Blessed Mariam Thresia on the path to sainthood

Born to Anna and Thoma of the Mankidiyan family of Puthenchira, Blessed Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, known as Mariam Thresia was beatified on April 9, 2000 by St. John Paul II.

Christopher, son of Joshy and Shiby from Kanavamkode, was born with underdeveloped lungs and fatal heart conditions. The family prayed ardently before the holy remains of Blessed Mariam Thresia, hoping for their son's recovery.

Though Christopher outlived the medical conditions, he still had difficulty to speak. His condition bettered owing to the intercession of Blessed Mariam Thresia, his family strongly believes.

Bl. Mariam Thresia, the founder of Holy Family congregation of nuns in Kerala, experienced stigmata like the St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. She who obtained mystical abilities like “prophecy, healing, aura of light, sweet odour”, had frequent ecstasies and levitations like the St. Teresa of Avila.

The miraculous healing of the little Christopher is seen as step to further the proceedings to lead Bl. Mariam Thresia to sainthood. An expert team in Vatican has duly approved the miracle.

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