Monday, February 08, 2010
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."