Some Miracles and Favours received
In the Catholic school in the Oblate Mission of Fort Vermilion in Alberta, Canada, on May 9, 1929, a 9 year old boy from the First Nations tribe of the Cree, born in 1920, was healed of tuberculous cervical lymphadenitis. That disease, also known as scrofula, is a lymphadenopathy of the neck, usually as a result of an infection in the lymph nodes. It is caused by tuberculosis. The most common symptoms are the appearance of a chronic, painless abscess of bluish-purple color in the neck, which is persistent and usually grows with time. Scrofula caused by tuberculosis is usually accompanied by fever, chills, malaise and weight loss. As the lesion progresses, the abscesses become open wounds. In the beginning of May, 1929, the sick boy was in a very critical state. On May 5, 1929, the visiting Oblate priest prayed with him, and attached a prayer card of the Servant of God Eugene de Mazenod to his bed. On the evening of May 9, the doctor ordered a priest to come to anoint the sick boy. The next morning the doctor found the boy totally healed. The growth in the neck was completely gone. Medical checks from 1929 to 1938 confirmed the duration of the scientifically inexplicable cure. The diocesan inquiry took place in 1938 in the Diocese of Grouard, Canada. The miracle was examined by the Holy See between 1970 and 1972, and confirmed in 1974. It, together with another miraculous healing in 1947, then led to the beatification of Eugene de Mazenod in 1975.
On April 30, 1946, in Hull, Ontario, Canada, a little boy was born into a poor family. On June 28, 1947, the boy fell from a height of three meters, resulting in a cranial fracture. The boy’s pram moved on its own and fell from the terrace on the first floor. The baby had a vast effusion over his left ear and eye and suffered total blindness. The boy was in hospital until August 11, 1947. The doctors diagnosed permanent blindness. On August 17, 1947, the boy’s mother took the blind child on a pilgrimage to the Oblate Marian Shrine of “Notre-Dame-du Cap”. She had to beg for money to make the journey. There, the Oblate priest in charge told her to pray the novena of the Servant of God Eugene de Mazenod. The Oblate even touched the eyes of the boy with his relic and prayer card. Mother and son returned home the following day. In the evening of August 18, 1947, the boy regained his sight. Several medical checkups confirmed the duration of the scientifically inexplicable cure. The diocesan inquiry was held in 1949 in the Diocese of Ottawa, Canada. The miracle was confirmed by the Holy See in 1974 and led, together with another healing in 1929, to the beatification of Eugene de Mazenod in 1975.
A religious sister, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on September 13, 1916, fell sick in the summer of 1986. On July 5, 1986, the sister was hospitalized in Ottawa. A brain tumor was diagnosed. Three years before, the sister had undergone breast cancer surgery. To remove the brain tumor, surgery was scheduled for July 8. On July 7, 1986, sister was anointed by an Oblate priest who gave her a relic of Blessed Eugene de Mazenod. On July 8 the surgery took place. To the surprise of the doctors, no tumor was found. Sister attributed her healing to the intercession of Blessed Eugene de Mazenod. This presumed miraculous healing was never proven by ecclesiastical authorities.
Beginning in March, 1987, a Mexican citizen, a 55 year old married man from Mexico City, born in 1932, with two children, was under medical treatment. On May 4, 1987 he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a malignant growth in the biliary duct system. These cancerous tumors of the bile ducts are usually quite advanced by the time they are found. Symptoms may include fever, loss of appetite, pain in the upper right abdomen, weight loss, yellowing of the skin. When possible, surgery to remove the tumor is the treatment of choice, and may result in a cure. At that time, when surgery to cure the cancer was not possible, life was limited to 3, and a maximum of 5, more years. By May, 1987, the patient had lost 30 kg of weight and developed into a more and more serious state. Since he was too weak, he was not able to undergo chemotherapy or surgery. The doctors decided on treatment to reduce the pain. On May 12 he left the hospital. On June 7, 1987, the family, living in an Oblate Parish, decided to pray the novena to blessed Eugene de Mazenod. The prayer was joined by the parish’s congregation. A prayer group visited the house of the sick morning and evening for the novena prayer. On June 15, the last day of the novena, the pain became more intense. During the night of June 16-17, the sick man fell into a terminal state. But, on June 17, the sick person was healed. He was able to get up and to wash himself. From that day on, he got better and better. After more than one week, the healed person was able to leave the house for the first time. By the end of the year he was back to work. Medical tests in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1993 clearly indicated that the cancer was completely gone. Doctors described the cure as exceptional and scientifically inexplicable. In April/May of 1993, the diocesan inquiry of a possible miracle through the intercession of Blessed Eugene de Mazenod was held in the Archdiocese of Mexico City. In March, 1994, the medical Congress of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints confirmed the miraculous cure. The miracle led to the Canonization of Eugene de Mazenod in 1995.