Exciting news: Pope Benedict has approved the heroic virtues of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, declaring him Venerable, and bringing him one step closer to beatification. Now that the mighty Sheen has been declared Venerable the next step is for an alleged miracle to be submitted for review by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. If it is declared a true miracle then Sheen will be beatified. You can read more at Catholic News Service.
For those who may not know, almost two years ago my son James Fulton was delivered a stillborn due to a tightly tied true knot in his umbilical cord. After being without a pulse for over an hour, James came back to life. It was believed that James would die or be severely disabled because of how long his body had been without oxygen. Instead he’s currently playing with his older siblings. During that hour that he was pulseless my husband and I asked for Archbishop Sheen’s intercession and we believe that James was brought back to life and healed by Jesus Christ because of Sheen’s powerful prayers. My son’s story was investigated by a tribunal and may be the alleged miracle submitted for Sheen’s beatification.
I’m sure you can imagine that we are super, way over the top, let’s have a drink to celebrate EXCITED!
You can learn more about what happened to James Fulton here.
You can learn more about Archbishop Sheen and his cause for canonization here.
*UPDATE: James’ alleged miraculous healing will be submitted for Venerable Fulton Sheen’s beatification!
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.ignitumtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/BEngstrom-e1314017018199.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Bonnie Engstrom is a cradle Catholic and stay-at-home mom. She married her dashing husband in 2006 and they now have four children: one in Heaven and three wandering around their house, probably eating pretzels found under the couch. Bonnie lives in central Illinois and gets excited about baking, music, film adaptations of Jane Austen books, and the Chicago Bears. She is the Assistant Director for Behold: A Catholic Conference on the Dignity and Vocation of Women and she blogs at Learning to be a Newlywed.[/author_info] [/author]