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by Fr Doug Harris 2021
“Young girl, I say to you, arise.” The little girl rose from the dead, at once. Our Lord said that his disciples would “heal the sick, cast out devils, cleans lepers and raise the dead. (Matt 10:8) Perhaps the saint that has raised more people from the dead than any other person is St Vincent Ferver (1350-1419). He once converted 10,000 Jews at one time by marching right into a synagogue and preaching to them. A contemporary of St Vincent, claimed he had raised 28 persons from the dead.
The Sacraments have caused people to rise from the dead.
In my early thirties, my parish priest rushed to a home where a woman was dying. When he arrived, the woman had already died. He gave her the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and she rose from the dead. (He then enrolled her in the Brown Scapular, and after about an hour she died again. Perhaps she came back to life, only so that she would be enrolled in the Brown Scapula, which guarantees us our salvation.)
On another time, I was assisting a priest in Royal Perth Hospital. A 91-year-old man was in a coma and expected to die any moment. Therefore, his family were called into the hospital. With his family present, the priest gave him the Sacrament of the Sick. About 5 or 10 minutes later, he came out of the coma and said to his eldest son, “what am I doing here in hospital, take me home, there is nothing wrong with me.”
The next example is due to Eucharist: Gabriel Gargam, a 33-year-old postal clerk, was sorting mail on an express train to Paris in 1899. A horrific crash occurred as another train collided into his. He spent the next 20 months in hospital, paralysed from the waist down, weighing only 35kg, unable to eat, except liquids fed via a tube to his throat, Gargam was declared crippled for life requiring constant nursing care. Gargam called himself an unbeliever. He went to Lourdes because he didn’t have the strength to stop his family from taking him there. He arrived in Lourdes in 1901. He was given a small piece of Holy Communion on his tongue. At that moment he knew God was real and loving. He said: “It was the greatest moment in my life.” At 2pm he was put into the baths (the spring). He lost consciousness and died. As his distressed family carried his dead body away on his stretcher there was a procession of the Eucharist at the same time. The bishop blessed the dead body with the monstrance. Gargam’s body showed movement. He called out: “Help me.” His mother sobbed: “He has not spoken for 20 months.” He was completely healed.
The next story is about a boy who was in a coma. The doctors said he would die and there was nothing the hospital could do for him to prevent is death. This story is told by a Fr Richard Woldum, the Chaplain of a hospital in Illinois, USA. “One morning I received a call to come to the emergency room to see an eleven-year-old boy named Johnny who was dying. I found him on a breathing machine, his head swollen very large. Johnny’s parents had told me he had been riding his bike on a gravel road near his home when a truck came flying over the hill and hit him head-on. Half his brains scattered in the field. When I asked Johnny’s parents if he had been baptized, they said, ‘No.’ I asked them if they like me to baptize Johnny. They said if I wanted to, I could baptize him in the Catholic faith.
That night with the parents and two nurses as witnesses, I baptized Johnny. The next morning, I was doing the communion rounds when my beeper went off. Johnny’s doctor wanted me in the intensive care unit. “What you do last night?” he asked in broken English. I explained to the doctor, a Buddhist, that I had baptized Johnny. He informed me that the boys swelling had disappeared. The doctor was still convinced that the boy would die, however, or if he lived, remain a vegetable, never moving, talking or even moving his eyes. That night Johnny’s parents thanked me for baptizing him. I then explained about the ‘Anointing of the Sick.’ With their agreement and in their presence, I anointed Johnny. The next morning the doctor pointed to Johnny’s eyes and asked, “What you do?” I saw that Johnny’s eyes were moving. He said, “it no matter. Boy no talk or move. He remain vegetable.” It was now the third night, counting the night of the accident. I suggested to the parents that they permit me to give Johnny the Sacrament of Confirmation. They agreed.
The following morning his legs and arms were moving. The doctor said to me in front of the parents, “I no longer in control.” He was simply unable to explain what was happening. That evening when I explained to them about the Eucharist, they said they wanted this for Johnny too. I gave him some Precious Blood with an eye dropper, because he would not be able to swallow the Host. As a result of receiving the Precious Blood he was completely healed. After his recovery they took another x-ray of his head and found that the part of his brain that had spilled out into the field had grown back. The doctor in this case started looking into Christianity. Three nurses converted to Catholicism.” (Taken from Healing though the Mass by Robert De Grandis.
Of course, physical death is not the only form of death. There is also emotional and spiritual death. Mary Cortes, after 17 years of mental illness and manic depression was healed through the Mass. This is her account: I am coming to know that the Eucharist is the greatest healing sacrament. “For 17 years I was in and out of every mental hospital in the region of New Orleans, Louisana and given almost every treatment available to psychiatric patients. The doctors gave up hope of my recovering my mental health. When I went to bed at night, I was afraid of waking up to another day of terror. After I was baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to attend healing Masses, I became mentally, emotionally, and physically well. The more I actively participate in the Mass, the more real He becomes to me. Jesus Himself enters into me and heals from the inside.” (Taken from Healing Through the Mass by Robert DeGrandis)
Our Lord did teach us that the Eucharist, Holy Communion, is essential for life in this world and in the next, eternal life.
In John, chapter 6 verse 53, Our Lord said: “Unless you eat of the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.”
In verse 57 Our Lord said: “Whoever eats Me will live because of Me.”
In verse 54 Our Lord said: “Those who eat My Flesh and drink my Blood have eternal life.”
Our Lord is explaining to us that if we don’t eat His Flesh and drink His Blood, in other words, if we don’t have Holy Communion, we will have no life in us. We will be dead spiritually and emotionally.
Our Lord wants us to be alive. Our Lord wants us to be fulfilled as much as possible.