Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Blind Woman Healed after Venerating Relics

Physicians are left dumbfounded after a woman was cured of blindness.  Dafne Gutierrez was diagnosed with benign intracranial hypertension. This condition creates pressure in the brain.  Doctors have yet to figure out why.  Dr. Borik, who reviewed Gutierrez's case said, "This is a condition where the pressure in the brain is so high that oftentimes it strangulates the optic nerves, unfortunately, once the blindness occurs, it's irreversible." This was the case with Gutierrez.  However, one day Gutierrez went to pray at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Phoenix, Arizona. She had learned that the relics of St. Charbel would be visiting.  The Maronite Rite is part of the Catholic Church and in union with Rome. Many mistakenly assume that the Catholic Church is simply the "Roman Catholic Church." This is not so. We have over 20 different rites.

In any event, while praying at the church, Gutierrez prayed, "Please God, let me see those faces again.  Let me be their mother again."  Gutierrez was referring to her children. She was bothered that she was losing her sight and not able to see her own kids.  Suddenly, she claims that her body felt different.  The next day for Sunday Mass, she felt the same.  Then on Monday, she felt pain and a burning sensation in her eyes.  On January 18, she says that her eyesight fully returned.  Three days later, her doctors confirmed that her vision was completely restored. Doctors cannot explain the occurrence.  Bishop A. Elias Zaidan or the Maronite rite calls it a healing by St. Charbel.  Relics are used in the Catholic Church and in the Bible. You can read more about them in my new book, "Introduction to the Catholic Church."

This miracle is amazing and shows the power of faith and the intercession of the saints. God performs miracles in many ways.  Some may be extravagant, others no so.  In any event, God does good for each one of us.  We must be grateful and always trust God just like Gutierrez did.  Her humility and desire to love her kids obviously touched St. Charbel and God. Saints do not have power, only God does.  They can only intercede on our behalf to the Lord Christ. If you are praying for a miracle, never give us. Pray in complete trust and faith. God will answer.  Note: He may not answer in the way you want, only in the way that you need.






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