Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is said to have been designed by the Blessed Virgin, Mary herself. Believers like Sal Taddeo Jr. have faith in the popular notion that those who wear the medal and pray for intercession in their lives, are met with an abundance of grace.
The story begins with the first apparition of the medal. On an evening in mid-July, Saint Catherine Labouré was awakened and led to enter the chapel. It is said she was met with the Virgin Mary that night who spoke with her and told her she would be bestowing upon her a mission.
Later, that year in November, Saint Catherine received a vision of the mission she was given. This vision was of Mary standing on a half-globe while holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it into heaven. The globe was inscribed with the word France, and while the globe represented the world as a whole, it was especially important for the people of France who were burdened with poverty, unemployment, and an influx of refugees. The vision included rays of light coming from rings on Mary’s fingers which she described as the grace that would be obtained for those who ask for her help.
Years after the third apparition of the medal, changing the design to Mary standing upon the globe, the medal would be constructed and presented to the people. Sal Taddeo Jr. is one of many who wear the medal and hold Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in high esteem and respect.