nov-27-feast-miraculous-medal-facebookToday is the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and tomorrow is the Feast Day of St. Catherine Labouré.

Brief Reflection

Those who are familiar with the Miraculous Medal Novena will recognize the following prayer:

O Lord, Jesus Christ, who for the accomplishment of Your greatest works, have chosen the weak things of the world, that no flesh may glory in Your sight; and who for a better and more widely diffused belief in the Immaculate Conception of Your Mother, have wished that the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine Labouré, grant we beseech You, that filled with like humility, we may glorify this mystery by word and work. Amen.

A couple of thoughts about the above— first: some may scoff at the Miraculous Medal as something quaint, old fashioned, and of little importance except to the simple or the superstitious. But as we know, God is able to work through the non-intellectual things in this world. The wise and intelligent can be at a disadvantage as far as spiritual understanding is concerned. We are blinded by pride, and dependent on our own accomplishments and abilities. It’s when we feel inadequate or when we “hit rock bottom” that we need a miracle. Only God can help us at that stage. The answered prayers and favors received through the Miraculous Medal can be profound.

Second, God uses the foolish, the weak, the ignorant, the humble. St. Catherine Labouré was a simple, uneducated woman. It is said that she was ridiculed by her schoolmates. She was illiterate. None of that mattered on the night when a shining child awakened her and escorted her to the chapel to meet the Virgin Mary, and from there the Miraculous Medal was born.

“Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” – 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

When we feel little, powerless, stupid, ill… we get to rely on God and see God’s power at work.

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