Friday, July 30, 2010

Blessed Chaminade - 2

The front page of the Saturday, July 17, 2010, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A beautiful and solemn Evening Prayer on July 16 at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in St. Louis celebrated the official closing of the Metropolitan Tribunal in the Archdiocese of St. Louis investigating the cure of Rachel Baumgartner Lozano, a young St. Louis woman. Rachel was cured of terminal cancer and she, her family and friends believe the cure was a miracle they prayed for through the intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Provincial Martin Solma presided at the service; Fr. Bill Meyer, assistant for religious life, gave the homily. Rev. Msgr. John Shamleffer, judicial vicar of the St. Louis Archdiocese, and Rev. Msgr. Jason Gray, vice postulator from Peoria, Ill., participated in the service. Also present were Fr. Jim Tobin, pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar, and Bro. Michael McAward, secretary general of the Society of Mary.

“The facts of this case are truly remarkable. For people of faith, they are a confirmation that grace touches our lives at every turn, and that the prayers of faithful people can bring healing and wholeness, sometimes dramatically so,” said Fr. Marty. “The public recognition of this healing by the Church will confirm what we already believe: that Fr. Chaminade was a holy man and that the Marianist charism is a way of holiness and sanctity for those who seek to further Mary’s mission.”

Now that the Tribunal is completed, the transcripts will be sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome, which will study the documentation from a medical and theological point of view.
-Family Online

At the reception following the prayer service: Rachel Baumgartner Lozano with Provincial Martin Solma, Bro. Michael McAward, secretary general of the Society of Mary; and Fr. William Meyer, assistant for religious life .
Gerard Quinn, deacon at OLP and notary for the sealing of the documents; Fr. Solma; and Msgr. John Shamleffer, Archdiocesan judicial vicar.
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Pray for the Canonization of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

"Faith, especially this faith of the heart, is a great gift of God. It is for this reason that we always need to say: “Lord, increase my faith.” God, so to say, easily grants this grace, when we devote ourselves to works of faith. “The just man lives by faith.” What happiness for us if we walk for the rest of our lives on the beautiful pathways of faith, acting only by faith, and living only by faith!"
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade