A few years ago I prayed to St. Therese of Lisieux to intercede for my father and help him heal from a critical heart situation. Before dying she said "I shall spend my heaven doing good on the earth. After death I shall let fall a shower of roses." That she did, stunning all of us...
About 4 or 5 years ago my father had a heart attack and had to go through a quadruple by-pass surgery. The operation went fine and he was recuperating normally. Several months later his health started to deteriorate and fast. He had no energy to do anything. He would walk for a small distance and had to sit down. Tests showed that he again had blockage in his heart. Because of his diabetes he doesn't heal fast and veins tend to close overtime and create blockage. He went to some of the best doctors in Puerto Rico and they said there was no hope. The blockage was in a place that they just could not get to, particularly after the effects of the last surgery. He had to live with this debilitating condition which was just going to get worse over time. Then a doctor referred him to National Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., one of the best cardiac hospitals, "just in case." He had to undergo a number of complicated tests, to include some type of "internal movie of the heart" (sorry, I don't know all the technical terms). This was submitted to see if the surgeons at Washington Central would "take the chance" with him. The answer came back..., it was a difficult case, but they were going to try...
Days before we all went to D.C. I happened to be at the Little Flower Church, named after St. Therese of Lisieux, for prayer at the perpetual adoration chapel. I knelt and prayed to St. Therese to please intercede and help my father with this critical and "chancy" operation. The next day in the middle of the day I felt the urge to research St. Therese since I did not know much about her. My search eventually led me to a story of one of her miracles that was confirmed for a little girl at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. "What a coincidence, I thought, in Washington!" We drove to DC, and after picking up my parents at the airport and getting lost for sometime, we got to the hospital late at night. I opened the curtains of my father's room. What did I see across the road, but the Basilica, illuminated in all its beauty! Can you believe it! The next day, Sunday, we went there for mass. It was one of the most beautiful and spirit filled masses of my life. All of us were crying, moved by the spirit. After mass (there most have been 1,000 people there!) my mother says "let's see if the priest prays for my Papo." I complain because there was no way we would be able to get to the priest. Lo and behold, he walks by at that time, my mother asks him to pray and he and all of us put our hands over my dad and the priest says the most beautiful prayer... in Spanish! (our main language).
The next day is the surgery. The surgeon wants to study the heart movie before operating. They can find the snapshots, but not the tape itself, so they decide to take it again even though they had started the preparations for him. Four or so hours later they bring us to the room where my father is recuperating. He looks amazingly well. The doctor comes in to tell us how it went. We were stunned when he tells us that he did not operate. The new movie showed his heart was perfect. He showed us the printouts from before and of that morning. He said his heart was as healthy as that of a 40 year old. We asked how this could be possible. The doctor looked up to heaven and pointed up with his finger, insinuating Divine intervention. We went straight to the hospital chapel to give thanks.
The next day my father felt so good that we spent the entire day walking all over DC looking at the museums, the mall, monuments, etc. He was and still is strong.
Thanks St. Therese! Thanks loving Father! By the way, this Basilica is awesome!
This blog has many great quotes from St. Therese. This blog has a nice novena for the Little Flower. Good info from A Catholic Life. This from The Office of Readings via Annunciations. Also, more links from the Curt Jester.