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By Susan Laielli (Special to the Florida Catholic)

05/26/2016

Incarnation parishioner Julie Schrock makes Our Lady of Miraculous Medal bracelets as a devotion to Mary and to benefit the school scholarship fund.

Incarnation parishioner Julie Schrock makes Our Lady of Miraculous Medal bracelets as a devotion to Mary and to benefit the school scholarship fund.

The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is a medal created by Saint Catherine Labouré following a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary displayed inside an oval frame, standing upon a globe, wearing many rings of different colors. Around the margin of the frame appeared the words: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

The frame seemed to rotate, showing a circle of 12 stars, a large letter M surmounted by a cross, and the stylized Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. Catherine then heard Mary ask her to take these images to her father confessor, telling him that they should be put on medallions, and saying “All who wear them will receive great graces.”

It is during May that the Catholic Church offers as an opportunity to renew our own devotion to the Mother of God. For individuals there are daily Marian devotions and specific prayers that are emphasized during May. In a broader way, the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated and honored through a “May Crowning” in a Church, or by putting a particular emphasis on praying the rosary.

Sarasota resident and Incarnation parishioner Julie Schrock believes grace from Our Lady is felt every day, as she fights reoccurring ovarian cancer, yet still finds a way to give back to the Blessed Mother, whom she attributes with bringing her home to her family many years ago after she went missing, crippling her parents with fear for their little girl.

An Our Lady of Miraculous Medal bracelet made by Incarnation parishioner Julie Schrock as at devotion to Mary and to benefit the school scholarship fund.

An Our Lady of Miraculous Medal bracelet made by Incarnation parishioner Julie Schrock as at devotion to Mary and to benefit the school scholarship fund.

“I took off and became involved in material things of this world, which ultimately led me to a dark place,” Schrock says.

 

Schrock, who later learned her parents had committed to praying the rosary daily asked Mary to intercede with Jesus for their daughter’s safe return.

“On the first day after they finished the rosary, the phone rang and it was me – I wanted to come home.”

Schrock, who is now a member of the Legion of Mary, isn’t shy about sharing her mistakes in life, and she’s definitely not wary of broadcasting her love and devotion to the Blessed Mother, which she partly expresses through the making of Miraculous Medal bracelets as a fundraiser for Incarnation Catholic School in Sarasota.

“I want everyone to experience the true devotion to Mary, and feel her grace. The bracelets are a wonderful reminder of her love – I would like to see all Diocesan Catholic Schools selling them to raise a few dollars for Catholic education,” Schrock says.

If you would like to donate $5 toward Incarnation Catholic School’s scholarship fund contact Dawn Gordon at 941-921-6631 and you’ll receive a handmade Miraculous Medal bracelet. Other schools interested in participating in this effort can contact Julie Schrock directly at 941-302-8896.

Here is a reminder of each of the medal’s symbols.

The Front Side

• Mary stands on a globe, crushing a serpent beneath her feet. Describing the original vision, Catherine said the Blessed Mother appeared radiant as a sunrise, “in all her perfect beauty.”

• Rays shoot out from Mary’s hands, which she told Catherine, “… symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them.”

• Words from the vision form an oval frame around Mary: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”

Seen as a matrix, the elements of the front design encapsulate major Marian tenets:

Qualities of Our Lady as illustrated by the Medal

• Her open arms, the “recourse” we have in her • Immaculate The words, “conceived without sin” • Assumed into Heaven She stands on the globe

• Mediatrix Rays from her hands symbolizing “graces”

• Our Protection Crushes the serpent (Gn. 3:15)

The Reverse Side

• A cross-and-bar surmounts a large, bold “M”

• 12 stars disperse around the perimeter

• Two hearts are depicted underneath the “M,” the left lapped with a crown of thorns, the right skewed by a sword. From each, a flame emanates from the top. Again, employing a grid analysis, we can see how the reverse-side design contains great symbolism reflecting major tenets of the Catholic faith.

Design Element and its Catholic Meaning

• The large letter “M” — Mary as Mother, Mediatrix.

• Cross and bar — Jesus’ cross of Redemption. • 12 stars — 12 Apostles, who formed the first Church.

• Left Heart — The Sacred Heart, who died for our sins.

• Right Heart — The Immaculate Heart, who intercedes for us.

• Flames — The burning love Jesus and Mary have for us. The Association of the Miraculous Medal, in Perryville, Mo., notes that there is no superstition or magic connected with the Miraculous Medal, nor is it “a good luck charm.” Rather, it is “a testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith.”

To obtain a free Miraculous Medal, write to the Association of the Miraculous Medal, 1811 W. St. Joseph St., Perryville, MO, 63775.

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