Thursday, March 13, 2003

Martyrs' shrine awaits miracle

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The priests at Our Lady of Martyrs' Shrine in Auriesville are waiting for a miracle.

That's what it will take to get the blessed martyr herself, Kateri Tekakwitha, made a saint by the Vatican, say those who run the popular shrine that sits above the Mohawk River six miles west of Amsterdam.

If the Vatican hears of a sick person who prays to the martyr and is cured -- such a cure must be investigated by Vatican doctors to make sure medical science is not the reason -- the Pope might make her a saint, said the Rev. John Marzolf, a Jesuit priest who is director of the shrine.

I have made a retreat at Auriesville and visited the Shrine of Blessed Kateri many times while there. Amy and I also prayed at Blessed Kateri's tomb near Montreal several summer's ago. I encourage anyone in need of a miracle to ask for Blessed Kateri's intercession!