I love it when interesting stories just come out of the woodwork when I’m least looking.
This time, I found two great stories about one of my favorite places – Lourdes. This post may be a bit shorter than usual because I don’t want to diminish the original articles too much in my retelling.
Deaf Girl can Hear
The first story involves a girl born deaf.
Born prematurely in Italy, doctors used medication to save her, but also ended up damaging her ears. Profoundly deaf and unable to make much use of prosthetics, she received speech therapy to help her learn to read lips and speak to some degree.
In May 2016, apparently, her mother decided to take her whole family to Lourdes as a special pilgrimage of thanksgiving. Unlike some desperate trips to Lourdes, there was no special effort to heal her daughter. They were simply there to enjoy the experience and behaved much like any other visitor.
It wasn’t until they went back to their hotel and her mother wanted to go to a meeting of first-time pilgrims that her daughter answered very clearly that she should stay. I cannot tell from the article whether this meant her daughter wished her mother to stay with her or to stay longer at the meeting – for the mother clearly went to the meeting where she informed the pilgrimage conductor that her daughter had removed her prosthesis and could now hear.
They took basic measures to confirm that the child could hear (calling her softly from another room) and listening to her changed voice, and the next morning, the tour conductor indicated he wanted to report the case to be investigated. He also took the girl to see the great crowned statue of Our Lady, at which point, the girl said, “I thank you, dear Mother, for what you have done to me.”
Not only could the child now hear and speak normally, she had changed her entire character, being much more open and extroverted than when she was before her cure.
Investigations continue in Italy since great caution and accuracy is required before officially declaring a miracle, but this is a pretty awesome story that deserves sharing.
Read the whole story here: http://eponymousflower.blogspot.com/2016/05/lourdes-girl-born-deaf-can-now-hear.html
The Miracles at Lourdes are Inexplicable
Believers already knew this. Some non-believers already knew this as well. But when a Nobel-prize winning, agnostic scientist says this?! That is news-worthy!
That’s exactly what happened recently.
In one of my recent articles, I went into how the Church is extremely cautious about declaring miracles, and how it goes about it. For this reason, many thousands of “inexplicable healings” will never be recognized by the Church. It doesn’t mean they don’t happen – or aren’t miracles to those who received the healing.
Because the rules are so rigid, some would think that it’s because there is no scientific basis to accept a miracle. The word “miracle” itself is such a spiritual concept that many scientists reject it out of hand, like many reject the experience of ghosts or other very (seemingly) anti-scientific phenomena.
But now, French doctor Luc Montagnier, who is credited with discovering HIV and who received the Nobel Prize in Medicine back in 2008 has joined the ranks of those who know that the healings at Lourdes are actually happening. According to Montagnier, “When a phenomenon is inexplicable, if it really exists, then there’s no reason to deny it.” It should be studied, not denied.
He dislikes the common “scientific” attitude of “rejecting what they don’t understand.” Contrarily, he realizes that though he has no explanation for these miracles, the fact that they do not fit within the current limits of science is not sufficient to discredit them entirely.
I love this, because so often, science has become its own religion complete with its own dogma. It takes a brave scientist to step out and say that it’s okay to not know everything scientifically! Maybe someday, science will advance to include the proof of miracles or maybe it will not… but in the mean time, I like Montagnier’s attitude, in quoting Carl Sagan:
“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.”
Read the rest of this article at: http://aleteia.org/2017/02/18/nobel-prize-winning-agnostic-scientist-says-the-miracles-at-lourdes-are-inexplicable/