'Miracle' boy and other graces


Priests for Life


During the beatification ceremony, a healthy, 5-year-old boy named Sebastian, dressed in a suit and tie and accompanied by his mother and father, joined in the presentation of the relic of Blessed Stanislaus. Sebastian was at the center of a miracle approved by the Vatican last year that cleared the path for Blessed Stanislaus's beatification.

While in his mother's womb, the boy was declared dead by doctors in his hometown of Elk, in northern Poland. It was Zbigniew Chojnowski, the cousin and godfather of Sebastian's mother, who sought the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus. Zbigniew's prayers were answered when, on April 4, 2001 - on the eighth day of his novena to Blessed Stanislaus - the fetus regained a heartbeat.

"This event was immediately judged to have come about beyond the powers of nature," stated the decree concerning the miracle, which Pope Benedict XVI authorized on Dec. 16, 2006. Sebastian was born, without complications, on Oct. 17, 2001.

In Poland, where the beatification was televised nationally, the miracle came as no surprise. Since his days as a preacher, the Founder of the Marians has been viewed as a "saint" in his native land. And the miracle came as no surprise to the countless number of Marian Helpers worldwide who have reported receiving graces through the intercession of Blessed Stanislaus. Such graces have included, among others things, physical and spiritual healings, and assistance in family and work-related crises.

"I have often been moved to tears when reading the letters I receive from people reporting all kinds of graces, big and small, through the intercession of Father Founder," said Br. Andrew, who, with Fr. Victor Gumienny, MIC, a classmate of his in the novitiate, presented the relic of Blessed Stanislaus during the beatification. "When, several years ago, we began encouraging people, through Marian Helper magazine, to seek Father Founder's intercession, God worked immediately. The readers of our magazine immediately started seeking his intercession and immediately began receiving graces. The letters started pouring in."

Taken from the website of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception - http://www.marian.org/