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Association of the Miraculous Medal

This past year, a couple visited us here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. They had just returned from Lourdes, France. He, a church organist, said he had a brain tumor and doctors had given him no hope.

Parishioners had taken up a collection to pay for their trip. While there, he said Our Lady directed him to drink the Lourdes water and put some on his head. Back home, he asked the doctor to do another brain scan. The tumor had shrunk so much that the doctors were astounded!

Later, he had a vision of Jesus telling him that healing was underway. He said he felt called to visit Our Lady’s Shrine here in Perryville.

Before leaving, the couple stopped in the Gift Shop on the Shrine campus. There, on display, was a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. It had sat for over a year, awaiting a heaven-sent owner. You can guess who took the statue home that day. 

Do you remember the story of Lourdes?

In 1858, Our Lady appeared to a French peasant teen with messages about prayer, penance, and healing. Bernadette Soubirous endured opposition as she frequented the grotto near her home to visit the lady who called herself “the Immaculate Conception” and revealed a spring of water which has become a source of healing and hope for millions of people visiting Lourdes each year.

From February 11-18, the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal will celebrate its annual octave of Masses to petition Our Lady of Lourdes for the needs of our members. I urge you to turn to Mary now, with all confidence that she will intercede for the healing of body, mind, or spirit that you and your loved ones need.

Send your special intentions. We’ll place them near Mary’s Shrine Altar. You may also request to burn a Votive Light for your needs.

“Why must we suffer?” Bernadette asks the question that burns within all hearts. “Because here below pure Love cannot exist without suffering. O Jesus, Jesus, I no longer feel my cross when I think of yours … [In heaven] I shall find my Mother in all the splendour of her glory. I shall delight with her in the joy of Jesus himself in perfect safety.”

Participating in AMM’s octave of Masses offers you the opportunity to do the same — to unite yourself spiritually with Mary and Jesus in joy and perfect safety.

Any offering you choose to include with your petitions, will be appreciated. Such gifts make it possible for AMM to continue Our Lady's mission of drawing souls closer to her Son.

This includes Mary’s prayer ministry here at the Shrine — daily Mass and prayers along with AMM’s many novenas, octaves, and devotions. Your contribution also enables us to distribute free Miraculous Medals on an explanation card to anyone who asks. (Weekly, we send out an average of 19,000!)

I look forward to including your special intentions in the February 11-18 octave of Masses appealing to Our Lady of Lourdes. May God continue to bless your efforts to serve him, and may he draw all of us ever closer to himself.

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,


Fr. Clayton Kilburn, C.M.
Spiritual Director