Take Saint Pope John Paul II as an example. Canonized on April 27, 2014, the saint-pope wasn’t just behind one miracle. French nun Sister Marie Simone-Pierre said she was cured of Parkinson’s disease after her fellow sisters prayed incessantly to the saint-pope, asking for his intercession. Saint Pope John Paul II was also credited by Floribeth Mora Diaz of Costa Rica for healing her of an inoperable brain aneurysm.
Saints, of course, aren’t just one-hit wonders, as their devotees will attest. Prayers for their intercession continue to be answered, resulting in miracles that confirm the existence of a Higher Power and make believers out of even the most stubborn of skeptics.
My Pope recalls three saints who never fail to pull through for those who place their trust in them.
Though little is known about the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus, St. Joseph has his fair share of faithful followers. Among them is Pope Francis––who keeps a statue of the Sleeping St. Joseph, under which he places slips of paper containing the problems and petitions of the faithful. “Even when he is asleep, he is taking care of the Church!” he said during his visit to the Philippines in 2015.
The man of silence and strength, as Lolo Kiko described him, St. Joseph takes care of many people too. Felicitas “Babes” Tan-Magkalas, a freelance consultant in the area of social research and development studies, maintains a blog containing miracles attributed to the patron saint of the Universal Church, families, and fathers. Here’s hers in a nutshell:
“I prayed to Saint Joseph to help me find a job I would truly enjoy doing. A few days after, I saw an ad in the newspaper from an international non-government organization, which was in need of a professional who could be in charge of all the research and program evaluation activities in one of their field offices.
“I applied for the position and was accepted among 30 candidates. What was most surprising was the location of the field office I was to be assigned. It was in a municipality named San Jose, which is one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines.
“I now live in Canada, a country whose patron saint is St. Joseph. I believe St. Joseph led me to live in Hamilton, Ontario, where there is also a St. Joseph’s Church, a St. Joseph’s Hospital, and a street called St. Joseph’s Drive. I know this saint constantly watches over me, reminding me to always trust in God as he had done so faithfully during his earthly life.”
St. Therese of Lisieux
She may have passed away from tuberculosis at age 24, but this Carmelite nun and Little Flower of Jesus continues to intercede for countless believers. Among the testimonials of her intercession in the website Society of the Little Flower is this one from Maria Geroche of Canada:
“I was told 25 years ago that my chances of getting pregnant was only 10 percent. It was
a devastating diagnosis after so many years of fertility treatment. I have always prayed to
St. Therese, I said my novena faithfully every day to help me with another child and my sister suggested to go to her doctor. I did, and she gave me a new treatment plan, which included
a very religious Catholic gynecologist who did a procedure which had given me hope.
“Two weeks before Easter, my friend visited me and gave me a rose and on Easter Monday,
I found out I was pregnant with triplets. After 11 years of trying, I ended up with twins and their middle names are Therese. Super blessing from my favorite saint.
“I say to those who are struggling with problems…prayers are so powerful, keep the faith and remember when everything fails, God’s love will give us strength to carry our cross. God bless us all!”
Also known as St. Pio of Pietrelcina, the Franciscan priest was exhibiting extraordinary gifts long before he became a saint. He famously had stigmata (fragrant-smelling wounds that replicated those of the crucified Christ) on his palms and feet. He was also credited for straightening the deformed back of a 14-year-old boy who suffered from typhoid fever, and gave sight to Gemma
di Giorgio, a little girl born without pupils in both eyes. He even had the ability of bilocation or being in two places at the same time.
Fifty-one years since his death, Padre Pio continues to baffle and amaze us with unexplainable events that can only be described as miracles. Here’s a testimonial from Bridget Walsh:
“My older brother, the father of two beautiful twin girls, had been a very heavy drinker and drug abuser for years. He did not see his family or his children towards the end of his addiction; in fact, he was living in a tent with homeless people just a few miles from my parents’ home.
“I prayed and prayed that my brother might find his way and have a good life. I would try to speak about God and Our Lady and give him Padre Pio prayer cards, all to no avail.
“However, my prayers were answered and a few months ago, my brother was saved from his hell on earth. He entered a rehabilitation clinic for drugs and alcohol and has joined a support group for his addictions. He has a new job now and is living with my parents. He sees his beautiful daughters every week.
“Just the other day, I looked at his jacket and I saw that our beloved Padre Pio’s medal was attached to the zipper. I know that Padre Pio has helped him and is giving him strength.”
Text by Joy Rojas.
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