A French bishop declared on Sunday that the recovery a long-debilitated nun made after visiting the Lourdes shrine was a miracle – the 70th miracle to be officially recognised at the world-famous pilgrimage site. Source: Catholic Herald.
Bishop Jacques Benoit-Gonin of Beauvais proclaimed the miracle nearly a decade after Sr Bernadette Moriau attended a blessing of the sick ceremony at the Lourdes sanctuary in southern France. The Bishop of Lourdes, Nicolas Brouwet, announced the declaration during Mass at the shrine’s basilica.
It was at Lourdes that Our Lady appeared to St Bernadette Soubirous 18 times between February 11 and July 16, 1858. The memorial of Mary under the title of “Our Lady of Lourdes” was extended to the Universal Church by Pope Saint Pius X in 1907.
Sr Moriau’s experience underwent extensive studies and tests by the International Medical Committee of Lourdes. The bishop has the last word on whether to approve a reported cure as a miracle.
She had four operations on her spinal column between 1968 and 1975 and was declared fully disabled in 1980. One foot was permanently twisted, requiring her to wear a brace and use a wheelchair. She took what she said were significant doses of morphine for pain.
“I never asked for a miracle,” the nun, now 79, recounted of her July 2008 pilgrimage to Lourdes.
After returning to her home convent near Beauvais and praying in the chapel, “I felt a (surge of) wellbeing throughout my body, a relaxation, warmth … I returned to my room and, there, a voice told me to ‘take off your braces,'” she said in a video posted on the Beauvais diocese web site. “Surprise. I could move.”
Sr Moriau said she immediately did away with all her aids, from braces to morphine — and took a five kilometre hike a few days later.
The bishop said the nun’s “sudden, instantaneous, complete and durable change” alerted him to a possible miracle. The Lourdes medical committee said the changes were unexplainable “in the current state of our scientific knowledge,” he added.
Nun’s recovery recognised as 70th Lourdes miracle (Catholic Herald)