Miracles for Canonisation of Fr. Paul of the Cross

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From the numerous prodigies which were wrought through the blessed Paul’s intercession since the Solemn Declaration of Beatification in 1853, two were selected for the cause of the Canonisation.

The first of these was a cure wrought upon a certain Rose d’Alena. She was on her way to the surgeon’s to submit to an operation when she accidentally turned into one of our Passionist churches, and prayed there before the image of blessed Paul. She decided to have a Mass celebrated in his honour at that very moment, and before the end of the Mass the cure was suddenly and perfectly accomplished. This happened in 1858.

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The second miracle was the multiplication of corn effected in S. Angelo, near Vetralla, through the Saint’s intercession, in 1854. The religious of this Retreat found that their supply of corn would not carry them to the summer, and that a bad harvest made it unlikely that begging could succeed in supplying their needs. The brother asked the Rector if he should continue to give the usual alms to the poor, and was told that he should. The provincial then told them to have recourse to our blessed founder; they said prayers in his honour every day, and some of them before the door of the granary measured the corn, and after having fed thirty-six religious and a multitude of visitors and poor for several months, there was more corn found in the storehouse than had been at the beginning. A multitude of people came to have their devotion gratified by a little of the miraculous grain when the miracle became known. The satisfying of their devotion seemed to increase the heap, and it went on thus until the harvest-time.

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Miracles of St. Paul of the Cross

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