The incredible recovery of a French man, who walked the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in Spain after being cured of a paralysed left leg following a trip to Lourdes is being examined as a possible 68th miracle of the shrine.
Serge Francois, a TV repair worker said he felt a warm glow spread down his herniated leg during a visit to Lourdes in 2002.
After having prayed at the Lourdes Grotto (above) Mr Francois reported the healing to the international Medical Committee of Lourdes (CMIL) and 20 doctors have agreed on the remarkable nature of the healing.
“In the name of the Church, I publicly recognise the ‘remarkable’ character of the healing from which Serge Francois benefited at Lourdes on April 12, 2002,” said Bishop Emmanuel Delmas of Angers in western France, where Francois lives. “This healing can be considered a personal gift from God to man, as an event of grace, as a sign of Christ the Saviour.”
Bishop Delmas said Mr Francois’ case would now be examined further before it is officially recorded as the 68th miracle of Lourdes.
He said that because of advances in medical science it was becoming increasingly difficult to officially class a remarkable healing as a miracle.
Message, 25. March 2011
“Dear children! In a special way today I desire to call you to conversion. As of today, may new life begin in your heart. Children, I desire to see your ‘yes’, and may your life be a joyful living of God’s will at every moment of your life. In a special way today, I bless you with my motherly blessing of peace, love and unity in my heart and in the heart of my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
"You may leave everything, follow the Lord and then regard yourself greater and more superior than others, and by doing this, you are accepting the poison of Pharisaism."
(The Gift of Faith, pg. 167)
That’s a close-up of what Google Maps shows at a construction site along the M6 motorway just east of Preston, England.
According to The Daily Mail, the satellite image is a couple years old and there are now trees covering that area. The construction site is for a nature reserve.
The Daily Mail quotes a couple religious officials in the area who say the image is “remarkable,” but they won’t be encouraging any pilgrimages to the area.