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My Journey to Lourdes

Feb 11, 2019

In December of 2015, I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Over the coming days, the weight of my diagnosis became real: How would I cope? Who would take care of my family? Though my body was failing, this disease could not touch my spirit. I turned to Our Lady for help, taking a pilgrimage to Lourdes in France for healing and wholeness.


Lourdes Today


Comments

Thu, 02/11/2021 - 10:08 AM
I just listened to this powerful story. So, was Christian cured of his ALS?
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 06:06 PM
was he cured and did he tell his story to many
Clare Martin
Sun, 02/13/2022 - 09:45 AM
Clare Martin
We too have been to Lourdes- what an awesome, special & unforgettable experience! Thanks for sharing his story. May God bless him & his family!!
Nancy Gruber
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 11:16 PM
Nancy Gruber
No, he was not physically cured, but was spiritually & emotionally cured. He is able to put his illness into God's hands and witness to others about his experience. We were privileged to speak with him in person a number of years ago on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin.
Vera Ann Richard
Sat, 02/12/2022 - 01:49 AM
Vera Ann Richard
I don't know if he was cured, but his story is one I will remember. God bless you.
nicholas russo
Sat, 02/12/2022 - 10:43 AM
nicholas russo
Lovely story. I will encourage my students to listen to it. I love the humor and weeping. I too am close to the BVM and have made friends with the angels, as Francis DeSales advises. Thank you for sharing it.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 11:32 AM
That was heart rendering and beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 02:00 PM
Patty and FM, and Franciscan Spirit Team, Thank you for sharing this beautiful video message! Peace & All Good.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 02:08 PM
This is something that I needed to hear in my life, so glad that he shared his story. Hope to take the same journey to Lourdes. The story brought tears to my eyes. TOUCHING.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 04:16 PM
A beautiful and inspiring video. My wonderful and amazing granddaughter has leukemia for the third time in two years. She is 16. May she receive a miracle.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 04:20 PM
Such a beautiful story of Christian's miracle. So glad you shared it with us. And Happy Birthday Blessings, Patty.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 05:00 PM
This was beautiful and it touched me deeply - thank you for sharing.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 07:38 PM
Patty - happy birthday! Thank you and Christian for this amazing miracle of life! Christian you are an inspiration and are truly blessed. I was so happy hearing your story and wish you all the best. God is great!
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 09:23 PM
So heartfelt. What a wonderful story and testament. So happy that Christian found his happiness. What a blessing. It brought me to tears.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 10:47 PM
God bless you Christian. Your story moved me to tears. To be blessed with a miracle! Thank God and love and peace to you and your family.
Thu, 02/11/2021 - 10:55 PM
This was beautifully done! Thank you for sharing. Christian explained it so well!
Fri, 02/12/2021 - 01:20 AM
As abeliever that mother Mary is capable of helping us in our time of need, i believe so much in the miracle attributed to Lourdes though i have been there in person. May these miracles increase our faith forever.
Fri, 02/12/2021 - 04:06 AM
Thank you for sharing your testimony of faith, today me and my husband were in tears asking Mother Mary to call us to Lourdes for a pilgrimage, and later on when I checking my emails I saw this email and heard this testimony from brother Christian which moved me to tears and praise and glory to God, i believe brother Christian that you are healed bodily and more than that you are healed spiritually, And I believe that God has a plan for everyone it is only that we need to listen to God God’s blessings upon you and everyone
Fri, 02/12/2021 - 04:02 PM
We need to share our faith stories as these help others on our faith journey. We say that "Nothing is impossible for God". Let us believe this. For sure Christian had a deep experience of union with God. When we are weak, we are strong in faith. I believe that Christian had a spiritual healing and if he is stil with us to tell of this experience, he must have also experienced a cure. I hope he will continue to share his story as we need to hear and believe!
VR
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 08:48 AM
VR
Inspirational and loving can scarcely begin to give justice to the sharing of Christian’s story! God’s Grace and Blessings are infinite. This miraculous cure has truly moved me to take serious inventory of my life and I am excited as I await His plan for me and my family. Thank you for sharing 🙏
Molly
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 12:05 PM
Molly
Christian, it's hard to find words to describe how inspiring your story is--the ineffable! A kindly smirking young Mary, who knew you.....what a testament to the acceptance, joy, love, and peace that is God. Thank you for sharing what you have been blessed to taste. Thanks be to God!
Maria Amélia Carreira (Franciscan aged Sister)
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 06:04 PM
Maria Amélia Carreira (Franciscan aged Sister)
Thank you for your sharing. My mother's name is Lourdes because she was born in 1905 and my grandparents had a chapel dedicated to our Lady of Lourdes in their own residence. When my mother was thinking about marriage, she told her parents, and declared the same to my father: "Yes, I will get married to you, but only in my Godmother's chapel." They got permission from the Bishop of Leiria and a new much bigger chapel was built in the same area, where my parents' new residence was being built. The new chapel's construction was not yet finished, but they got permission to celebrate the sacrament of Matrimony there. My parents, a few years later, got permission to have the Blessed Sacrament in the new chapel. and they also got permission for the Franciscan Fathers to celebrate Mass there every Sunday. People were really happy. My parents asked the Pastor of the Parish, Caranguejeira, to get a few helpers for the liturgy to be celebrated with dignity. It was easy as that village of Soutos had increased the number of families. We were eight brothers and five sisters. My parents were blessed with three of the boys asking to be Franciscan Friars, and two of the girls asked to enter the Franciscan Sisters. I am one of them. With a doctorate in Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome, I got to fulfill my dream as a missionary Franciscan Hospitaller Sister of the Immaculate Conception; first in Portugal, then in India, two years after with immigrant communities in the USA, and finally in Africa. When I was a student in Rome, on my way to summer vacation in Portugal, traveling by train, I stopped three times in Lourdes for 24 hours. I loved the mysticism of that sacred place by the River.
Noreen
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 04:58 PM
Noreen
I felt that warm hand on my back while praying and I know it was a miracle!
Leena
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 05:03 PM
Leena
Bless you Christian. May God’s grace bring you the peace you so richly deserve. You and your family will be in my prayers.
Nana Ellen
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 05:33 PM
Nana Ellen
What an unexpected pure JOY! Love & Blessings, Dear Patty & Christian & the Franciscan Family. The interconnectedness of his tears and smiles... shall be remembered and so honored... Amen.
Frank Cuda
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 06:04 PM
Frank Cuda
What a beautiful testimony on the healing power and restored hope from the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the healing touch from Our Lady who intercedes for us through her Son. I firmly believe she will present herself to you whenever you ask with an open heart. Thank you Christian.
Ruth
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 06:50 PM
Ruth
Christian, thank you for sharing your experience. It has given me hope and I shall spend time tonight listening to our Mother Mary. It has made me think that perhaps I do not thank God sufficiently for the blessings in my life .I focus on the list of entreaties. Thanks for being so honest Christian and Happy Birthday to Patti.
ray
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 07:14 PM
ray
Thanks Christian for sharing your powerful story
Pat
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 09:51 PM
Pat
What a beautiful witness of faith and healing. God bless you, Christian.
Michele
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 10:13 PM
Michele
God is Good!
Marty
Fri, 02/11/2022 - 10:50 PM
Marty
Happy Birthday. Happy Miracle Day . Good is good.
Mar
Sat, 02/12/2022 - 02:23 AM
Mar
Thank you Brother Christian! Thank you dear God for Brother Christian!
Janice
Sat, 02/12/2022 - 09:10 AM
Janice
This is the second time I listen to Christian’s testimony. Christian was healed of his fear and brokenness and shared his story. I believe God’s asks us all to share our stories of faith to help others. Thank you for this post and I thank God and Mother Mary that I heard it again.
Virginia Sullivan
Sat, 02/12/2022 - 03:34 PM
Virginia Sullivan
This video is such a wonderful blessing. Thank you for sharing.
Faustina
Mon, 02/14/2022 - 02:34 AM
Faustina
When I watch pilgrims in Lourdes, tears roll down my cheeks because the same image of the Lady of Lourdes appeared to me in a dream when I was down mourning my child and showed me how she was cuddling my son under her mantle and told me never cry again for your son he is with me
Janice
Tue, 02/15/2022 - 02:23 PM
Janice
Thank you so much for sharing the story. Christian looks and sounds so peaceful. i will save this story, so powerful.
Loida Ankrom
Sat, 06/11/2022 - 05:33 PM
Loida Ankrom
Christian, you are so precious to the Lord and to the Blessed Mother. You are dearly loved. I thank you for sharing this amazing story of love.

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