Sunday, November 14, 2010

Through the Intercession of St. Mary MacKillop

" And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16, 17:18)

St Mary MacKillop recently was canonized on October 17, 2010.

Mentioned in this article by ABC News were an account of one of the two miracles which the church has recognized for her to be canonized as a Virgin Confessor.

Blessed Mary (1842-1909) passed the first stage to sainthood when pope John Paul II beatified her in 1995, after recognising a first miracle attributed to her, in which a woman was said to have been cured of terminal leukaemia.

In December, Pope Benedict recognised a miracle in which Blessed Mary apparently cured a woman of cancer, paving the way for her canonisation.

That woman was Lake Macquarie woman Kathleen Evans. Last month she came forward to give her account of how she was cured of inoperable cancers in her lungs and brain.

Doctors gave her only a few months to live.

Ms Evans said after being diagnosed she wore a picture of Blessed Mary, with a piece of the nun's clothing attached, and prayed to her constantly, as did her family.

She said she was shocked when scans done 10 months later found the cancer was gone.

"That particular doctor said, 'what treatment did you have?'. I said none," she said.

"He said, 'did you have alternate medicine?'. I said no.

"He said, 'well what did you do?'. I said, 'you probably wouldn't believe me' and I told him.

"His reaction was wonderful. He was blown apart."

She said her medical records were heavily scrutinised by doctors.

Details on her second Miracle can be found here

49 she had cancer.

The tumour, in her right lung, was particularly aggressive and quickly spread to her glands. Within a few months a secondary cancer was found on her brain.

She was told it was inoperable and that chemotherapy and X-ray treatment were considered pointless....

A friend in the Hunter Valley gave her a picture of Mary MacKillop and a piece of her clothing, so Ms Evans, her family and her parish all began praying.

Ten months after her original diagnosis, she was told there was no sign of any cancer - just some scarring where the tumours had been.

St. Mary of the Cross who gave her life seeking to destroy ignorance amongst the young now advocates before the thrown of God and now appears to have quite a few devoted clients. For more information on her life I would highly recommend this Homily at St Mary of the Cross, pray for us.

Since then MacKillop, the daughter of Scottish immigrants, has developed a large following and has been credited with intercession in many high-profile medical cases.

The Josephite sisters held a 24-hour prayer vigil to help to save the lives of Trishna and Krishna, conjoined Bangladeshi twins who were recently separated during an operation in a Melbourne hospital. The girls survived the marathon surgery, a fact the sisters attributed in part to the nun's intercession.


The family of David Keohane, an Irish backpacker who was assaulted in Coogee in 2008, also prayed to MacKillop. This year the 29-year-old emerged from a seven-month coma.

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