The Miraculous Medal runs the 100 meter race with Usain Bolt at the Olympic Games

by | Aug 15, 2016 | News, Reflections | 5 comments

On the evening of Sunday, August 14, 2016, famed Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt won gold in a characteristically dynamic and seemingly effortless 100-meter performance at his third consecutive Olympics, this time in Rio de Janeiro, making him the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 100-meter dash. There is little doubt as to why Bolt is easily regarded as the world’s fastest man.

However, perhaps not as readily in the spotlight is notice of Bolt’s deep Catholic faith. In August of 2012, in the days following Bolt’s participation in the London Olympics, the Catholic News Agency reported that the Vatican invited Usain Bolt to address religious liberty conference. The article mentions that “as a Catholic, Bolt is known for making the Sign of the Cross before racing competitively.”

In addition to his other inspirational outward signs of faith, more encouraging than Bolt’s hard-earned gold medals is that he wears an even more powerful medal: the Miraculous Medal, as promulgated by French Saint Catherine Labouré (1806-1876). The Miraculous Medal features an inscription invoking the prayerful intercession of the Lord’s Mother with these French words: “O, Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous” (“O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee”).

May that be our prayer as we ask Our Lady to draw us increasingly closer to her Son. You can learn more by visiting the site for the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Paris.

Usain Bolt is preparing to turn thirty years old on August 21, 2016, and in the full life ahead of him, he is sure to continue exhibiting his skillful athleticism. However, we should pray for him to continue leading others to Jesus Christ through the model of his faith, keeping in mind and heart the words of the monumentally courageous Saint Paul, as he wrote in his Second Letter to Timothy: “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on, the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

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  2. Lynne B. Flores

    It was the Blessed Virgin Mary who told St Catherine Laboure that the Miraculous Medal with inscriptions be engraved and anybody who will wear it shows that he has strong faith that Mama Mary will intercede for him to Jesus Christ and God the Father. Many devotees have been helped by Mama Mary through wearing this medal as a sign of their faith in God. Non Catholics scorn and laugh at people wearing the medal…. they do not believe that it was Mama Mary herself who said that the medal must be engraved and worn, same thing with the Scapular of Mt. Carmel and with the praying of the Holy Rosary.

  3. Rosario Del Callar

    Greataer things happen when we call on to her intervention. Nothing that is asked for that she will not give through her son Jesus christ.if it merits our soul.

  4. Mark J Patel

    I was ecstatic to discover that Usain Bolt is a devout Catholic. He is the perfect role model for young and old alike. I wear the miraculous medal at all times too. I’m not at all surprised that God has chosen our Superman, Mr. Bolt, to draw people on the right path by his shining example.

  5. Judemary

    Same goes for Lionel Messi, he is also devoted to Mama Mary as he wore an inner shirt bearing the picture of Mama Mary seen when he raises his jessy after scoring.