Two more miracles attributed to Calungsod
CEBU CITY, Philippines – As the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod approaches, more miracles are now being attributed to his intercession in Cebu.
Two school teachers have claimed that Calungsod interceded for them in their time of need. The Catholic Church, however, has not verified the supposed miracles.
In 2011, Rosita Roma of Toledo City prayed for the intercession of Calungsod to save her newborn grandson, Aeron Miguel.
The infant was diagnosed upon birth with neonatal pneumonia which is caused by bacteria that infects newborns.
Roma attended mass every day and prayed before the image of Calungsod hoping for a miracle to happen.
After 15 days of intense supplications, Miguel was out from the Intensive Care Unit and started the road to recovery. He was later discharged.
Miguel’s mother, Belee, 34, a school teacher, said her son was kept alive by machines.
She said she was already in the brink of losing hope when the miracle her mother-in-law, Roma, was praying, arrived and saved her son.
Since then, Roma would bring her grandson everyday before the image of the martyr at the parish church in Barangay Cantabaco to fulfill her promise of dedicating her life to prayer.
Meanwhile, school teacher Peter Rago of Cebu City, shares the same miraculous experience with the Roma’s.
Four years ago, Rago’s 7-year-old daughter, Angela, was diagnosed with Grade II dengue hemorrhagic fever.
At first, they were lucky to get enough blood from a generous donor, but the dengue progressed and they needed more.
Doctors even advised Rago to call a priest to administer last communion because his daughter would not survive without another donor.
He then heeded the doctor’s advice and visited Fr. Domingo Tapic of Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish.
Inside the church convent, Rago saw Calungsod’s picture and asked if he could bring it with him to his daughter.
While Fr. Tapic prayed over Angela, her father placed the picture of Calungsod on her head and prayed as well.
After the prayer, Rago surprisingly found a blood donor who eventually saved his daughter's life.
“God tested my faith. When I brought with me the image of Calungsod, my daughters platelets suddenly increased though she was already frail,” he said in a report.
When Angela, now aged 12 fully recovered, Rago vowed to dedicate his life to church as lector.
The Catholic Church, however, has been cautious in confirming miracles. Verifying miracles is a tedious process that can take years, and is supervised by both doctors and priests. – Ryan Christopher J Sorote/Rappler.com
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