Publication of the Book 'Cures Through the Intercession of Josemaría Escrivá'

The Postulator of the Cause of Josemaría Escrivá, Msgr. Flavio Capucci, is the author of Cures Through the Intercession of Josemaría Escrivá, a book that describes 18 extraordinary cures. It has been published in Costa Rica, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United States.

All the cures included in the book were declared scientifically inexplicable by the doctors involved. Two of them have been officially approved as miracles by the corresponding canonical process.

The book begins with the story of Sister Concepción Boullón, a Carmelite of Charity who in 1976 was cured of a tumor that disappeared instantaneously and permanently. As the author explains, «this cure has a special importance because, after a rigorous and detailed study, its miraculous character was recognized by the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, which led to the beatification of the founder of Opus Dei.»

The testimonies collected in the book show the great variety of people who invoke Blessed Josemaría’s intercession and obtain favors from God: a boy of sixteen recovered his eyesight completely in a short time; a religious sister was cured of a deafness; a sterile woman conceived in a natural way and gave birth to a son; an old man of 87 suffered a cardio-respiratory stoppage which affected his brain; although the clinical symptoms indicated certain death, at the end of eleven hours he awoke from the coma and recovered mental clarity.

The last of the cures described in this volume is that of Doctor Manuel Nevado Rey, which, after being officially recognized as miraculous by decree of the Roman Pontiff, opened the doors to the canonization of Blessed Josemaría.

Msgr. Capucci offers a brief summary of each of the cures. «These are exact descriptions,» he notes, «but we have deliberately avoided overly technical terms so that they can be understood by the average reader. For obvious reasons of respect for privacy, the names of those involved have been altered in accord with the usual practice in publishing information on clinical cases in medical reviews. An exception has been made for the description of cures that are already publicly known.»

Romana, n. 34, January-June 2002, p. 106-107.

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