"I saw a bright light radiating from the host that I could not look at. Then I felt a warmth permeating my whole body and knew that I was cured."
Religion has been a very important part of my life. I met my husband at a Franciscan youth group and were later married with the blessing of the Friars. After my husband died 47 years later, I received the news that I had colon cancer. My hope was fading and thought I would be joining my husband especially after two serious operations, performed by Surya Nalamati, M.D. at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
By chance, two friends and I went to an "Infant of Prague" (Three days of prayer) service presided over by Father Ben Luedtke at St. Albert the Great Church in Dearborn Heights, Michigan in 2010. I happened to sit on the end pew next to the aisle. Father Ben was blessing us with the monstrance (a dignified transparent receptacle) in which the blessed Eucharist was exposed. Instead of just standing at the altar, he started to come down the aisle. When he reached me to begin the individual blessing, I saw a bright light radiating from the host that I could not look at. Then I felt a warmth permeating my whole body and knew that I was cured.
After the healing, I did tell Fr. Ben about it and he said it wasn't him but the Lord who healed me (which is true).
I believe that Jesus is truly present in the host once the priest consecrates it (St. John 6: 48 – 59). Why He healed me is a mystery that only He knows. I believe that if you try to live a good Christian life and follow the commandments of God, your faith will give you peace in your heart to carry on. I have been cancer free now for more than five years. I thank God for my faith and pray for peace and joy to all.
Dearborn, Michigan, USA 48126
How Wtness.org learned of Marilyn's story: On Sept. 17, 2016, The Michigan Catholic magazine published an article about Wtness.org. Marilyn lives within the local area, and read the article, and submitted the article through the site.
Does God heal only in this way? That is, to life-long Catholics who are worshipping His living presence in the Eucharist? No; he heals whom He wants to heal. Compare this story of a young college man healed of a back that he was unable to straighten for many months. That young man had never before been to a church of any kind, but when he heard about Jesus in his first church visit, he said, "I want to know that Man!"
Are you jealous because I'm generous? [Matt 20:15]