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3 Challenges of the Miraculous Medal

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How the Miraculous Medal is at work in today's world and in my life. Mary as Mother of the Poor.

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3 Challenges of the Miraculous Medal

  1. 1. 3 C H A L L E N G E S O F T H E M I R A C U L O U S M E D A L F R . R O B E R T M A L O N E Y, C . M .
  2. 2. Today many are rereading the Miraculous Medal with a focus on Mary as Mother of the Poor. While the medal’s message is relevant for all, it is especially so for those who are marginalized.
  3. 3. In this light, how can devotion to the Miraculous Medal take on new meaning in today’s world?
  4. 4. For one thing, Marian devotion occupies an enormous place in the religious culture of tens of millions of people: Latin Americans, Filipinos, Vietnamese and many other groups. P H O T O : C E L E B R AT I N G T H E F E A S T O F T H E M I R A C U L O U S M E D A L , G E R M A N T O W N P H I L A D E L P H I A ( C M E A S T. O R G )
  5. 5. The most obvious challenge of the medal is to emulate Mary, the first, the pre-eminent disciple. I would suggest that the medal challenges its millions of wearers to have, like Mary, three characteristics:
  6. 6. To be faithful listeners to God’s word. The Gospels present Mary as the model for all believers. Beyond all others, she knew how to “listen to the word of God and act upon it” (Lk 8:21). On the deepest level, those who wear the medal are making a statement: I commit myself to live like Mary and to listen attentively each day to what God is saying to me.
  7. 7. To be faith-filled pray-ers. In a frantically busy, seemingly self-sufficient world, quiet prayer is extremely important. The poet Tennyson wrote, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” The message that the Miraculous Medal shouts out to the world is this: prayer is essential; those who ask, receive; those who seek, find; to those who knock, the door is opened.
  8. 8. To live in solidarity with the poor. Mary lives in solidarity with the poor of Israel. In fact, she is their spokesperson in the Gospels. She cries out in gratitude to God for his many gifts: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” And she recognizes that God can turn the world upside down: “He casts down the mighty from their thrones and lifts up the lowly” (Lk 1:46, 52).
  9. 9. In 1830, Mary, through Catherine Labouré, called young people to stand in solidarity with society’s poorest. This message is all the more relevant today when the church proclaims Mary as Mother of the Poor.
  10. 10. Catherine Labouré was a precursor. The medal that flowed from her visions gave popular expression and powerful impetus to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, which Pius IX proclaimed two decades later in 1854.
  11. 11. Surely without Catherine, Christians throughout the world would never have prayed so often, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
  12. 12. Source: The Miraculous Medal: Contemporary Catholics on Traditional Devotions by Robert P. Maloney, C.M. for America Magazine presentation by

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