Wednesday, January 20, 2010

A Possible Miracle for Pius


In 2005 an Italian mother of two who was expecting her third child began manifesting symptoms of Burkitt's lymphoma.

Her husband dutifully prayed to Pope John Paul II for his intercession. The man reported that the late pontiff appeared to him in a dream and said, "I can't do anything, you must pray to this other priest," and then showed him the image of a thin, tall, lean priest. By chance several days later the husband came across the picture of the thin priest in a magazine.

It was the image of Pope Pius XII.

The husband bombarded Pius XII with prayers for his wife's healing. Following her very first treatments she was declared free of the cancer -- the tumor had disappeared. In fact, she was cured so quickly that her doctors pondered the notion that they may have originally misdiagnosed the pathology.

The matter is under investigation by a diocesan Tribunal.


Anonymous said...

I think that there must have been a mistake here, don't you?

Perhaps there was some confusion with the records and the initial diagnosis.

Sean said...

It will be part of the work of the diocesan Tribunal to deterime if there was a mistake in the diagnosis, the handling of the paperwork, or anything else on the human side that could explain the matter.

I see no difficulty in concluding that Pope Pius XII could have miraculously healed the expectant mother.

From some of the commentary I've read, I get the impression that a number of folks are astonished that Pope John Paul II would have referred the husband to another intercessor. For my part, I see not difficulty in that as well.

Evan said...

I think the passing of the case from one deceased pope to another deceased pope is rather a morbid tale.

I don't see why one pope could have performed the magic and not another.


Sean said...

You're mistaking miracle for magic Evan. Help from the blessed in Heaven falls into the former category.

As for why one and not the other: that's pretty much the whole point of the post, isn't it? But thanks for trying.