Tuesday, September 6, 2016

"Pondering Miracles, Medical and Religious" By JACALYN DUFFIN SEPT. 5, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/06/opinion/pondering-miracles-medical-and-religious.html?emc=edit_th_20160906&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=65218304&_r=2

..."Imagining an aggressive cross-examination in court, I emphasized in my report that I knew neither the history nor why I was reading the marrows. After the work was submitted, I asked the treating physician what was going on. She smiled and said that my report had been sent to the Vatican. This leukemia case was being considered as the final miracle in the dossier of Marie-Marguerite d’Youville, the founder of the Order of Sisters of Charity of Montreal and a candidate to become the first Canadian-born saint.
As in the case of Mother Teresa, who was canonized Sunday by Pope Francis, miracles are still used as evidence that the candidate is in heaven and had interceded with God in response to a petition. Two miracles, usually cures that defy natural explanation, are generally required. For Mother Teresa, the Vatican concluded that prayers to her led to the disappearance of an Indian woman’s incurable tumor and the sudden recovery of a Brazilian man with a brain infection..."

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