“I can’t believe that these men were willing to take the time out to pray for me, and the fact that it worked,” he said.
The 30-year-old man said he grew up in a Catholic household, but had not practiced his faith consistently. “I never said my prayers at night before bed or anything like that,” he recalled.
“But due to the prayers of other people, while I was in my coma … I was chosen because of their prayers to get better, which just shows you that anybody can be saved by God.”
“It doesn’t matter who you are. You don’t have to be a priest or the president or someone high up or anything like that. God chooses you. It’s his choice, and that’s what he did for me.”
“Now I’m just looking for the reason why I got a second chance,” Glisson reflected.
He may want to look to the example of the man credited with his healing.
Bl. Louis Guanella was born in Italy's Southern Alps during 1842. He became a priest and founded two orders – the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence and the Servants of Charity – to serve the poor and others abandoned by society.
The orders’ ministry revolves around care for the developmentally disabled, support for the elderly, and care for children from difficult backgrounds.
“Wherever there was any need,” Fr. Denis Weber recalled, “Fr. Guanella wanted to be present, to serve those who are marginalized, those who were seen as less by society.”
The priest said his order's founder “believed in the dignity of each and every person.” Fr. Guanella died on Oct. 24, 1915 and was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1964.
Fr. Weber also stressed that the soon-to-be saint had “great trust and belief in the providence of God. God is a father, and we are his children. God is a God of love who loves all his children and wants to care for and protect them.”
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In November 2009 the medical commission of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints said there were no scientific, natural or medical reasons for Glisson’s cure. In January 2010 the Pontifical Theological Commission affirmed that the healing took place through Bl. Louis Guanella’s intercession.
The local superior of the Servants of Charity feels excited to be involved in a miracle credited to the founder of his community.
“This is a great day for the Church, for the Servants of Charity, for the Guanellian family, but also for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which has experienced some difficulties here recently,” Fr. Weber observed.
He said it had been overwhelming for Glisson to have to relive a “terrible accident,” for the sake of the process to find out whether a miracle took place.
“But he’s been very open in talking to others,” the priest said.
For his part, Glisson is looking forward to the trip to Rome, where Pope Benedict XVI will declare Fr. Louis Guanella a saint of the universal Church. The Springfield resident says he's “never been anywhere before,” making this unusual journal a “very exciting first trip out of the country.”