Healing by saints


Has there ever been a miracle that contributed to the canonization of a saint that healed someone who was not a devout Catholic? Like someone who had fallen away but got sick and reached out to someone who was blessed but not yet canonized?


The canonization of Mother Teresa on Sept. 4 marks the end of one of the faster causes of canonization in modern times. This is not surprising, given the wide acclaim among the faithful at the time of her passing, on Sept. 5, 1997, that she be proclaimed a saint immediately.

The first took place in West Bengal, India, and involved the healing of an Indian woman, Monica Besra,she was a non Catholic hindu whose abdominal tumor was so severe that her doctors abandoned hope of saving her. Taken into the care of the Missionaries of Charity, she continued to decline and endured such agony from the tumor that she could no longer sleep. On the one-year anniversary of Mother’s passing, the sisters at the home placed a Miraculous Medal that had been touched to the body of Mother Teresa on Besra’s stomach. The suffering woman fell asleep, and when she woke up, her pain was gone. Doctors examined her and found the reason why: The tumor had disappeared completely.

A board of medical specialists worked with the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to study the alleged miracle. After assessing the records and interviewing the medical staff involved, the committee determined that the healing was medically inexplicable. Pope John Paul approved the miracle on Dec. 20, 2002, barely five years after Teresa’s death.


Others more knowledgeable of the Saints than I can answer the specifics of your question but I just wanted to clarify that the Saints don’t heal, they intercede for people with their prayers and God does the healing.


Thanks for sharing that. The Miraculous Medal is powerful indeed.

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