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Nothing Short of a Miracle: The Healing Power of the Saints

Treece, Patricia

 This is a popular work about miraculous cures, especially physical healings that occurred in response to saints' prayers, either in which the saint prays for a specific cure or who effects cures when in a unitive state of prayer. She brings out the humanity of saints "as fully real people who need to receive God's healing as well" (p. xiii). She includes mainly those saints who had lived, worked, or vacationed in North America. She tried to find well-authenticated cases of healing that occurred from roughly 1850 to 1987. Some of the saints she highlights are Frances Xavier Cabrini, Father Solanus Casey, Bishop John Neumann, Blessed Andre Bessette, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Father John Bosco (Don Bosco), Father Francis Xavier Seelos, Padre Pio, and Sister Maria Troncatti. Usually two chapters are devoted to each, one describing the saint's life and the other his or her cures. Of miracles she writes that they are "by definition . . . always God's wondrous work, the man or woman who prays being only a humble petitioner" (p. xv). She is of the opinion that the saints are the most healthy people psychologically because they are the best at giving and receiving love. Catholic saints are emphasized, and an appendix lists organizations associated with some of the saints described to which requests for prayers may be sent.
Publisher Information:New York: Image Books/Doubleday, 1988. 226p. Bibl: 219-223
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