November 28th is a special day for Catholics. No, we aren’t referring to the fact that “Black Friday” falls on the 28th this year. We’re talking about the Feast of Saint Catherine of Laboure! It’s fitting that her feast day tends to fall around Thanksgiving each year because we should be very thankful to her! Without Saint Catherine of Laboure, we would not have the Miraculous medal.
The Miraculous medal is a fan favorite amongst Catholics looking to show a little Marian devotion. We’ve blogged before about the history of the Miraculous medal (http://blog.thecatholicgiftshop.com/three-interesting-facts-about-the-history-of-miraculous-medals/) and about how Marian devotion is for men too (http://blog.thecatholicgiftshop.com/marian-devotion-men/).
The front of the Miraculous medal features Mary stepping on a snake and standing on top of the world. This is quite symbolic if you think it through. She defeated evil (the snake) by giving birth to our Savior Jesus, and is remembered as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. The back of the Miraculous medal features the letter M, two hearts, and a cross. The cross is for Jesus. The M is for Mary. The line between those two is the Earth. The two hearts are the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
You can honor Saint Catherine Laboure this November 28th by creating a really neat ornament! Since her feast falls around Thanksgiving each year, it is the perfect time to craft some Catholic Christmas ornaments! Remembering Saint Catherine and the Miraculous medal are one simple way that you can strive to keep Advent and Christmas focused on faith. Something that has become more difficult to do through the years.
Jennifer from Catholic Inspired shared the steps to make the lovely Saint Catherine Miraculous Medal ornament. To make this ornament you’ll need an assortment of felt (light blue, pink, yellow, green, gray), permanent marker, scissors, glue, thread and needle. Also you can use real Miraculous medals in this craft if you wish! We have some inexpensive ones you can check out here: http://www.thecatholicgiftshop.com/miraculous-medals-for-under-20/
The steps to create the Saint Catherine Laboure Miraculous medal ornament are clearly outlined in the post, which we’ll link to below. This craft could be a great family bonding activity on the day after Thanksgiving (at least this year!), but really could be done any time around the Feast of Saint Catherine Laboure! Make sure to head on over to Catholic Inspired to learn how to make this craft, and be sure to let Jennifer and Elizabeth know how much you love it! They come up with some truly awesome Catholic family craft ideas.