Beginning in March, 1987, a Mexican citizen Jesús Hernández Serrano, a 55 year old married man from Mexico City, born in 1932, with two children, was under medical treatment. On May 4, 1987 he was diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, a malignant growth in the biliary duct system. These cancerous tumors of the bile ducts are usually quite advanced by the time they are found. Symptoms may include fever, loss of appetite, pain in the upper right abdomen, weight loss, yellowing of the skin. When possible, surgery to remove the tumor is the treatment of choice, and may result in a cure. At that time, when surgery to cure the cancer was not possible, life was limited to 3, and a maximum of 5, more years. By May, 1987, the patient had lost 30 kg of weight and developed into a more and more serious state. Since he was too weak, he was not able to undergo chemotherapy or surgery. The doctors decided on treatment to reduce the pain. On May 12 he left the hospital. On June 7, 1987, the family, living in an Oblate Parish, decided to pray the novena to blessed Eugene de Mazenod. The prayer was joined by the parish’s congregation. A prayer group visited the house of the sick morning and evening for the novena prayer. On June 15, the last day of the novena, the pain became more intense. During the night of June 16-17, the sick man fell into a terminal state. But, on June 17, the sick person was healed. He was able to get up and to wash himself. From that day on, he got better and better. After more than one week, the healed person was able to leave the house for the first time. By the end of the year he was back to work. Medical tests in 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991 and 1993 clearly indicated that the cancer was completely gone. Doctors described the cure as exceptional and scientifically inexplicable. In April/May of 1993, the diocesan inquiry of a possible miracle through the intercession of Blessed Eugene de Mazenod was held in the Archdiocese of Mexico City. In March, 1994, the medical Congress of the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints confirmed the miraculous cure. The miracle led to the Canonization of Eugene de Mazenod in 1995.
PRAYER FOR SAINT EUGENE DE MAZENOD’S INTERCESSION
Loving Saviour, we thank you for the life and intercession of Saint Eugene de Mazenod. Accompanied by his prayers, we bring to you all our personal intentions and those of our loved ones, especially the sick and suffering. We ask also that you inspire many persons to follow St. Eugene’s missionary example in their everyday lives by being your cooperators like he was. We ask all this with loving confidence. Amen.