You hear all about so-called faith healers, some of whom claim that their gift is from God, but none of whom are Catholic. I went looking online for saints who healed others, and apart from Saint Pio and the healings mentioned in Acts I can’t find any. There are lots of patron saints for different afflictions, but usually they suffered similar afflictions in their own lives and didn’t heal anyone.
The Canadian saint that comes to mind is
Brother André Bessette who built the St. Joseph Oratory
in Montreal. He was credited with many healings and
during an epidemic in the early 1900’s not
ONE sick person under his care died! He died at
a good old age of 91.
I completely forgot about him! Thanks for reminding me.
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi had a special grace where anyone she would touch with a certain one of her hands would be healed (even herself) she used this ability though somewhat sparingly, and had to be ordered under obedience from her spiritual director to use it on herself.
From Catholic Online:
St. Raphael is one of seven Archangels who stand before the throne of the Lord. He was sent by God to help Tobit, Tobiah and Sarah. At the time, Tobit was blind and Tobiah’s betrothed, Sarah, had had seven bridegrooms perish on the night of their weddings. Raphael accompanied Tobiah into Media disguised as a man named Azariah. Raphael helped him through his difficulties and taught him how to safely enter marriage with Sarah. Tobiah said that Raphael caused him to have his wife and that he gave joy to Sarah’s parents for driving out the evil spirit in her. He also gave Raphael credit for his father’s seeing the light of heaven and for receiving all good things through his intercession. Besides Raphael, Michael and Gabriel are the only Archangels mentioned by name in the bible. Raphael’s name means “God heals.” This identity came about because of the biblical story which claims that he “healed” the earth when it was defiled by the sins of the fallen angels in the apocryphal book of Enoch. Raphael is also identified as the angel who moved the waters of the healing sheep pool (Bethesda). He is also the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers. His feast day is celebrated on September 29th.
Tobias and the Angel
The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Deuterocanonical Book of Tobit. The Book of Tobit is considered canonical by Catholics, Orthodox, and some Anglicans. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of Tobit’s son, Tobiah (Greek: Τωβίας/Tobias), calling himself “Azarias the son of the great Ananias”. During the course of the journey the archangel’s protective influence is shown in many ways including the binding of a demon in the desert of upper Egypt. After returning and healing the blind Tobit, Azarias makes himself known as “the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” Tobit 12:15. He is venerated as Saint Raphael the Archangel.
Regarding the healing powers attributed to Raphael, we have his declaration to Tobit (Tobit, 12) that he was sent by the Lord to heal him of his blindness and to deliver Sarah, his future daughter-in-law, from the demon Asmodeus, who kills every man she marries on their wedding night before the marriage can be consummated.
In the New Testament, only the archangels Gabriel and Michael are mentioned by name (Luke 1:9-26; Jude 1:9). Later manuscripts of John 5:1-4 refer to the pool at Bethesda, where the multitude of the infirm lay awaiting the moving of the water, for “an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water was made whole of whatsoever infirmity he lay under”. Because of the healing role assigned to Raphael, this particular angel is generally associated with the archangel.
Raphael is sometimes shown as standing atop a large fish or holding a caught fish at the end of a line. This is a reference to the Book of Tobit (Tobias), where he told Tobias to catch a fish, and then uses the gallbladder to heal Tobit’s eyes, and to drive away Asmodeus by burning the heart and liver.
There is the story of Father Solanus Casey who cured people thru his prayers. I think he is only blessed and not yet declared a saint.
St. Faustine prayed for three hours one afternoon for God to bring rain. I believe she said she prayed the divine chaplet and God told her that this is such a powerful prayer and it will be answered. And it rained that afternoon after a long drought.
Saint Padre Pio:)