Challenge Coins date back to WWI (some say as far back as the Roman Empire) and were usually given to soldiers by a commanding officer, and were meant to be a sign of camaraderie in facing the demands of some particular challenge. In most cases, it would be military units during a wartime period. We are in Spiritual Warfare!
“The Lord will give strength to his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.” -Psalm 29:11. And, as I said, President Ronald Reagan once said, “We maintain the peace through our strength; weakness only invites aggression.” The “Peace Through Strength Challenge” is about our resolve to become strong in God’s supernatural power; the only power capable of defeating the satanic forces of evil (Ephesians 6:10-12). Carry this coin as a constant reminder of your resolve to accept the call to become supernaturally strong; to become “St. Joseph Strong!”
On the front of the coinis the image of image of St. Joseph with the Child, Jesus. The Latin inscription calls upon the two most important attributes of St. Joseph: Most Chaste and Terror of Demons.
The heart of St. Joseph is surrounded by lilies, and he is often depicted holding lilies. Lilies are the traditional symbol for St. Joseph being a chaste man.
We know that the sin of impurity has consumed modern man, removing the glory of God’s supernatural grace from the souls of men, leaving them powerless to be the spiritual leaders of their families, with no power to drive out demons from their homes.
Carrying this blessed (get it blessed by your priest) St. Joseph Strong Challenge Coin, grants extra supernatural strength and is a constant reminder to men to remain chaste and, therefore, “St. Joseph Strong.”
Here is a short prayer you can pray when demons tempt you:
St Joseph, most chaste and terror of demons. We honor your most Chaste Heart with faith and love, through your intercession may God grant us the grace to live with holy purity of soul and body and the strength to resist all attacks and temptations by the Devil.
On the reverse side of the coinis the image of St. Michael the Archangel. The image comes from a very famous 6th century painting of St. Michael, which hangs in Santa Maria della Concezione in Rome. In this spiritual battle, we call out to St. Michael the Archangel. The inscription, “defénde nos in proélio,” which is Latin for “Defend us in battle,” comes from the St. Michael Prayer which is prayed after all Low Masses in the Extraordinary Form.