Maria: Faith in Mary of Mother Eusebia

One day in 1908, a poor woman of Stroppiana Vercellese, mother of seven children, appeared. The youngest was hydrocephalic. She, having no means to treat the boy, begged that we, sisters, would accept him to our house. At that time there was no vacancy. We asked her to have a bit of patience and she returned to her home.

On that same day, Sister Novella came from Biella. As soon as she arrived she went to bed: she had high fever. We called Dr. Prestinari. He examined her and said he could not diagnose her.

We understood that the sister's condition was serious. He asked us not to leave her by herself and only to have ice in her mouth. We were all upset.

The following day the doctor came back and stated: “Unfortunately the sister has cancer in her mouth and can not be operated.” She would die soon. He also asked us to tell her relatives because the sister would not live past that day. Then, I said: “Couldn't the Virgin Mary do a miracle?” The Doctor said he would be happy if this happened. And he left.

While I was trying to communicate with relatives, portress sister came to say that the woman with the hydrocephalic child was back.

Then I thought to myself: “I will prove the Virgin Mary!” I went down to the image of the Virgin and said: “My heavenly Mother, you know how much sorrow and pain I have in my poor heart. Yes, it is true that I deserve nothing, but you said that anything we asked for, You would listen!”

I went to the door, while I continued to pray: “My Mother from heaven, Thou shalt grant me the grace to heal Sister Novella, because she must care for the sick boy. I implore, thou hast to heal him.”

It seemed to me that the Virgin had said yes and I went to the entrance door. Right at the moment I took the child in my arms, Sister Novella began to sing: “I'm healed.” Everybody ran there. “I'm healed. The Virgin Mary healed me,” the Sister repeated. The other sisters happily came to meet me saying: “Mother, you do not worry anymore, Sister Novella is healed.”

She knew nothing about me. With the child in my arms I went up the image of the Virgin to thank her for the miracle.

So the sister could take care of the child and so many other patients.

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