A miracle at Lourdes

The Catholic News Agency reports that the bishop of Delmas, France, has confirmed the extraordinary healing of a man who made a pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2002.

Serge Francois, 56, had lost almost all mobility in his left leg after complications from two operations left him with a herniated disc.

Bishop [Emmanuel] Delmas noted that the healing took place after Francois “had finished praying at the grotto and went to the miraculous spring to drink the water and wash his face. A unique gesture of the Virgin Mary can be seen in the healing of this man,” he said.

Francois returned to Lourdes in 2003 to report his healing to the Lourdes Medical Commission, which began a investigation. It later verified that “the rapid functional healing, unrelated to any form of treatment was still present, eight years later.” The article goes on to say that doctors are hesitant today to declare healings as miraculous in order not to be discredited by colleagues and to remian “medically irreproachable.”

Francois made a 975-mile pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, to thank God for his recovery.

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  • Mena

    The Church’s method of verification is impeccable. I like that.

    Basically, medical experts are brought in to determine one thing: did a person recover from an untreatable disease without medical intervention. The Church doesn’t touch the case until multiple medical and scientific experts testify to this under oath. The medical experts never suggest a miracle cause; they simply determine if a recovery defied known natural explanations.

    Once such has been determined, the case moves to the Bishops, who examine the spiritual circumstances surrounding the recovery — namely, did the recovery coincide with some recognized spiritual practice of the Church.

    If the recovery meets these criteria, then the Church vouches for the event as some wonder worthy of our personal faith and belief.

    This methodology is airtight, and it invites all skeptics and scientists to examine and reexamine until they are forced to consider that something super-natural has occurred.

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