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Association of the Miraculous Medal

Bernadette Moriau was born in northern France in 1939. At age 19, she joined the convent. She began working as a nurse in 1965. Within the next year, she began suffering from lower back pain.

Over the next 40 years, Sister Bernadette’s nerve and back problems only worsened. No treatment helped. By 2005, she’d been on daily morphine for over a decade and resigned herself to having to wear a body brace and leg splint for the rest of her life.

Then, in 2008, Sister Bernadette’s doctor encouraged her to attend a pilgrimage to Lourdes with the sick of the diocese.

“Oh, doctor,” she laughed. “I gave up hope of a miracle ages ago!”

Sister Bernadette decided to go — not to ask for her own healing, but the healing for others. For herself, she prayed for a conversion of heart and the strength she needed to bear her pain and disabilities.

Three days after her return, while in her community’s chapel, Sister Bernadette experienced an immediate and complete cure of her ailments. She removed the brace and splint and took no more pain medications. Her deformities and dysfunction simply vanished. In 2018, the Church approved this “divine sign” as the 70th official miracle among more than 7,000 cures that have been reported at Lourdes.

Each year, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal holds a special octave of Masses to petition Our Lady of Lourdes on behalf of the needs of our members. It is the perfect opportunity to allow the Mother of God to intercede for the healing that you and your loved ones need.

Please join fellow members from the Association of the Miraculous Medal in reciting this prayer from February 11-18. Send your special intentions, and we will place them near the altar here at the National Shrine. You may also request to burn a Votive Light.

Our Lady will smile on your prayerful remembrance of her appearances to the young French peasant Bernadette Soubirous in the early months of 1858. It was during these visions that Mary announced, “I am the Immaculate Conception” — a name that echoed the prayer of the Miraculous Medal which Our Blessed Mother directed to Sister Catherine Labouré to promote 28 years earlier!

Sister Bernadette Moriau hesitated. But I hope you won’t.

Let nothing keep you from turning to Our Lady, whose loving arms await to embrace you with God’s mercy, and the hope and healing you seek.

She desires just this: to guide you to her Son, Jesus, in whom all troubled hearts can find true and lasting peace.

When you send your petitions, may I ask you to prayerfully consider including a gift to help AMM continue its mission?

Your contribution will enable the Association to spread devotion to Jesus through Mary, the Mother of God. Your gift will feed the perpetual “spring” of prayers that flow forth from the National Shrine, including daily Mass, novenas, octaves, and devotions. And it will help make sure we can always send free Miraculous Medals on an explanation card to anyone requesting them. (Since 2015, we’ve averaged more than a million each year!)

I look forward to including your special intentions in the February 11-18 octave of Masses appealing to Our Lady of Lourdes. May Our Lord Jesus bless you for your generous support of Mary’s mission.

Gratefully yours in Jesus and Mary,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director