Have you ever had a lucky charm? I can remember when I was a child I had a rabbit’s foot. Remember them? It was supposed to bring me good luck. But, it never did. It was just a superstition. I grew out of believing in things bringing luck to me.
Many non-catholic’s believe that the medals we wear or the rosaries we use or the statues of saints we have are nothing more than a talisman. That couldn’t be further from the truth. These things are a sign of our devotion to a particular saint or to Jesus.
I wear a Miraculous Medal always. I have since I graduated from eighth grade. I was installed into the sodality at my parish with it. This medal is one of the Blessed Mother. I don’t really have a patron saint, so I adopted her as mine. Anyway, this is an outward sign of my devotion to the Mother of Jesus.
This devotion does not take anything away from my adoration of Jesus or God. It is simply that I call on her for help when I have a problem. No one has more influence on God then Mary. God chose her to be His Son’s mother. No one has more influence on Jesus, she raised and cared for Him during his life. So, although I pray to God for my concern, I also ask Mary to intercede for me. It is no different than asking a friend to pray for you.
Saints have already arrived in heaven. They enjoy the glorious vision of God. They have His ear so to speak. So, when we are storming heaven with prayer, they join in and pray for us too. It’s a beautiful part of my Catholic faith.