They don’t call it “miraculous” for nothin’.


by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.

Among the patients admitted was a boy about nine years old. He had been sled-riding down hill, lost control of the sled and ran into a tree head-on. He fractured his skull and X-rays showed he had suffered severe brain damage.

When I finally got to visit his room at the hospital, he had been in a coma for ten days, no speech, no voluntary movements of the body. His condition was such that the only question was whether he would live. There was no question of recovering from what was diagnosed as permanent and inoperable brain damage.

After blessing the boy and consoling his parents, I was about to leave his hospital room. But then a thought came to me. “That Vincentian priest. He said, ‘The Miraculous Medal works.’ Now this will be a test of its alleged miraculous powers!”

I didn’t have a Miraculous Medal of my own. And everyone I asked at the hospital also did not have one. But I persisted, and finally one of the nursing sisters on night duty found a Miraculous Medal.

What I found out was that you don’t just bless the medal, you have to put it around a person’s neck on a chain or ribbon. So the sister-nurse found a blue ribbon for the medal, which made me feel silly. What was I doing with medals and blue ribbons.

However, I blessed the medal and had the father hold the leaflet for investing a person in the Confraternity of the Miraculous Medal. I proceeded to recite the words of investiture. No sooner did I finish the prayer of enrolling the boy in the Confraternity than he opened his eyes for the first time in two weeks. He saw his mother and said, “Ma, I want some ice cream.” He had been given only intravenous feeding.

Then he proceeded to talk to his father and mother. After a few minutes of stunned silence, a doctor was called. The doctor examined the boy and told the parents they could give him something to eat.

The next day began a series of tests on the boy’s condition. X-rays showed the brain damage was gone.

Then still more tests. After three days, when all examinations showed there was complete restoration to health, the boy was released from the hospital.

This experience so changed my life that I have not been the same since. My faith in God, faith in His power to work miracles, was strengthened beyond description.

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Healing miracle declared in Colorado Springs

The sudden healing of a 4-year-old Colorado Springs boy in 1999 after two nuns prayed for the founding Mother of their order to intercede has been ruled a miracle by the Vatican.

The sisters of Mount St. Francis learned recently that Mother Maria Theresia Bonzel, foundress of the order, would be beatified because of the miracle.

Bonzel founded the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in 1863 in Olpe, Germany. She died in 1905, at age 74.

“It’s really just overwhelming,” said Jan Burgie, who had asked two sisters at Mount St. Francis in northwest Colorado Springs to pray for her son. “We were doubly blessed, with the healing and a lifelong friendship.”


Always Say A Prayer


Submitted by Joan V.

St. Padre Pio relics, a new church, and a miracle of healing

St. Padre Pio relics, a new church, and a miracle of healing reported in Brownsville.

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One of our regular readers sent me a nice (and very timely) sample of his poetry. I think you’ll like it.

Mystic Priest – Coming Into the Presence of God, by D.B. Wilde is a themed collection of Christian poetry. It reflects a period where a priest of this world and subsequent afterworld brought life’s spiritual happenings to the forefront of awareness.

It’s obviously not your usual type of Christian stuff.

Buy it at Amazon. It’s also available from Barnes and Noble (Nook), ibooks/itunes (iPad).

Locals remember when Father Louis Guanella, an Italian priest from the 1900’s opened the miracle door in America, while the world peaked in.


In America’s town

a skateboarder crashes

resulting in brain trauma.

A youth inside looking out

pleads to “bring me home,”

while doctors remove

his front temporal lobe.

Survival, meet vegetative state,

injected lunch with eyelids closed

a mother’s tears fall, resolved by faith

bound by love, a prayer request

brings Blessed Louis Guanella

across the divide to the healing line,

bone relics arrive first

banded around the wrist.

Faith breeds a miraculous recovery,

reborn youth discusses his ordeal

over a cup of tea

as befuddled doctors

vouch to The Higher Power

and a Blessed is made a Saint.


Saint Louis (Luigi) Guanella was canonized on October 23, 2011. His Feast Day is coming up on October 24th.

Don Guanella Village was founded in the mid 70‘s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It includes a school for teenagers with developmental delays. So when Don Guanella performed a miracle recently in a nearby town, it was extra special.

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A couple more poems by D.B. Wilde …

On a hot summer night, guided by the light of a full moon, I invited several Saints to walk and pray the rosary. It was such a memorable walk, I promised the Saints they would be in the poem collection. Well here they are!


Walking down the road,

no digital reminder

as invitees show up

to pray the rosary.

Norbert greets the arrival of Katharine Drexel; Ignatius Loyola laughs with Francis Xavier; Catharine Laboure pours love to Rita of Cascia; Gianna Molla races to John Neumann and Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Philomena engulfs the group

with Mystic Priest in hand,

souls streaming by moonlight,

all side by side

walking down the road

praying the rosary.

Coming forward is Paul the Hermit, Thomas of Villanova, Thomas Aquinas; alas Augustine arrives with Padre Pio and Francis of Assisi. Enter patron Basil the Great alongside Macrina the Younger, Anthony of Padua,
Vincent de Paul and Patrick of Ireland.

Joined by soldiers at play;

Archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael,

are elated and smiling widely

for our glorious Queen Mary

is walking among us.



Satan walks proud and visible

having previously defined

his authority over First Heaven

by what was given to him,

he flaunts it, offering

wayward minds carnal delights.

God buffets between

heaven and earth

seemingly everywhere,

teaching Saints

omnipresence. Ignatius, a pupil

in God’s Seven Stars class,

leaves divine love snippets

to the earthly Jesuit community

to counteract Satan’s deeds.

First Heaven’s liquid moon

illuminates the night sky,

as sunrise lifts the day,

life’s transformation begins

from time, space and nature

to another state of being.

By His presence,

eagles soar

beyond the cirrus clouds

into the exosphere,

the enigmatic Second Heaven,

the galactic battleground

of raging divine warfare

within interstellar black holes.

In the Third Heaven

elliptical eyes

suspended in space, float inside

the new Jerusalem, a heaven merged

with a jeweled earth

a paradise with no sun and no moon.

Oneness with His presence,

the Cosmic Christ manifests Himself

into our non-human form

whenever and wherever

He wishes.

68th miracle of Lourdes is officially recognised

Apparition at Lourdes, France

The case of a nun who started walking after being paralysed for years has become the 68th miracle to be recognised at the French shrine of Lourdes.  The priest at Traverso’s diocese of Casale Monferrato officially recognised it as a miracle at a Mass Thursday, the Sanctuary authorities said.

The incident happened in July 1965, when the nun, Luigina Traverso, started walking during a visit to the holy site.  Born in 1934, the nun had been wheelchair-bound despite several operations for lumbar sciatica.  She, “was overwhelmed by a sensation of warmth and well-being and warm sensation and felt the sudden impulse to get up,” said the Catholic Silesian Sisters order, the Filles de Marie-Auxiliatrice.  “She started moving her paralysed limbs.”


Frequent miracles and many converts are “par” for the course in the Catholic Diocese of Itangar, India.

Unexpected cases of healing are being witnessed in the Diocese of Itangar. Meanwhile, Catholic presence has increased by 40%.

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