The miraculous cure of a baby suffering from serious brain damage after almost drowning has paved the way for the beatification of a Mexican nun on April 21 at the Basilica of Guadalupe.
Pope Benedict XVI recently authorized the decree recognizing the miraculous cure of a 15 month-old baby through the intercession of Mother Maria Ines Teresa Arias of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Francisco Javier Carrilo Guzman was completely healed of brain damage after nearly drowning in a pool in Guadalajara, Mexico, on June 17, 2001.
Doctors had given him little chance of surviving the severe asphyxiation that damaged his brain. The baby's family prayed to Mother Arias, and further examinations by doctors showed that his brain damage had completely disappeared without leaving any scars or neurological side-effects.
Mother Arias, who was born in the Mexican state of Nayarit, founded the Congregation of the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament and the Missionaries of Christ of the Universal Church.
The beatification Mass will be celebrated by the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Angelo Amato.
According to the decree recognizing her heroic virtues signed by Cardinal Amato in 2009, Mother Arias' “path of holiness was centered on her constant search for union with Christ and her devotion to the salvation of souls, characterized by serene joy, kindness and a spirit of prayer.”