I don’t know if any of you non Catholics can know or relate, or even any of you Catholics in this day and age. But supposedly every now and then, there comes along a person in the RC church who is a living saint. St. Anthony of Padua was supposedly such a person. And so was St. Benedict, just for perspect. (I’ll file this under testifying, which is why I put it in GD.)
Seriously. Miracles waited on his [i.e., Fr. Solanus’] very word. He was technically the humble doorman at St. Bonaventures at 1780 Mt. Elliot in Detroit (where the tomb is found today BTM). He’d pray over people and they’d report an immediate cure, sometimes. I had an uncle who had a potentially fatal infection of his mastoids when he was still an infant. At the very least the doctors of the time said he’d be deaf, blind and severely developmentally handicapped the rest of his life. Fr. Solanus prayed over him, and he made a full recovery! (He later went on to abuse his adopted son. But Fr. Solanus didn’t know that at the time.) And when he [my uncle] died in 2006, you’d say he was the picture of health. (BTW, not that it matters, but my uncle married my mother’s sister. No direct relationship to me .)
There are numerous stories. Here is his website and here is his Wikipedia article, if you’re interested. If you’re ever ill or in distress, and you’re in Detroit, go to his now-enshrined tomb. I did once at a dark point in my life. And now I’m much better!
Anyway, there is more. Fr. Solanus is not a saint yet. I think he’s only been beatified. You know, the United States has so few saints that it can call its own. And Detroit has none. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful bonus for Detroit, to have for the first time its own saint? And think of all the pilgrims it would bring here. It would be great.
I would send our present Pope a letter, if I could. He seems nice and reasonable. But the Vatican no longer has a website or email address.
Also, it’s been a long time. But I still have to ask: does anyone else have any personal stories about Bl. Solanus Casey?
Thank you in advance for your kindly and civil replies .