On Sunday September 1st Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam announced at Knock shrine that the church has given formal recognition to a miraculous cure that took place at the shrine in 1989.
Marion Carroll, a pilgrim on the Diocesan Pilgrimage from Ardagh and Clonmacnoise was brought to the shrine on a stretcher in 1989 suffering from the early stages of a condition thought to be Multiple Sclerosis.
Marion said she pleaded with Mary for healing, and immediately her symptoms ceased. She later wrote about her experience in the book, I Was Cured at Knock.
Archbishop Neary said:
“Thirty years ago, on the occasion of this pilgrimage, Marion was healed here at Our Lady’s Shrine. Today the Church formally acknowledges that this healing does not admit of any medical explanation and joins in prayer, praise and thanksgiving to God.”
The head of the Medical Bureau at the Knock shrine, Dr. Diarmuid Murray, said that it took 30 years to determine that there was no medical explanation for the cure because a formal diagnosis of her condition had not been made. Caution is always exercised before a judgment is made in these cases.
Knock is just two and a half hours drive from Lucan and the refurbished Basilica is well worth a visit. The confessional chapel offers opportunity for the Sacrament of reconciliation for several hours each day. (11.00 am to 4.00 pm in the winter season.)
Unlike other Marian apparitions, no words were spoken in Knock, there was no spoken message. There was just the vision of Mary, St. John the Evangelist, and St. Joseph, with the Lamb of God on the Altar.
This scene is beautifully represented in the apparition chapel and in the beautiful mosaic (pictured left) where you can spend a few quiets moments in prayer.
At the time of the apparition, Ireland was recovering from the famine of some thirty years earlier when almost a million people had died from starvation and disease, it was a visitation that brought much hope and consolation, and still does. Why not make a visit for yourself?
St. Mary’s Lucan.