Loading
Paralyzed priest’s ‘miraculous’ cure could lead to canonization
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos

.- A priest who was severely paralyzed from a neck injury believes he was healed through the intercession of 19th century priest Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos. If declared a miracle by the Vatican, the healing could lead to the blessed’s canonization.

Fr. Byron Miller, executive director of the National Seelos Shrine in New Orleans, said “some of the best doctors in the country” told Fr. John Murray there was little chance he would walk again.

“So my reaction to his recovery was astonishment at the wonders of our awesome God through His company of saints, including the powerful prayers of Bl. Seelos in heaven!”

In 2009 Fr. Murray, a Baltimore-based Redemptorist parish priest known for his preaching, was paralyzed from the chest down after he tripped on a walkway and struck his head against a railing, breaking his neck. Doctors said he would never walk again.

“When they said I’d never be able to move, they took away all hope,” he told the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s newspaper the Catholic Review.

He began living and undergoing rehabilitation at a home for retired priests in Timonium, Md. On Nov. 28, 2010, he was able to move his left leg slightly off the ground.

“I was ecstatic,” the priest said. “Here I was about six weeks after they told me I’d never move again and, lo and behold, I could move. Just the foot, but it kept going and going and going.”

Today the priest is completely mobile with the help of a walker.

He attributes his healing to a relic of Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, a 19th century Redemptorist priest who once served in Maryland before moving to New Orleans.

Fr. Miller told CNA on Jan. 5 that Fr. Murray developed his devotion to the blessed while pastor at St. Mary’s Parish in Annapolis, Md., where Bl. Seelos himself was pastor during the Civil War.

Fr. Murray preached and presided at the National Seelos Shrine in April 2010, about four months before his accident.

“When we heard of his situation, I assured him that a votive candle at the Shrine was lit for him, and that the Seelos Center staff and the Redemptorists of New Orleans were keeping him in our prayers,” Fr. Miller said.

Fr. Miller, who is the vice-postulator of Bl. Seelos’ cause for canonization, said that Fr. Murray’s case has not been formally submitted as a possible miracle. However, Fr. Miller has already brought the case to the Redemptorist postulator general’s attention to make an informal evaluation of whether the healing has the characteristics needed to declare a miracle.

“Bl. Seelos needs one miracle to be declared a saint. The healing in a case has to be immediate, permanent, and complete,” Fr. Miller explained.

Advocates of his canonization are also monitoring the case of a woman from Virginia who injured herself in a fall and was unable to kneel because of the metal plates placed in her leg.

She visited Bl. Seelos’ shrine, prayed with a crucifix and became able to kneel before his remains.

Bl. Seelos was born in Germany in 1819 and later moved to the United States. He was ordained a priest in Baltimore and served in parishes in Baltimore, Annapolis, Pittsburgh and Cumberland. From 1863 to 1866 he was an itinerant missionary and then joined a Redemptorist community in New Orleans. There, he showed special care for the poorest and most abandoned in society.

He cared for victims of yellow fever, dying of the disease in 1867.

Bl. Seelos’ life shows how love of God and neighbor and how tolerance and adaptability can be “brought to perfection in all of us,” Fr. Miller said.

“His remarkable willingness to leave his beloved homeland and come to America to minister to German immigrants in need, and his willingness to come to New Orleans when he knew the dangers of yellow fever, reveal a man who lived a rather ordinary life, but with extraordinary faith and trust in God.”

The saint showed personal charisma and there are many firsthand accounts from people who attributed healings through his prayers and blessings while he was alive. Since his death, many people who have been healed credit his intercessory prayers.

“Knowing Fr. Murray as I do, I give thanks to God that he is one of them!” the priest said.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Jul
25

Liturgical Calendar

July 25, 2014

Saint James, Apostle

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Gospel
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: 2 Cor 4: 7-15
Gospel:: Mt 20: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. James »

Saint
Date
07/25/14
07/23/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 20:20-28

Homily
Date
07/25/14
07/24/14
07/23/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: