Shipwreck experts are evaluating a centuries-old 40-inch gold chain plucked from the seafloor while searching for a 17th-century sunken Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys. [...]Go here to see a picture.
The chain has 55 links, an enameled gold cross and a two-sided engraved religious medallion featuring the Virgin Mary and a chalice.
The medallion described seems to me to have more than a mere chalice; it seems to be a representation of the Holy Eucharist. How fitting to have Our Lady depicted on one side of this medal, and the Eucharist on another; Mary, the first Tabernacle of Our Lord, always points the way to her Son.
Someone once calculated that from the moment of Mary's Fiat, which we celebrate today as the great Feast of the Annunciation, until the birth of Christ, Mary had Jesus within her for so long that we would have to be daily communicants for seventy-five years to approach the same amount of time with Him. I don't know if that's a literal truth or a pious reflection, but either way it makes me think about how much less often I am in His company. UPDATE: Reader John E. has done the math--see the comments--and yes, if you received communion daily for 75 years and if Our Lord was present for about 15 minutes each time (which is about what the Church seems to think) you would have "carried" Our Lord as much as Mary did during the nine months of her pregnancy!