Doctor Says Many Are Cured in Lourdes
Invites Physicians to Attend Congress for Their Own Healing
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LOURDES, France, FEB. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The former head of the Lourdes Medical Bureau is affirming that all people can receive a cure at Our Lady's shrine if they pray and hope for it with perseverance.
Doctor Patrick Theillier, who retired from leadership of the bureau last year, stated this in an interview with France Catholique.
The cure, he explained, "might not be as spectacular as to be considered a miracle."
However, the physician added, it can affect "in a profound and lasting way the person who experiences it, in all his being, body, soul and spirit."
Doctor Theillier affirmed that "these cures are truly innumerable."
The bureau is a medical organization run by doctors that operates within the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, which, among other things, is responsible for the medical investigation of cures associated with the shrine.
The doctor noted that there are, of course, miraculous cures as well in Lourdes, and 67 have been officially recognized as such.
He affirmed that these miracles are sometimes "necessary," such as at the beginning of the Church. "For faith to increase, it must be supported by miracles," Doctor Theillier said.
Yet today, he continued, perhaps more than a century ago, we have a need "to be relieved from moral sufferings and the wounds of life, of a psychological-spiritual order, which goes beyond medicine."
"Here is where Lourdes responds to a very present need, which undoubtedly corresponds more to its original message," the physician stated.
He asserted that these types of "miracles" are "much greater" than the bodily cures, as souls are "regenerated." These miracles, he said, can take place if you desire them, hope with faith, and pray to God.
"Extraordinary physical cures have become rare," Doctor Theillier observed, given that "God acts in the first place through human mediation, through medicine and doctors."
This year, Lourdes will be the site of the international congress for the World Federation for the Catholic Medical Associations. The theme for this May 6-7 event will be "Medicine and Faith."
Doctor Theillier issued an invitation for all doctors worldwide to go to Lourdes on this occasion in order to network with colleagues, hear addresses on the application of faith to medicine, and make a pilgrimage as an "occasion to experience the cure that we all need."
"My hope at this time is that numerous Catholic doctors who suffer much at present because of their faith […] will come to find by Our Lady's side consolation and cure," he said.
He invited all Catholics, "Speak with your doctor!"
The physician concluded, "As those who have come to previous congresses have shown, the doctors who attend will be able to experience God's mercy in this place of graces."
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International congress: http://pagesperso-orange.fr/p.theillier/enindex.htm