Definition: A medallion that was commissioned by an apparition of the Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830. Those who piously offer devotion to Mary and wear the medal are guaranteed great graces. Besides it miraculous commissioning, the medal is associated with the conversion of a Jewish man who, pestered by Catholic friends, reluctantly wore the medal. He entered a Church in Rome and saw a vision of Mary exactly as depicted on the medal. Pope Leo XIII authorized the “Feast of the Miraculous Medal” which is celebrated annually on November 27th.
Discussion: The wearing of charms, amulets, and the like to receive spiritual blessings or protection is a pagan superstition that is condemned by God (Eze. 13:18-20, Jer. 3:13). Apparitions of Mary are of demonic origin and are not to be listened to (Gal. 1:8; 2 Th. 2:9-10).
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- Info from Bill Jackson – Medals