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Are Phony Miraculous Medals in Circulation?

ND writes: “I have heard that there is a phony version of the miraculous medal circulating that has a star at the top which is a symbol of Lucifer. When I looked at my medal, it has this star and I’m afraid to wear it now. What should I do?”

Go back to wearing your medal. Here are three good reasons why:

First, there were actually several versions of the miraculous medal in circulation during its history. As this article from the St. Paul School of Evangelization explains, the image that Mary wanted on the medal had to be adapted to the size. For example, instead of having her arms out, they were inscribed on the medal in a downward position with rays of grace streaming from them. In addition, the designer, Adrien Vachette, added 12 stars around the back of the medal simply for design purposes. He experimented with the number and placement of the stars after the initial 1832 striking of the medal.

“By 1880, the popular 'Immaculate Virgin' image with twelve stars came to be the accepted or standard design for the Miraculous Medal. It seems that Heaven did not have difficulty with the changes,” the School writes.

Second, the idea of a “false” miraculous medal appears to be rooted in a dispute between two reputable Catholic apostolates who were distributing the medals in 2002 - Tradition Family and Property (TFP) and the Official Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Rue de Bac, France. TFP struck their own version of the Miraculous Medal with some differences from the one promoted by the Official Chapel.

“Some warnings were sent out by private individuals against purchasing medals not supported by the Official Chapel.," the School explains.

Another source of the rumors about a fake medal that was referred to as “satanic“ was a French seer who claimed that God the Father told her that Freemasons had struck a false miraculous medal that matched one of the medals in the dispute between TFP and the Official chapel.

By now rumors were circulating on the Internet and they were enhanced in 2017 when a Filipino exorcist named Fr. Ambrosio Legaspi promoted the idea of a phony medal, a charge that was followed up on a year later when the controversial seer, Fr. Michel Rodrique of Quebec warned people about a false medal in a talk in New Jersey.

As the School concludes, it is safe to conclude that for all of the above reasons, “the claim that the Freemasons struck and disseminated a 'false' miraculous medal is questionable and indeed highly doubtful…”

Third, as they rightly point out “the precise design may be less important than the general concepts behind the medal. Furthermore, as a sacramental, the real source of its power is the intercession of the Church and of Our Lady for those who wear it in devotion to her (See CCC 1667-1670 and Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, 206).”

Please continue to wear your Miraculous Medal with faith and devotion.

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