30 Days with Mary – Day 4

An efficacious prayer!

In a church in Lyon, France, a missionary was preaching on the powerful intercession of Our Lady. He affirmed that anyone who devoutly carries the Miraculous Medal with them – and most especially – if they prayed three times with devotion the beautiful invocation on the medal, that person would be converted.

After preaching, the missionary distributed a Miraculous Medal to each of the faithful.

A girl who heard the preaching received her medal and went home. At home, she showed her medal to her father and said, “Look, dad, what a beautiful medal the priest gave me!” – “That’s right,” her father said, as he took the medal and absent-mindedly read the inscription, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!” The girl hugged him and left.

A girl who heard the preaching received her medal and went home. At home, she showed her medal to her father and said, “Look, dad, what a beautiful medal the priest gave me!” – “That’s right,” her father said, as he took the medal and absent-mindedly read the inscription, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!” The girl hugged him and left.

The father replied, “Daughter, go and ask mommy this time.”

But the daughter insisted, “Dad, I want you to read it!” The girl was so adamant that her father read the prayer a second time, just to appease her insistence.

The next day the girl asked, “Daddy, please read with me?” The father, of course, did not want to read. Nevertheless, the girl insisted so much that her father accepted and prayed, “Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”

With this triumph, the girl could not contain herself. Her father asked, “What’s the matter, daughter?”

“Nothing, Dad, it’s just that the priest said that if this prayer is recited three time, people would be converted and live as good Christians. Soon, you will be converted and Mom will be very happy.”

The father felt tears well up in his eyes, and he squeezed his daughter tenderly to his chest. Then he set out to do what everyone had been waiting for, for so long. He made an examination of conscience, confessed his sins and became a good Catholic, with the Miraculous Medal around his neck.

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