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Sister Marie Simon-Pierre the France, who cure from Parkinson"s was the miracle that led to Pope john Paul II"s beatification.

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usmam.org Press has actually released the Beatification version of John Paul II: The great Mercy Pope, by Fr. George W. Kosicki, CSB, and David Came. The adhering to is an excerpt from chapter 2:Pope man Paul II suffered from the debilitating results of Parkinson"s an illness in his critical years, as he struggled v slurred speech, trembling in his hands, and also stooped posture. He even had to put up v the indignity of being transported top top a platform. According to papal biographer George Weigel in Witness to Hope: The biography of Pope john Paul II, john Paul was an initial diagnosed v the disease in 1994. The Vatican would certainly go public v the diagnosis numerous years later.Especially in the closing mainly of his life, john Paul was rendered almost completely silent in his enduring from the disease. Who can forget, for example, how he to be unable come speak and also could just bless the crowd in St. Peter"s Square ~ above his critical Easter Sunday in 2005?What renders John Paul II"s struggles with advanced Parkinson"s — which to be a contributing aspect in his death — so emotional is the nature that the miracle known for his beatification. The miracle affiliated a French nun who claims she was instantly cure of Parkinson"s with his intercession two months come the day after his death. Together we think about his legacy as the great Mercy Pope, the crowning irony the this is the he had the ability to relieve someone else of Parkinson"s with his intercession when he self struggled through the overcome of the disease to the end.The nun connected is Sr. Marie Simon-Pierre Normand that the Congregation of the tiny Sisters the Catholic Motherhood. She works as a nurse in a Paris maternity clinic and also had been diagnosed with Parkinson"s in June 2001 at the period of only 40. She reports the the condition that it impacted the totality left side of she body, producing great challenge for her, as she was left-handed. After 3 years, she stated that the initial phase of the disease, slow but progressive, was followed by an aggravation the the symptoms, i m sorry included boost of the trembling, an ext rigidity, pain, and also insomnia.Tellingly, she stated that the town hall Pope man Paul II weaken from the results of Parkinson"s disease, "I observed myself in the year to come" (Catholic News service report, march 30, 2007).When john Paul II passed to the mr on April 2, 2005, Sr. Simon-Pierre reported that her condition began to worsen mainly by week. She to be unable to write and if she test it, what she created was unintelligible. She might drive just for short trips due to the fact that her left leg would certainly stiffen and her rigidity would impede she driving. Further, to carry out her occupational at the maternity clinic, that took much more time 보다 usual. She claims that she was exhausted. (This originates from her testimony, composed in 2006, which formed part of man Paul II"s reason for beatification.)Members that Sr. Simon-Pierre"s congregation began to pray for she healing from the disease through the intercession of john Paul II, adhering to the Vatican dispensing with the five-year waiting duration for man Paul II"s reason on may 13, 2005.SISTER SIMON-PIERRE"S TESTIMONYShe reports further in her testimony that 2006 around her miraculous healing:

On June 1, i was finished; i struggled come stand and also to walk. On June 2 in the afternoon, i went to uncover my premium to ask she if I could leave mine work. She motivated me to endure a little longer until my return from Lourdes in August, and she added: "John Paul II has not yet stated his last word" (John Paul II to be surely there, in that meeting, which passed in serenity and also peace). Then, mommy Superior gave me a pen and told me to write: "John Paul II." It was 5 o"clock in the afternoon. Through effort, ns wrote: "John Paul II." We stayed in silence before the illegible letters, then the day continued as usual.At the finish of the evening prayer, at 9 o"clock in ~ night, I saw my office prior to going to my room. I felt the should pick increase the pen and also to write, just as if someone in ~ me to be saying: "Pick up the pen and write." the was in between 9:30 and also 9:40 at night. Come my great surprise, I saw that the composing was clearly legible. Not understanding anything, I went to bed. 2 months specifically had unable to do by since John Paul II"s leave to the residence of the Father. I woke up in ~ 4:30 a.m., surprised the I was able to sleep, and also I leapt the end of bed: my body was no much longer insensitive, rigid, and also interiorly i was no the same.Then, i felt an internal call and the strong impulse to walk to pray before the many Blessed Sacrament. I went under to the Oratory and also prayed before the most Blessed Sacrament. Ns felt a extensive peace and also a sensation of wellbeing; too an excellent an experience, a mystery difficult to explain with words.Later, before the many Blessed Sacrament, i meditated on man Paul II"s Mysteries that Light. At 6 o"clock in the morning, i went the end to fulfill with the sisters in the chapel because that a time that prayer, i beg your pardon was adhered to by the Eucharistic celebration.I had to walk some 50 meters, and also at that an extremely moment i realized that, as I walked, my left arm was moving, the was not immobile alongside my body. I also felt a physics lightness and agility that I had not felt because that a long time.During the Eucharistic celebration, ns was full of joy and also peace; it to be June 3, the feast the the sacred Heart that Jesus. Coming the end from holy Mass, i was sure of my cure; my hand did not shake any kind of more. I checked out write again, and at midday I quit taking my medicines.On June 7, together planned, I visited my neurologist, my medical professional for the past four years. That was also surprised to view the disappearance of every the symptoms of the disease, in spite of my having interrupted the treatment 5 days earlier. The following day, the Superior basic entrusted an act of thanksgiving to all our communities, and the whole congregation began a thanksgiving novena to man Paul II (testimony created in 2006 for john Paul II"s cause for beatification).

In this account of Sr. Simon-Pierre"s healing, there"s one intriguing link with the exact time of man Paul II"s death, 9:37 p.m. On April 2, 2005, and the time 2 months later on June 2 "between 9:30 and also 9:40 in ~ night" when Sister says someone within her urged she to shot again to write John Paul"s name. Was this someone within her john Paul II, comes to she aid, probably two months to the minute ~ his death? after all, she notes the this time her composing of his name, to her "great surprise," was "clearly legible."APPROVAL for THE MIRACLEThe diocesan inspection on a miracle for the servant of God man Paul II began in 2006. It contained submission the the testimony of Sr. Simon-Pierre"s feasible miraculous healing through the intercession of man Paul II. Such a wonder is compelled for beatification, in addition to proof the the candidate live a building life to a heroic degree. (This was covered in our first chapter.)In the instance of the wonder for the cause, it is investigated through both medical experts and also theological consultants. Theolog- ical consultants weigh the evidence for determining the the alleged miracle occurred through the intercession of the candidate for beatification.Usually, a feasible miracle requires a physical healing, such as was the situation with Sr. Simon-Pierre. This is wherein the clinical investigators sweet in through their field of expertise to recognize whether the healing is uncertain on scientific and also medical grounds.In the case of the heal of Sr. Simon-Pierre, the medical consultants voted their approval ~ above October 21, 2010. The theological consultants complied with suit with their approval ~ above December 14, 2010. The miracle was then approved by the Cardinals and also Bishops of the Congregation for the causes of the Saints top top January 11, 2011. Finally, approval by Pope Benedict XVI and also publication that the Decree on the Miracle come on January 14, 2011.Now the way was clearing by the Vatican come schedule the date for the Venerable maid of God"s beatification."I observed GOD"S GLORY"Following the beatification, which we will certainly cover in our next chapter, Sr. Simon-Pierre has committed herself to sharing she testimony involving the miracle. Because that instance, in ~ the second World Apostolic congress on Mercy celebrated in Poland on October 1-5, 2011, she gave her testimony in Wadowice, the hometown of man Paul II.On that occasion, she mentioned just how "my congregation walk pray because that the mercy of my healing." She likewise said that she "saw God"s glory" in ~ the beatification of john Paul:

Since may 14, 2005, a certain verse native the Gospel the John has actually been deep within me and also has no left: "Did I not tell you the if girlfriend believe, you will view the glory the God?" (Jn 11: 40). I experienced God"s glory in St. Peter"s Square on might 1, 2011, top top the Sunday of divine Mercy as soon as John Paul II was asserted Blessed. 6 years had just passed due to the fact that I quit my therapy. ... My congregation walk pray because that the mercy the my healing from Parkinson"s disease, so that I can work and also serve in my maternity clinic, together a nurse taking care of mothers and also newborns. I was young then . To take part in the Church"s mission, arms, hands, eyes, and also hearts are needed so the all family members — all families regardless that their difficulties — have the right to be told around the magnificent love of ours Father. We hope the this healing miracle has actually made at the very least a tiny contribution come the beatification of Pope john Paul II ... . Us deeply loved the Pope, seeing in him the Shepherd that God"s Heart and also the Pope that the Family.

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For Sr. Simon-Pierre and the rest of us, Blessed man Paul II"s merciful intercession for her and also his faithfulness to the Lord throughout his struggles with Parkinson"s stand together a testimony to God"s mercy and also John Paul"s heroic virtue. They inspire united state to perform likewise, interceding for those in need and also bearing our very own crosses in fidelity come our merciful Savior"s will certainly for ours lives. Such a testimony to God"s mercy can inspire united state to view the glory that God shining with our lives, together it did because that Sr. Simon-Pierre at the beatification.O merciful Savior, girlfriend told Martha before raising her brother Lazarus from the dead, "Did I no tell you the if you believe, friend will see the glory the God?" (Jn 11:40). Give us eye of belief to see Your glory shining through our lives. Provide this prayer with the intercession of your servant, Blessed john Paul II. Amen.EDITOR"S NOTE: sisters Marie Simon-Pierre Normand will be a one-of-a-kind guest speak at the national Shrine that The magnificent Mercy, in Stockbridge, Mass, on Sunday, April 29. She will likewise be among the speaker at the 8th annual Healthcare professionals for divine Mercy Conference, may 1-2.+ + +Father George W. Kosicki is a longtime collaborator with the usmam.org Fathers that the Immaculate Conception in spreading the post of divine Mercy. In 1987, he top their magnificent Mercy department in Stockbridge, Mass., which was responsible for editing and proofing the English translate in of the Diary the St. Maria Faustina Kowalska.David come is executive, management editor that usmam.org Helper magazine, the flagship publication of the association of usmam.org Helpers, which is headquartered in Stockbridge, Mass. He is the writer of Pope Benedict"s magnificent Mercy Mandate.Learn more about Les Petites Sœurs des Maternités Catholiques atwww.maternites-catholiques.fr orwww.jaccompagnelavie.com