This is a testimony to what the Faith of a Mother can do.
I have a friend, whom I gave a Miraculous Medal to a few years ago. She is not Catholic and she had no clue as to what this was for. I told her that this Miraculous Medal, used with Faith, will offer protection and healing to the one who has it in their possession. I also advised her to put one in each of their vehicles and their homes. It would be good to wear the miraculous medal for protection of your person as well.
She gave her daughter one of the Miraculous Medals to put in her car.
I just received a text from my friend, and she had this to say:
We are very thankful!!! Hannah’s alive!!!! Car’s destroyed- she is thanking God- and realizing God’s grace! Love you! This was the only item that didn’t move- was right next to her and her purse hanging right next to her-
Faith is all God asks of us. Faith in Him to work, Trust in Him to do what He says He will do.
Now, Hannah and her Mother are akin to the samaritan woman who believed Elisha when he told her that if she would fix him something to eat with the little flour and oil she had left in her jar, she would not go hungry.
But she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 1 Kings 17:12
Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from it first and bring it out to me, and afterward you may make one for yourself and for your son.…17:13.
14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.
You see, this widow did not know God, but because of her belief, she was miraculously saved from starvation. My friend and her daughter know God, but they do not understand about the sacramentals that we as Catholics are so blessed to have. She could have been in disbelief, but she believed and her belief was rewarded.
The Meaning of the Front Side of the Miraculous Medal
Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her feet crush the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15). The year of 1830 on the Miraculous Medal is the year the Blessed Mother gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré. The reference to Mary conceived without sin supports the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—not to be confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, and referring to Mary’s sinlessness, “full of grace” and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28)—that was proclaimed 24 years later in 1854.
The vision turned and showed the design of the reverse side of the medal. Twelve stars encircled a large “M” from which arose a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. Thorns encircle one heart and a sword pierces the other.
The Meaning of the Back Side of the Miraculous Medal
The twelve stars can refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. They also recall the vision of Saint John, writer of the Book of Revelation (12:1), in which “a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars.” The cross can symbolize Christ and our redemption, with the bar under the cross a sign of the earth. The “M” stands for Mary, and the interleaving of her initial and the cross shows Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. In this, we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. The two hearts represent the love of Jesus and Mary for us. (See also Lk 2:35).
The First Apparition
The story begins on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and summoned her to the chapel. There she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke with her for several hours. During the conversation, Mary said to her, “My child, I am going to give you a mission.”
The Second Apparition
Mary gave her this mission in a vision during evening meditation on November 27, 1830. She saw Mary standing on what seemed to be half a globe and holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it to heaven. On the globe was the word “France,” and our Lady explained that the globe represented the whole world, but especially France. The times were difficult in France, especially for the poor who were unemployed and often refugees from the many wars of the time. France was first to experience many of those troubles which ultimately reached other parts of the world and are even present today. Streaming from rings on Mary’s fingers as she held the globe were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them.
The Third Apparition and the Miraculous Medal
The vision then changed to show our Lady standing on a globe with her arms now outstretched and with the dazzling rays of light still streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. For more on the miraculous medal, go here.
The Miraculous Medal is a very important sacramental to have during these times. Healing will take place with the medal, and it will also be used to purify water. The Medal is also to be used for protection. This is not superstition but rather what God has decided to use and we must use them with faith. Jesus used spittle to heal a mans blindness….the Lord makes use of different things so we should just put our Faith in God. He will reward us for our trust and faith in Him. However, these medals need to be blessed by a Priest. However, we cannot put God in a box. If you are not catholic and you have a medal and it is not blessed….well, God will perhaps make many exceptions, depending on our hearts.