Each year, people from all over the world visit the Notre-Dame de la Medaille Miraculeuse chapel in Paris, France. The pilgrims flock there because they know what a special place it is. It was there, on November 27, 1830, that Blessed Mother appeared to Saint Catherine Laboure and graciously gave her the gift of the Miraculous Medal, so that she could share it with the world.
Although November 27, 1830 was not the first time that the mother of Our Lord had appeared to St. Catherine Laboure – who was then a young nun – it was the date when she manifested a perfect vision of what the Miraculous Medal should look like. The humble saint saw Blessed Mother standing on a globe, while crushing a serpent with her feet. Our Lady’s hands were open, and brilliant rays of light streamed from jeweled rings on them. An oval soon formed around Blessed Mother, and a gold inscription read “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you.”
The vision then rotated, so that the young nun could see what the back of the medal should look like. In that portion of the apparition, there was a letter “M” below a cross. There were also two hearts below the M. One was crowned with thorns, and the other was pierced with a sword.
Of the rays of light that flowed from her hands, Blessed Mother told the young nun that they were graces that she poured out on those who asked them of her. The young nun also heard Mary say “Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces.”
With the permission of the Catholic Church, the first medals were made and distributed in Paris in 1832. Although it was originally known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, it was associated with so many miracles and blessings, that it became known as the Miraculous Medal. And many Christians who have them, today, still experience grace-filled blessings and miracles. Here are just seven miracles that have been attributed to the amazing power behind the medals.