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AMERICA. (1884, January 5). Advocate (Melbourne, Vic. : 1868 - 1954), p. 17. Retrieved June 19, 2015, from




OMPSsmallA Boston (U.S.A.) paper says :— Another wonderful cure has been effected at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston Highlands, through the medium of prayer to the Blessed Virgin. Miss Lizzie Cronin, of No. 103 Bendington-street, East Boston, while enjoying a sleigh ride in the winter of 1880-81, had her spine injured by being thrown from the sleigh, and later on her injuries developed into an incurable case of inflammation of the spine.


On 21st February, 1882, she was admitted to the City Hospital, where she stayed for six months, being all the time confined to her bed, under the influence of morphine. She was discharged from the hospital on 29th July in the same year, without being in the least relieved, although the physicians had done all in their power to aid her; and all the time since she has been enduring terrible torture, and was perfectly helpless, her limbs being paralysed.

Upon hearing of the miraculous cure of Miss Hanley at the Mission Church recently, she expressed herself as confident of a cure, if her mother would take her to the church, and, by the advice of the fathers, who sent her at the same time a prayer and a phial of the waters of Lourdes, she offered up a novena to Our Lady. She began the novena on 23rd August, and on the third morning she stood upon her feet with only slight assistance from her brother. On the ninth morning Father Ryan, her pastor, administered Communion to her, on which occasion she seemed so much improved that Father Ryan said he believed she would once more be able to walk. She then began another novena, and on Saturday last, that being the ninth day, she walked downstairs to her breakfast for the first time in two years. The next morning she went out to walk, without any assistance whatever. All pain had subsided, and she is gaining rapidly in strength, no sign of a return of her malady having presented itself. 


Her remarkable story is borne out by the testimony of her many friends who have watched her sufferings through the past two years, and who are  universal in their expressions of joy at her restoration to health.

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