7 Mistakes Made When Buying A Miraculous Medal
Manufactures make the mistake of not following St. Catherine’s description of what the medal should look like.
1. The words “O’ Mary! conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!” are not written in gold letters. Now granted, to create a silver medal with gold letters is not an easy task. Consequently, there are none being made. The best way to accomplish this feat is to have a totally gold medal.
2. Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is not standing on a globe. Why is this important? Because what better way to declare that Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is Queen of Heaven and Earth, than to have Our Lady victoriously standing on the globe as described by Our Blessed Mother? Her feet are firmly planted on the earth and her tender heart is at heaven’s door. The Blessed Virgin Mary was standing on a half globe or hemisphere. The globe represented the whole world, especially France, and each person in particular.
3. The Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary was viewed by St. Catherine as ”a frame slightly oval.” Many Miraculous Medals are round or heart shaped. If Our Lady says oval than that is good enough for us.
Mistakes we make who wear the Miraculous Medal.
4. We lack confidence. Our Blessed Mother say that if the Miraculous Medal is worn with confidence, graces will be abundantly bestowed upon thee.
5. The rays escaping from her rings containing precious stones ” are symbols of the graces she bestows upon those who ask for them.” Some the the stones did not emit rays, which represent the graces we could have received yet we simply make the mistake of not asking to have asked our Blessed Virgin Mother.
6. Buying from a jewelry store, Amazon or eBay, etc. . . Honestly they are just out to make a buck. Many stores even degrade the Miraculous Medal by calling it a “charm.” Even if it is Catholic apostolate, never buy a medal from store calling it a charm. This is not a charm and is an insult to think otherwise. Please, when possible, only buy Catholic medals, books, statues, etc… from a Catholic Apostolate with a primary mission to share the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church. Many apostolates like ours base their entire budget from little profit they get for sharing these devotions.
7. Refusing to be in state a grace.
Check out this Miraculous Medal that honors Our Blessed Mother Mary.
Bonus: Five ways to increase the chances of a prayer being heard.
Increase Spirit of Reverence and Piety
Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, with a strong cry and tears, offering up prayers and supplications to him that was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence.
Having a strong Faith.
Acts 14:  And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother’ s womb, who never had walked.  This same heard Paul speaking. Who looking upon him, and seeing that he had faith to be healed,  Said with a loud voice: Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped up, and walked.
Acts 10:1-4 And there was a certain man in Caesarea, named Cornelius, a centurion of that which is called the Italian band; A religious man, and fearing God with all his house, giving much alms to the people, and always praying to God. This man saw in a vision manifestly, about the ninth hour of the day, an angel of God coming in unto him, and saying to him: Cornelius. And he, beholding him, being seized with fear, said: What is it, Lord? And he said to him: Thy prayers and thy alms are ascended for a memorial in the sight of God.
Having a healthy fear of the Lord.
Acts 9:31-35 Now the church had peace throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria; and was edified, walking in the fear of the Lord, and was filled with the consolation of the Holy Ghost. And it came to pass that Peter, as he passed through, visiting all, came to the saints who dwelt at Lydda. And he found there a certain man named Eneas, who had kept his bed for eight years, who was ill of the palsy. And Peter said to him: Eneas, the Lord Jesus Christ healeth thee: arise, and make thy bed. And immediately he arose. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron, saw him: who were converted to the Lord.
Being a just or righteous person.
James 5:16 Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved. For the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.