Chosen out of the multitude
of marvels said to have been wrought throughout the Christian world
by the powerful intercession of the Venerable Thérèse,
the first two that follow were proposed for examination for the
Cause (for canonization).
1) Sister Louise of St.
Germain of the Daughters of the Cross suffered from an organic disease,
a grave ulcer in the stomach that was hemorraghic. On having recourse
to the intercession of Thérèse she was restored to
perfect health, as three eminent doctors unanimously testified at
the request of the Sacred Congregation of Rites.
2) The second miracle was somewhat
similar to the first. It involved the cure of a young seminarian,
Charles Anne. Charles was a victim of pulmonary haemoptysis of the
cavitary stage. He confidently invoked the aid of the Servant of
God and was perfectly cured. This was clear from the testimony of
three doctors and from the reasons on which they based their decisions.
The Carmel at Lisieux has received
- and still receives thousands of reports of cures like the ones
described below. And not everybody who is cured thinks of writing.
"I was taking various tranquilizers as a safety measure, having
tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to give them up. But I was hopeful,
as I had already managed to cut down the dose.
In July 1992, I prayed to Thérèse in the basilica
at Lisieux. Since last October I have gradually stopped taking the
Atarax 25 and some of the Urbanyl 10 which I had been using since
my depressions started in April 1978, 14 1/2 years ago. Saint Thérèse
granted my wish to stop being dependent on these tranquilizers.
The depression has gone, even if my memory is not as good as it
used to be and I still sleep badly" (A prescription from November
1991 is enclosed, listing eight different medicines).
(1982, Montréal, Canada)
"I am married and have a young child. I had to go into hospital
on 22 June last for an operation on a cyst complicated by an infected
abcess, which was causing me atrocious pain. I also had bad diabetes
and chronic polyneuritis. I could not remain standing for more than
half-a-minute. On 15 July, I called Brother Dominic of Jesus. He
asked me if I believed in the 'little Thérése', I
said that I did, and added that I had always tried to follow her
spiritual way. He advised me to put a medal of her on each of my
legs and to pray for a cure. It was 9.30 in the evening when my
wife put the medals on my legs, and I went to Thérése's
shrine in my wheelchair and began praying. I turned to my wife,
who asked me: 'Do you have faith?' I answered that I had. 'Then
walk.' I got out of the wheelchair immediately and started to walk
calmly, although I was afraid that the intense pain would come back.
After a few minutes, a sudden warmth came over me, and a wave of
emotion. I no longer understood what was happening. I was happy,
but still afraid of spoiling everything by letting my emotions take
over. I went to thank God on my knees at the shrine, and could not
get over my amazement. It all happened at 9.40 in the evening. Since
then, I have been walking, and I am getting better. I accept the
diabetes as my personal cross, made to measure by God especially
"I first heard about Saint Thérèse in 1966, at
a time when I was having political problems with the authorities
in my country. But the memory soon faded, because I only knew her
by name. In 1973, however, the centenary of her birth, I was suffering
from a terrible disease called sarcoidosis, and hit on the idea
of making a pilgrimage to Lisieux. That was in August. I prayed
with all my heart to Saint Thérèse to cure me and
I think she heard me, because, nine months later, my doctor told
me that I was cured for good."
A. FAUQUET (Lisieux,
12 December 1908)
"I testify that, since 1 January 1906, my 4 1/2 year-old daughter
Reine had been suffering from an eye disease, which the doctors
told us was incurable. After sixteen months of useless treatment,
my wife took our blind child to Saint Thérése's grave
and we began making a novena to the little saint. After only two
days, while my wife was at six o'clock Mass, my little Reine suddenly
regained her sight after a violent crisis. My wife noticed it first,
and I did later. In testimony of which, and with deep gratitude
for the miracle worked in our favor, we are signing this certificate
in the presence of witnesses." (There follow 11 signatures,
and notes added by the doctor who had diagnosed phlyctenular keratitis).
"I am writing to you because I vowed to tell people about the
two miracles which happened in my family. I am the mother of two
sons, and their health has been a torment to me. My elder son was
in a coma for three months after a car crash, and all the doctors
in the intensive care unit had given him up. We prayed to Saint
Thérèse to keep him with us, and she heard our prayers.
In September, my youngest was left completely paralyzed within twenty
minutes by a terrible virus. The doctors gave him no chance of surviving.
He spent five and a half months in intensive care, on an artificial
lung... Again our prayers were answered and, at the end of six months,
a miracle happened and he began talking and walking again. The doctors
themselves were amazed."