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Association of the Miraculous Medal



‘Silent night, holy night.  All is calm, all is bright.’

Has any other hymn captured the spirit of Jesus’ birth so simply and beautifully? Composed in Germany in 1818 by a young priest and parish choir director, “Stille Nacht” is today sung in more than 100 languages.

The carol’s messages of peace and salvation resonate deeply in our hearts.

Today, I’m writing to invite you to share these same sentiments with relatives and friends throughout the upcoming holy season. I'm offering several Christmas cards I hope you will send as spiritual gifts to relatives and friends. They celebrate the true meaning of the season — God’s gift of salvation in the birth of the Son who is given to us, the “One who saves,” the only One in whom true peace can be found.

I call the cards “spiritual gifts” because each offers your recipient a special remembrance in an octave of Masses beginning on Christmas Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. They will also be remembered in prayer during a Mass offered by a Vincentian priest every week throughout 2022.

It seems early to be talking about Christmas, but I wanted to be sure you had time to request your cards if you would like. You may also wish to call us at 1-800-264-6279.

‘Round yon virgin, Mother and Child, Holy Infant, so tender and mild.’

What a joy it is to understand that Mary’s love for Jesus is the same love she has for each of us. The love that came down from heaven joined us together as a spiritual family for all time! Mary’s Miraculous Medal reminds us of her love.

Recently, I read a story about a store clerk who’d been touched by this love. It all started when a shopper unexpectedly presented her with a Miraculous Medal and shared the story of its origin…

The clerk thanked the shopper and began wearing the medal faithfully. As Christmas neared, she went to visit her sister who’d been feeling overcome by the sadness of their mother’s death a year earlier. Her sister would break down in tears on hearing, “Ave Maria” for it was their mother’s favorite song. 

The store clerk took off the Miraculous Medal she’d been given and gave it to her grieving sibling, telling her about the gift of the stranger, the story of the Miraculous Medal, and how it had brought her great peace. Her sister gratefully accepted it. Having worn it since, she says she feels blessed with hope and encouragement.

Through Mary’s Miraculous Medal or prayerful Christmas greetings, God works through our simplest acts of kindness — for loved ones, or even strangers in a store. I trust you have several dear friends or family members who would truly appreciate the spiritual remembrances offered in these cards. 

Thank you for all you do to bring others to Our Lord through the love of his Blessed Mother. Be assured that our Vincentian Family and AMM staff will be remembering you and yours in prayer this season.

In the heavenly peace of Jesus,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director