Wednesday, May 5, 2010

EASTER JOY: Miracle Review

"We have recently received word that an official Archdiocesan Tribunal in St. Louis will soon hear testimony in connection with the cure of Rachel Baumgartner Lozano from a very aggressive form of cancer. Rachel, members of her family and some friends maintain that this cure was the miracle that they prayed for through the intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Her doctor strongly feels that, despite extensive medical intervention, Rachel’s cure is inexplicable.

Last January, Marianist Procurator General, Fr. Antonio Gascón, SM, and Bro. Michael McAward, SM, Secretary General, met with diocesan officials to present the case for consideration. Having accepted the formal request to open the case, Most Rev. Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis has formed the special Tribunal. The purpose is to gather all testimony and evidence in the case and prepare it to be sent to the Holy See in Rome for final adjudication.

The final decision will rest with the Holy Father following study and recommendations made by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. While the ultimate decision in this matter remains to be seen, the cause for the canonization of our blessed Founder awaits one more miracle attributed to his intercession.

It is anticipated that the current Archdiocesan process will conclude by the end of the month of May and that the case will come to Rome shortly after that. Therefore, during this month of Our Lady, let us call upon her to watch over these proceedings, and, if it is God’s will, bring Blessed Chaminade one step closer to
Oh, if we could but realize the exalted dignity of the Mother of God; if we could but grasp the full extent of the maternal solicitude with which she looks down upon us, her children, whom her divine Son has confided to her care; if we could but read in her Immaculate Heart all the designs of her loving tenderness for saving the world from the universal deluge that menaces the faith and morals of the nations; we should be more intensely devoted to her service, her name would be more frequently and more lovingly in our hearts and on our lips, and we should experience, with great joy and thankful remembrance, the wonderful effects of her magnificent power and love.
Blessed William joseph Chaminade