Lady for her blessed motherhood, and we turn to her maternal intercession, especially in these holy seasons of Advent and Christmas.

Images of our Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, and the newborn Christ remind us of that holy night, the “new and glorious morn.” This is why the Association of the Miraculous Medal has a tradition of sharing Christmas cards, for you to send as spiritual gifts to relatives, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone else in need of faith, hope, and love.

The cards will not only warm the hearts of those you send them to, but will also grant the recipients a share in an octave of Masses offered here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, beginning Christmas Day and ending on January 1, the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God. Your recipients will also be remembered in a Mass offered by the Vincentian community each week throughout the coming year.

I pray that Mary will watch over you and your loved ones as we draw closer to the Holy Night of Christmas. May these Association Christmas cards remind you and your loved ones of God’s greatest gift— his Son, our Lord Jesus.

Thank you for all you do for our Lady’s Association. Please remember all our members in your prayers. We will be praying for you.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director

P.S. Be sure to order your Christmas cards now. Orders received after November 18 may not arrive in time for use by Christmas.