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From time to time God intervenes in the natural course of things to change that course, not in a way that is contrary to nature’s laws, but in a way that we cannot explain or understand by natures laws alone. These interventions can be healings or other amazing works such as prevention of harm in moments of extreme peril to life and limb.
In the case of miraculous healings through the intercession of some Servant of God, or Blessed, there must be a sudden, complete and lasting cure, inexplicable by science alone, and it must be demonstrated that that the intercessor was being invoked, even primarily. Miracles are always investigated first in the place where they occurred, unless there are good reasons to move the cause to another venue.
This comes from the UK’s best Catholic weekly, The Catholic Herald. I haven’t seen this story elsewhere so far.
Vatican considers healing attributed to death camp ‘archangel in hell’
By Valerie Schmalz [She is a writer for the newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, whence this story originated. Check HERE. The Book The Last Human Face has a lot more about Fr. Stock. Kindle version HERE.]
The Vatican is working to authenticate whether the 1997 healing of an American man with incurable cancer came about through the intercession of Fr Franz Stock, a German Army chaplain to Paris prisoners of the Nazis.
Such authentication is needed before the priest’s beatification can be approved.
Fr Stock was “the last human face” hundreds, perhaps thousands, saw before their execution.
He is a symbol of reconciliation in France and Germany, where streets and schools are named for him and national leaders have honoured him. A French postage stamp commemorating Fr Stock was issued in 1998 for the 50th anniversary of his death from pulmonary edema. He died on February 24 1948, aged 43, and his Cause was opened decades later.
In 1997 a 33-year-old San Francisco resident was told by doctors he had incurable gastric cancer and had at most three months to live. Three months later he was declared cancer free. Medical tests continue to show no traces of cancer.
Robert Graffio, canon lawyer for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and notary for the investigation, said: “The doctors were flabbergasted because he was diagnosed with stage-four cancer and they sent him home to get his affairs in order and die.”
“We kept praying the whole time. He had his whole stomach removed. He had lymph nodes that were positive,” said Mary G, who as a nurse cared for her brother-in-law as he recovered instead of dying. “It’s 15 years later and he is still cancer free.”
The wartime French called Fr Stock “archangel in hell” because of his heroic mercy and kindness as chaplain to the inmates of the German armed forces Paris prisons of Fresnes, La Sante and Cherche-Midi and the execution fields of Mont Valerien.
Eyewitnesses recounted Fr Stock risking his life – at times using a specially outfitted cassock and an overcoat with hidden pockets – to bring news and banned luxuries and necessities to the men and women. The chocolate, clothing, paper, pens and letters helped the prisoners resist despair, torture and threats to their families.
During the period 1941-44, the priest recorded accompanying more than 700 people to their executions and said he witnessed thousands being shot by the Nazis. “This week alone, I prepared 72 men for death, assisted them at the final moment and buried them,” Fr Stock wrote in a December 1941 journal entry published by the Benedictine Abbey of St Joseph de Clairval, in Flavigny, France.
There is a LOT more that I cut out for the sake of space.
Be sure to go there and find more.
The site for the cause is HERE.