Europe/Early 1900s – ¾”
DIFFICULT PROBLEMS: Front: Profile of St. Philomena holding 3 arrows. Back: “St Philomena, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us”
St Philomena is known for her intercessions, 'Philomena will not refuse the most difficult of problems'. She is likened to St Jude in his work for those with impossible situations.
Philomena was the daughter of the king of Greece who, with his wife, had converted to Christianity. At the age of 13, Philomena took a vow of consecrated virginity. When the Emperor Diocletian threatened to make war on her father, her father went with his family to Rome to ask for peace. The Emperor fell in love with the young Philomena and, when she refused to be his wife, subjected her to a series of torments: scourging, drowning, and being shot at with 3 arrows. Each time, angels saved her from her plight. Finally the Emperor had her decapitated. In 1805, her relics were transferred from Rome to a chapel in the village of Mugnano de Cardinale, Italy and soon after various “favors, graces and even miracles” started occurring, including “cures of cancer and healing of wounds”. Jean-Marie Vianney is stated as saying, “Address yourselves to St. Philomena; I have never asked anything through her without being answered.” He himself received apparitions from her and attributed his own cure from a grave illness in 1843 to her intercession. Pope Pius IX, who was himself cured of an illness by her intercession, made her “Patroness of the Children of Mary.” She is the only person the Church recognized as a saint solely on the basis of her intercessory miracles.
This is one of our most popular medals for those in need of intercession for seemingly impossible situations.