Sacramentals (objects that help us grow closer to God through grace) such as Miraculous Medals and scapulars are often a part of daily Catholic life without much thought or intention. We are given these objects for a religious celebration, such as our First Communion or Confirmation, and don't really understand their significance. Living with sacramentals looks different in different homes and cultures!
My post prominent Marian sacramental is the Miraculous Medal that I keep in my car. It is hanging around my rear-view mirror along with a beautiful Jerusalem Cross that was brought back from the Holy Land as a gift. My medal was blessed by a bishop and given out at church camp two years ago. At the time, I wasn't sure what to do with this blessed object so I just hung it in my car. But since my Marian consecration, the Medal has become a reminder that I have dedicated this and every day to Mary and serving her Son. It also reminds me to make the most of my time in the car and spend it with God.
The other sacramental we keep in our home is another Jerusalem Cross that has been blessed and hangs above the entrance of our home. Whenever I see the cross there, I am reminded of a quote that was displayed in the Catholic school I attended as a child:
"Be it known to all who enter here that Christ is the ever-present..."
The cross serves as a reminder that in this household, we serve the Lord. Just like the Miraculous, both have a clear purpose in my prayer life. They are not talismans, used to protect or prevent something. My sacramentals have clear purpose in my faith to bring me closer to God; they are intentional, blessed objects.
What about you? What sacramentals do you have and how do they support your faith?
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