I have worn the Miraculous Medal for almost a year, and as other posters have stated, I too think often of Mary and pray the prayer inscribed on it. I find that the mere weight of it, reminds me that ‘Mama Mary’ is always with me. I find this very comforting. If I may, please do not think of giving up the wearing of this medal. I would like to share a story with you.
When I was young, my parents consulted some Nuns about what medal they should get for me, as I had many health problems and was not expected to live. The answer was unanimus (sp?):The Miraculous Medal. Needless to say, I survived and I wore that medal daily, never taking it off, although at the time I did not understand Mary and love her to the extent that I do today (I was raised Protoestant and not taught very much on the Blessed Mother) I lost the medal at age 12 as I was swimming. It was the only time I took it off, I put it safely in my shoe but it was gone when I looked for it. I was so saddened! Since then I had searched everywhere for one just like the one my parents gave me, but to no avail. Even though I did not know Mary very well, I desired to get to know her and love her. ( I am ashamed to say, that I left it at that for many years and never gave it a second thought)
A few years ago, I had the blessing of going to Rome one summer and while touring the great city, I wandered through the back streets. I rounded a corner and just as I rounded the corner, I smashed head long into a monk. We stared at each other for some time, neither of us speaking b/c of the lang. barrier, but I will always remember this man’s eyes. They were so full of joy. Only the religious have eyes like that! All of a sudden the monk dug his hand into the pocket of his robe and pressed something into my hand before nodding and grinning and waving goodbye down the street. When I uncurled by fingers, there was an exact copy of the medal I had lost. Since then, I have been blessed with the ability and desire to get to know my Mother more deeply. The medal that I recieved once again, and I believe was an answer to my prayer of so long ago has never left my neck.
While the medal itself, has no power, Mama Mary was given power by Her Son and it is through this means that She chose to grant certain graces through the medal and the image struck on it.
I implore you, Madaglan, please be patient and try not to ‘test’ Our Mother. I think that this devotion, just like all of the appericians that She has appeared to us in, She holds deep within Her Heart.
I have grown in love and much joy as I learn to walk with my Mother under the prayer: “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”
May Our Mother bless you abundantly and help you get through your difficult times.