THE amazing recovery of five-year-old Sophie Delezio from a second serious traffic accident in less than three years is unlikely to be the miracle needed for the canonisation of Blessed Mary MacKillop.
The vice-postulator of Blessed Mary MacKillop’s canonisation cause, Josephite Sister Maria Casey, said the Sydney schoolgirl’s recovery from two major accidents was “miraculous”, but her recovery was still ongoing.
The family believed the power of prayer, particularly to Blessed Mary MacKillop, led to Sophie’s recovery after her close encounter with death on the first occasion in December 2003. They also prayed to the future saint after the accident in May.
Sr Casey said Sophie’s parents, Ron and Carolyn, publicly attributed to the intercession of Mary MacKillop the fact their little girl was still alive and able to attend school.
But she said Sophie was “not in the frame” to assist with the canonisation process.
She said the criteria doctors used in Australia to authenticate a miracle was “very, very strict”.
She said, along with her colleagues, she continued to peruse all the reports of cures to determine if there were any that could meet the criteria for a miracle.
Sr Casey said, on a recent trip to Rome, she visited the Congregation for Saints’ Causes where the need for another miracle was reiterated before the canonisation process could proceed.
Meanwhile, at Mary MacKillop Place, North Sydney, the shrine where the mortal remains of Blessed Mary MacKillop rest, the Sisters of St Joseph and other staff are preparing to celebrate her August 8 feast day.
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