New book says that at least 400 cures have  been reported at apparition site of Medjugorje
 A new book by a medical writer says that more than 400 healings have been recorded
  at the apparition site of Medjugorje in former Yugoslavia -- from the healing
 of bone spurs and deafness to cancer remission and recovery from severe brain
 The book, A Place of Healing, by  Connecticut medical writer John Dinolfo,
  documents several dramatic cures, including the case of a boy healed of spina bifida
  after his grandmother placed a photograph of him on the altar at St. James Church in
  the remote village. " He leads a normal life and very active life," writes Dinolfo
  of the boy today, "without symptoms of   spina bifida" (a deformity in the spine
  that can result in extensive neurological disabilities).
 The figure of 400 represents only those cases logged at the parish. Many others
 have gone unreported. But such cases are often crucial to the final acceptance of
  an apparition and may well figure into the drama of Medjugorje -- where controversy
  still rages over authenticity of the most publicized apparitions since Fatima.
 Dinolfo recounts the story of Megan McMahon,  a child from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, who
  was born with a potentially deadly eye  cancer called bilateral retinoblastoma
 and was taken to Medjugorje in 1987 - where  Megan, by then three, reportedly saw the
  Virgin herself. "Megan was at the one end  of the pew, and her mother  Jeannie knelt
  in the center aisle, facing the front," recounts Dinolfo. " Seer Marija Pavlovic
 and others were in a room in the balcony of  the church. As Jeannie continued to pray,
  she was unaware that the nightly apparition had started in the balcony room. Suddenly
  Megan called out, `'Mommy, is that the Blessed Mother?'... Then Megan, with
 outstretched arms, began to say loudly, in a sing-song voice, 'I love you Blessed Mother.
  I want to kiss and hug you.'"
 So striking was the occurrence that those around the girl began to weep. When asked
  later what she saw, the girl also mentioned  "the big angel," the color blue, and
  three or four "baby angels." When the girl recovered, according to Dinolfo, her
  surgeon at Philadelphia's Wills Eye Hospital expressed belief that the force
of prayer had "definitely" been at work.
 Other cures are legion. We recently  reported the case of Art Boyle - a
  Boston businessman who had cancer but no longer needed surgery when he
 returned from Medjugorje. While the figure of recorded cases may be around
  400, there are almost surely thousands of others among the estimated 23 million
  who had visited by the fall of 2000.
  "According to the Franciscan priests of Medjugorje, countless healings of
  depression, suicidal tendencies, and other severe mood disorders have been
reported in Medjugorje," says the book, being printed by the Ave Maria Centre
  of Peace in Toronto and distributed by Saint Andrew Publications in Pennsylvania
  and expected out in the next several weeks.



Spirit Daily

Report: Woman Was Healed Of Severe Cancer, Other Illnesses At Medjugorje

[from Children of Medjugorje]

When Colleen went to her doctor in Chicago, a pulmonary specialist, she walked right up to the reception desk and said, "I'm Colleen Willard."  Everyone in the office knew her by sight and said, "No, you're not."  Shocked, she said, "Yes, I am!"  They screamed running through the office yelling, "Dr. Duggan, Dr. Duggan, come here!"  Baffled by the excitement in his office he walked into the room quickly.  He saw Colleen and, as if struck by lightening, his entire perspective on life changed.  He said, "Oh my God!  Oh my God!  Oh my God!" 

We first heard Colleen's story in September from long-time Medjugorje resident Patrick Latta.  Immediately we called Gail and Jack Boos and heard the following story from Gail:    

"Colleen suffered from an inoperable brain tumor that affected her pituitary gland and all of her fine and gross motor skills.  She had rickets, her thyroid had completely dried up to the size of a raisin, she had MS, lupus, fibromyalgia and nine other painful and deadly illnesses.  The Mayo Clinic in
Rochester Minnesota (top research clinic in the United States for spinal cord injuries and brain tumors) reminded Colleen often that just to be alive was a miracle, even without the brain tumor.  We first met Colleen when she asked us, despite her pain, if she could volunteer for our organization, St. Clare Helper of the Poor, Inc.  She became one of our biggest fund raisers for refugees and the poor in Bosnia, utilizing the telephone when her voice permitted.

In the last stages of cancer, Colleen's suffering became so extreme that prayer was her only recourse.  She could no longer climb the stairs to her bedroom or prayer room, she could not go to the bathroom without assistance, and to only touch her skin caused unimaginable pain.  Colleen's husband, John, continued to work while their 21 year old son agreed to stay home and take care of Colleen.  One day I shared with Colleen about our many trips to Medjugorje [the famed apparition site in Bosnia-Hercegovina]. Colleen felt inspired to go but she knew she couldn't go in her present physical state.  And with medical bills from Mayo Clinic piling up, her family simply did not have the money.  Still, Colleen said, "I don't want to go for a healing, I only want to go and experience Blessed Mother and this holy place". 

That was in April.  In August Colleen called us and said, "John and I are praying about going on this trip."  I said, "Colleen, it would only be by the grace of God that you could make it across the ocean in your condition."  And she said, "No Gail, we've been praying with our hearts and I said to the Lord, 'Lord, if you really want me to go, I need a confirmation.  Let Fr. Agniello call me tomorrow and I will know that I am supposed to go.'  The next morning at 9:00, Fr. Agniello called and said, "Colleen, I don't know why but I'm supposed to call you this morning."  So she knew that she and John were meant to go.  That was her confirmation. 

We were down to the last couple of weeks of getting everything ready to go to Medjugorje.  John paid their fare and we were all to meet in Chicago..  I talked to John and told him that I thought it was really important that he take out a second insurance policy on Colleen because if she were to get really sick in Medjugorje, she might die and the cost to get her back home might be six or seven figures. 

Getting onto the plane, Colleen and John were miraculously upgraded to business class.  Colleen was given medication every two hours to control the pain.  In
Split airport, John and Jack took Colleen's feet and lifted them one at a time, step by step onto the bus.  But in all of her pain she was joyful, always smiling, always praising God that she had made it that far. 

The next morning, Vicka was speaking.  Colleen was pushed in her wheel chair as far as she could go in order to get a glimpse of Vicka.  But all of the people around were pushing her, leaning on her, mothers were bringing their children in and passing them over her head--I thought, 'I made a horrible mistake by bringing her up here.  Please Lord forgive me.  This is too much for her!'  Just then her head dropped and I thought Colleen had died because she had told me that she could die at any moment if the pituitary gland gave way or her head was hit too hard.  Her husband was way in back so he pushed his way through the crowd, lifted her head back, put some morphine mixed with another medicine under her tongue and we waited.  It took her quite some time to revive. 

When Vicka finished speaking she pushed her way through the crowd and approached Colleen.  Her first words to her in English were "Praise God! Praise God!"   Vicka opened her arms, reached inside Colleen's wheelchair and pulled her into her chest hugging and kissing her, holding Colleen's body.  Then she put her left hand on Colleen's head and as she went to put her right hand also, pilgrims literally pulled her hand away and stuffed prayer petitions, rosaries and pictures into her hand.  But Vicka, with her beautiful heavenly presence and her smile, continued to pray over Colleen and several of us saw this:  It looked like a golden globe came from Vicka's hand.  Vicka had her hand on Colleen for a long time and Colleen kept saying, "My head is like coals!  My head is burning!  It's like a spiral going through my body!."  When Vicka finished praying over Colleen--about 10 minutes--she bent over and hugged Colleen again and kissed her again. 

Colleen was crying.

So we got Colleen into a taxi and back to church and John rolled her to the very front.  Jack and I stayed at the back.  Later, Colleen shared with us that when the priest began to consecrate the host, she heard the Blessed Mother say, "My daughter, will you surrender to God the Father?  Will you surrender to my Spouse, the Holy Spirit?  Will you surrender to my Son, Jesus?" and Colleen heard Blessed Mother say, "Will you surrender now?"  And Colleen said, "Yes I will surrender now, all for the glory of heaven, all for the glory of God".  At that moment, her legs began to tingle.  She knew that something was different and when Mass was over, she knew that she was healed and walked out of her wheelchair.  I was in total shock.  John was behind her pushing the empty wheelchair and there stood Colleen.  She walked right out of church.  We went to Viktor's restaurant and people were running to her. 

They had heard of the healing and even seen it.  She walked back to the pansion, where she played with her husband, pushing him in the wheelchair.  he next day she climbed Apparition Hill on her own.  Then she made it to the sixth station of Krizevac, even though she had the strength to make it to the top -- at the request of a priest -- she prayed instead of continuing. 

Upon her return to the team of doctors in the United States who were looking after her health, Colleen was completely tested and all tests came back normal.  She now has a working thyroid, the brain tumor has disappeared and all illnesses are eradicated from her body. But, Colleen and John wondered how they would explain her healing to the doctor at the Mayo Clinic. When she opened the door for her appointment, the doctor pushed his chair away from his desk, smiled at her and said, "So, you have been to Medjugorje! You are our third major unexplainable healing coming from there!"  The problem was solved.  There was nothing to explain.

Colleen's healing has joined hundreds of others in St James parish records which closely resemble those from Lourdes. But Colleen's story is far from being over!   As she was courageously serving Jesus and the poor before her healing, offering up the terrible and continuous pain she endured, she now offers her health to answer Jesus' call.  The key words of Colleen's life and of all the incredible blessings which are flowing from it, are indeed, "Yes, I surrender!" 


[from Children of Medjugorje]:

Veronica and Alex visited us in Medjugorje this week too.  They have come from South Africa every year since 1998 just to give thanks and praise to God.  My wife, Cathy and I had never heard Veronica’s story… and so over a cup of coffee Sister Emmanuel suggested they share it with us!

For 22 years Veronica had been blind.  Her retinas were damaged, and she has been unable to see.  Veronica has always prayed to Jesus and Our Lady, and her faith is strong.  One night in August 1998, while in pain, she began to pray.  All of a sudden she saw Jesus standing before her beckoning to her with his arms outstretched.  He showed her a panorama: a village, a mountain with a big cross on top, small shops and houses along the street, a large church with two steeples and inside, on the third stain glass window, the Blessed Mother.  “I said to Jesus, ‘I don’t know where this place is.’  Jesus just looked at me and smiled and said, ‘Medjugorje!’ ”

In the morning she told her husband, Alex, everything she had seen and that Jesus had called the place Medjugorje.  They phoned their travel agent, who had helped them visit many Marian shrines, and asked him if he knew of such a place.  The agent had never heard of it.  They were perplexed.  A few days later they were surprised to learn how to get there from a friend who had just returned from a pilgrimage!

Upon arriving in the village, Alex said he knew exactly where everything was because Veronica had described it so well from her vision - the post office, the bridge, the church.... as they drove down the road every building was just as it had appeared to Veronica!  They went to hear seer Vicka Ivancovic speak on the steps of the blue house.  There were so many pilgrims that Alex and Veronica were squashed in the back of the group.  As Vicka talked, Alex noticed that she was gazing at Veronica.  Alex told her: “She is looking at you!”  Then Veronica heard, “She’s waving at you!  She’s smiling at you!”  Then, when Vicka had finished speaking, Alex said, “She’s coming down and walking toward you!”  “She’s right in front of you!”  Then Vicka placed her hand over Veronica’s eyes and prayed.  When Vicka removed her hand, one eye was completely healed and Veroncia could see!

Leaping for joy and dancing in the street Veronica cried out in thanksgiving.  She, who was blind, could see!  To this day she’s filled with such joy at the love of God that she can't resist reaching out and loving all those around her.

The next day after the healing, Veronica and Alex attended a talk by Fr. Svetozar Kraljevic in the yellow building behind the church.  During his talk, to Veronica’s surprise a picture of the Gospa on the front wall came alive. A silence spread over the room (everyone, it seemed, knew something was happening).  Then Veronica saw that Our Lady was holding something deep blue in her hands.  It was the continent of Africa!  What could this mean?  They prayed.  Hearing Sr. Emmanuel speak the following day it became clear.  They were being called to spread Our Lady’s messages in Africa! 

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