Who has some other good ideas for putting to use all of those blessed religious medals we all have in our drawers and boxes at home? Sure, it's good to keep one in your pocket or wear one on a chain around your neck, but there surely are many more ways we can reap the spiritual benefits of those traditional Catholic sacramentals.
I heard of one woman who ties a few medals onto ribbons and bows and attaches them to all of the gifts she wraps. Why not replace your ceiling fan pulls with saint medals. Attach one to your shoelace. Hang them from the ornaments on your Christmas tree.
Affix one to the zipper of your coat. Secure one to your child's backpack or to the wire on their spiral notebook at school. Hang one from the rear-view mirror in your car. Dangle a few from the wind chime on your porch or from your curtain ties or from the rings on your shower curtain. Tie a medal to a ribbon or a piece of yarn and use it as a bookmark.
Then watch how God will use all of those blessed medals. You might notice that you are more often inspired to pray throughout the day. You will find the medals are drawing you into deeper friendship with the communion of saints – and you will see how the saints' intercessions can help you. The medals will remind you of your Christian duties and help you to turn your heart to God.
One of my favorite medals is the St. Benedict medal. Do some research and find out what all of the letters, symbols, and images on it mean.
Archaeologists have dug up holy medals that were used by Christians as early as the second century. They have been a cherished and popular part of Catholic spirituality from the beginning. Let's find out why and make them popular again. Blessings will follow.
If you ever have any religious objects you would like blessed, one of the deacons or I would be happy to bless them for you. I pray that the grace and the joy of our holy devotions may always flow in our lives.