70th Lourdes miracle recognized by the Catholic Church.
A miracle was officially recognized at the Marian shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France on Feb 12, 2018. This is the 70th Lourdes miracle recognized by the Catholic Church.
Officially declared a miracle on, World Day of the Sick and feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, by Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonin of Beauvais. And, during Mass at the shrine’s basilica, Bishop Nicolas Brouwet of Lourdes announced the MIRACLE
Sister Bernadette Moriau
Sister Bernadette Moriau, a French nun, experienced this miraculous event. She had been suffering from spinal complications since 1980. Wheelchair bound, fully disabled and taking morphine to control the pain, she decided on a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in 2008.
When Sister Moriau visited the Lourdes Shrine, she said she “never asked for a miracle,” according to the Associated Press.
However, after attending a blessing for the sick at the shrine, something began to change.
“I felt a [surge of] well-being throughout my body, a relaxation, warmth… I returned to my room and there, a voice told me to ‘take off your braces,’” recalled the now 79-year old nun.
“Surprise. I could move,” Moriau said, noting that she could instantly walk away from her wheelchair, braces, and pain medications.
Sister Moriau’s case was brought to the International Medical Committee of Lourdes, who extensively researched the nun’s recovery. They eventually found that Moriau’s healing could not be scientifically explained.
Once the Lourdes committee recognises a healing, paperwork is sent to the diocese of origin, giving the local bishop the final say. After the bishop’s blessing, a healing can then be officially recognized by the Church as a miracle.
Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
The shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is a popular pilgrimage. A destination for individuals seeking miraculous healings and a special devotions to Mary. It is here young Bernadette Soubirous witnessed Marian apparitions, on Feb. 11, 1858. The shrine also holds a water spring, said to have miraculous healing properties.
While there have been more than 7,000 miraculous recoveries attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes. Only 70 cases have been officially recognized by the Catholic Church. A miraculous recovery must generally be a complete, spontaneous, and immediate healing from a documented medical condition.
The last official miracle attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes was declared in 2013.
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