Measures – 40cm (not including extension chain.), closes with a lobster clasp.
Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine at the Rue de Bac Chapel and she saw,
The Blessed Mother standing on a globe, with dazzling rays of light streaming from her outstretched hands. Framing the apparition was an inscription: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” When Mary spoke to St. Catherine, she said “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck. Those who repeat this prayer with devotion will be, in a special manner, under the protection of the Mother of God. Graces will be abundantly bestowed upon those who have confidence.”
A miracle through the Miraculous Medal.
One of the most incredible Miraculous Medal miracles began in a Mississippi prison in 1943. Twenty-year-old Claude Newman – who was on death row for shooting his grandmother’s abuser – asked a fellow inmate what he was wearing around his neck. The inmate threw the medal on the ground and told Claude that he could have it. Shortly after the young man had put the medal around his own neck, Blessed Mother – whom Claude described as the most beautiful woman God had ever made – appeared to him and told him that if he would like to be her son, he should call for a priest. He did so immediately.
Along with four other prisoners whom he had inspired, Claude prepared to be baptized. When he shared with the priest and the other men insight into the deep forgiveness found in Confession, the priest was surprised that Blessed Mother had visited Claude again. To prove he was telling the truth, he reminded the priest of a 1940 vow he had made to Blessed Mother that he would build a church in her honor if he survived a life-threatening situation. While the priest later fulfilled that vow, Claude was baptized four days before he was scheduled to be executed in 1944. Because the young man was so happy that he was going to Heaven, his last request was to have a party.
When he received a two-week stay of execution, Claude was beside himself. To console him, the priest suggested that he pray for the conversion of a prisoner who hated Claude and religion. He took the priest’s advice. And two weeks later, Claude stunned many by being overjoyed while sitting in the electric chair. Later, when the prisoner whom he had prayed for was in the same chair, the prisoner’s anger suddenly turned to fear, and he called for a priest. Together, Blessed Mother and Claude appeared to him and showed him a vision of Hell. He returned to his faith and was absolved of his sins before he was executed.