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Woman healed by John Paul II’s intercession recounts miracle

Rome, Italy, Apr 25, 2014 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Floribeth Mora Diaz, the Costa Rican woman whose healing through the intercession of Bl. John Paul II paved the way for his canonization Sunday, describes the incident as being a rebirth.

“That was the day I was born again: May 1, 2011,” Mora told CNA April 24.

In April 2011, Mora had been diagnosed with a serious brain aneurism and been given a month to live.

Mora explained that “once I became ill, I began to carry an image of John Paul II in my hand; I believed in his intercession,” adding that she asked “for his intercession constantly, that he might help me.”

The wife and mother recalled that her admiration for the Polish Pope began when he visited Costa Rica in 1983.

“He was a man completely full of holiness — that struck me about him. I suppose that’s why my admiration grew and so I followed him and asked his intercession.”

Thus, she said, she prayed to the future saint in a personal way.

Mora’s husband, Edwin Arce, said it was not difficult for their family to believe Floribeth’s cure was the result of miraculous intercession.

“When I began to see improvement in her, we were sure it was a miracle … we saw that there was the hand of God.”

He recounted the challenge of his wife’s infirmity, saying that “in the hospital, when I was in desperation, begging God … I was saying, ‘God, help me, Karol Wojtyla, intercede before God, help me through this, I cannot do this’, and I heard a voice saying ‘take her’, but I did not want her to leave the hospital … and when the voice said again ‘take her, be not afraid’ … it was God, it was John Paul II.”

Arce said that once they had returned home, Floribeth said “my love, I want to tell you something, but maybe you’ll think I’m crazy.”

Reassuringly, however, Edwin responded, “no, my love, be calm, tell me.”

He said that “when she began telling me, I got chills and said, ‘my love, be calm; if you’re crazy, I am crazy, because I too heard these words in the hospital.’”

Mariano Ramirez Carbajal, the doctor assigned by the Costa Rican archdiocese as a medical expert in Mora’s case, said that “her medical history, her clinical documents and images, were true … I have never seen an aneurism disappear spontaneously. This is the first time I have seen an aneurism disappear.”

Fernando Sanchez Campos, the Costa Rican ambassador to the Holy See, said that many of his countrymen had come to Rome for the canonization of John Paul II and John XXIII, and that the occasion is, for Central America, “a great national party.”

“The people are living with a kind of privilege and recognition of their faith. The Costa Rican people, they are a very pious people.”

Woman healed by John Paul II visits Mexico’s Guadalupe shrine

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 25, 2013 / 01:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Costa Rican woman healed of a brain aneurism by the intercession of John Paul II visited Mexico City to pray before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, giving thanks for a second chance at life with her family.

According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City’s news service, Floribeth Mora Diaz was invited to attend a Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of  Guadalupe on Oct. 22, feast day of Blessed John Paul II, and to share the testimony of her miraculous healing, which paved the way for his canonization, scheduled for April 27 of next year.

Accompanied  by her husband Edwin Arce and two of her daughters for the more than 1,300 mile trip, the 50 year-old Mora was visibly moved as she prayed before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and toured the shrine.

“For me it is an honor to be in Mexico,” Floribeth said. “I am very thankful to God for the privilege of being near Our Lady of Guadalupe. I bring so many petitions with me from country, which is very devoted to her.”

“During Mass now I spoke to her in silence to ask that she hear the prayers that I bring in my heart from each sick person, from each person who needs her intercession in my country.”

The story of her healing began in April, 2011, when she was diagnosed with a serious brain aneurism and given a month to live.

“It was something horrible to see my children and my family suffer, and I was suffering because I was not going to see them. Even though I have always had faith in God, the human side of me was afraid of death.”

That faith led her to cling to John Paul II, whom she called “my saint.” 

“You are so close to the Lord, tell him not to let me die,” she told the late Pope.

Her prayers were heard on May 2, 2011, a day after the Roman Pontiff’s beatification; Mora had been able to follow the ceremony on television. 

“The next day was the most wonderful day of my life,” she explained, “when I heard that voice in my room that said to me, ‘Get up, be not afraid’.” 

It was then that her recovery began.

When the doctors confirmed that she had been healed, Mora decided to share what had happened and to write down her testimony. Weeks later she contacted the Vatican and underwent further evaluations in Costa Rica and Rome to verify her miraculous recovery.

Mora says sharing her testimony has become her “number one priority” in life.  In Costa Rica, she visits the sick, speaks at parishes, and goes wherever she is invited to share her story.

“Everything that I do now is for the glory of the Lord,” she reflected.

“I am an instrument that he used to do his work, but nothing that happened to me would have occurred if my family did not have faith. We need to have a lot of faith, because a life without God is no life at all.”

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