My Unexpected Miracle Healing (Part 1)

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Do you believe in miraculous healings? Have you known someone who has been healed because of prayer? Have you experienced it?

Like many people today, I thought that miraculous healings only happened to people in the time of Jesus. I didn’t put much stock in such healings happening today. In addition, I didn’t realize how shallow my perception of healing was.

I was the classic skeptic. Now, humbly, I would now like to share my own story of healing from God, a healing I consider miraculous.

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Some of you may know that I was a professional singer and songwriter, focusing on songs about my faith. For many years I recorded CDs and appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. I was blessed with the opportunity to perform at World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto. I served for thirty-seven years in various capacities of music ministry in my home parish.

I poured my heart and soul into my music. Only my faith and my family meant more.

Four years ago, only a few months after my mother died I noticed that my voice was becoming weak. It always seemed to fail when I was performing in front of a crowd. Sometimes the clear, strong sound I was accustomed to would sail out of my throat; at other times this weak and wobbly noise would come out instead. I never knew when it would happen and I cringed at the sound of it.

My voice had been rock-solid; now it was erratic. Once totally at home in front of people, I became terrified of singing in public.

I had to put a halt to my music career. I stopped doing live performances and resigned from music ministry at my parish. It was a difficult loss to accept and the grieving process was not unlike mourning the death of my mother.

Four years later I can claim a healing. It was completely unexpected and not something I asked for.

The altar at Holy Family Parish where I had my throat blessed.

The altar at Holy Family Parish in Worcester, MA where I had my throat blessed.

It began with having my throat blessed by the priest after mass in honor of the feast of St. Blaise. St. Blaise is the patron saint of ailments of the throat; legend has it that he cured a boy who got a fishbone caught in his throat. The priest takes two candles crossed together and places them on the throat while reciting a short prayer.

The line was long since the priest did the blessings by himself. It gave me time to reflect. Did I want a healing? Did I believe I could be healed? I nearly stepped out of line but something told me to stay. After my throat was blessed I left the church in tears.

I had no idea what would come of it. It turned out to be far more than I ever expected.

Consider this scripture where Jesus says “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (NIV).

Consider too the story of the handful of loaves and fishes feeding five thousand from Matthew 14:13-21.

These two scripture passages set the stage for the healing I was about to receive because, on an impulse, I left myself open to God.

Stay tuned for part two, coming up one week from today.

Copyright 2014, Susan Bailey

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About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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  1. The power of saints to intercede in our lives is so amazing! I am looking forward to reading the rest of your story. I don’t think I will ever be officially cured of my migraines because I believe the suffering comes from God (and I accept that). However, when one is seriously interfering with my day, I welcome the intercession of St. Gemma Galgani, and I think my humbling of myself to ask for help is something that pleases God. All theory, because no one knows God’s amazing design, but I believe that God knows me well enough to decide what is best for me. God bless you!

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