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Coâ Melissa Villalobos, 42 tuoåi, cö nguï taïi Chicago, laø ngöôøi ñaõ nhaän ñöôïc pheùp laï.
Vatican (VietCatholic News 09-07-2019) - Luùc 10 giôø saùng thöù Hai 01 thaùng Baåy naêm 2019, trong buoåi ñoïc kinh giôø Ba, Ñöùc Thaùnh Cha Phanxicoâ ñaõ chuû söï Coâng nghò Hoàng Y taïi saûnh ñöôøng Clementine trong dinh Toâng Toøa veà vieäc tuyeân thaùnh cho caùc Chaân Phöôùc.
Noåi baät laø Chaân Phöôùc John Henry Newman, Hoàng Y cuûa Giaùo Hoäi Coâng Giaùo, ñaáng saùng laäp doøng thuyeát giaûng thaùnh Philipheâ Neri taïi Anh.
Vieäc tuyeân thaùnh cho Chaân Phöôùc John Henry Newman ñaõ dieãn ra sau khi Toøa Thaùnh chính thöùc nhìn nhaän moät pheùp laï do lôøi caàu baàu cuûa thaùnh nhaân.
Pheùp laï ñöôïc coâng nhaän lieân quan ñeán moät phuï nöõ treû ñaõ toát nghieäp Ñaïi Hoïc Luaät Khoa taïi Chicago vaø vöøa keát hoân trong moät cuoäc hoân nhaân thaät myõ maõn vôùi ngöôøi maø coâ raát thöông meán. Tröôùc vieãn aûnh cuûa moät söï nghieäp töôi saùng, vaø moät maùi gia ñình haïnh phuùc, naêm 2013, coâ rôi vaøo moät tình caûnh ñaùng aâu lo khi baùc só baùo cho coâ bieát caùi thai cuûa coâ coù vaán ñeà raát nghieâm troïng ñeán tính maïng.
Coâ Melissa Villalobos, 42 tuoåi, cö nguï taïi Chicago, laø ngöôøi ñaõ nhaän ñöôïc pheùp laï naøy.
Trong tuaàn qua, coâ ñaõ leân tieáng treân tôø Chicago Catholic veà pheùp laï kyø dieäu vöøa neâu. Baøi vieát cuûa coâ, vaø caùc cuoäc phoûng vaán treân truyeàn hình ñaõ laäp töùc thu huùt söï chuù yù raát lôùn taïi Hoa Kyø vaø treân theá giôùi.
Villalobos cho bieát: "Vaøo naêm 2011, choàng toâi ñaõ mang veà nhaø moät vaøi taám hình Ñöùc Hoàng Y Newman. Toâi ñaët moät caùi trong phoøng gia ñình vaø moät caùi trong phoøng nguû chính cuûa chuùng toâi."
"Toâi thöôøng mang nhöõng hình aûnh naøy ñi khaép moïi nôi trong nhaø vaø thaàm thì thöa vôùi ngaøi veà nhu caàu cuûa gia ñình chuùng toâi - nhöõng ñöùa treû, choàng toâi, chính toâi. Daàn daø, toâi phaùt trieån thaønh moät thoùi quen ñoái thoaïi raát thöôøng xuyeân vôùi ngaøi," Villalobos, baø meï treû nhöng ñaõ coù baûy ñöùa con, noùi.
Nhöõng lôøi caàu nguyeän cuûa coâ ñaõ coù moät keát quaû kyø dieäu vaøo naêm 2013 khi coâ baét ñaàu chaûy maùu trong ba thaùng ñaàu cuûa thai kyø. Vaøo thôøi ñieåm ñoù, coâ coù boán ñöùa con - 6 tuoåi, 5, 3 vaø 1 - vaø moät laàn mang thai tröôùc ñoù ñaõ keát thuùc vì saûy thai.
"Khi toâi ñi khaùm baùc só, keát quaû sieâu aâm cho thaáy nhau thai ñaõ bò taùch ra moät phaàn töø thaønh töû cung, vì vaäy coù moät loã thuûng cuûa nhau thai vaø maùu thoaùt ra ngoaøi töø ñoù," coâ noùi.
Villalobos cuõng bò moät khoái maùu tuï trong töû cung. Ñoù laø cuïc maùu ñoâng to gaáp hai laàn röôõi em beù.
Ngaøy 10 thaùng 5 naêm 2013, coâ bò xuaát huyeát naëng phaûi ñöa ñeán beänh vieän caáp cöùu. Sau khi qua côn nguy hieåm, caùc baùc só khuyeân coâ neân phaù thai vì mang thai trong hoaøn caûnh nhö theá quaù nguy hieåm ñeán tính maïng. Caùc baùc só cuõng caûnh caùo raèng coâ coù nhieàu khaû naêng saûy thai vaø neáu chaùu beù coù theå chaøo ñôøi, noù seõ laø ñöùa beù sinh non.
Laø ngöôøi Coâng Giaùo, Villalobos noùi vôùi caùc baùc só thaø cheát nhaát ñònh khoâng phaù thai. Khoâng thuyeát phuïc ñöôïc coâ phaù thai, hoï khuyeân coâ naèm nghæ ngôi nhieàu ngaøy taïi beänh vieän ñeå ñeà phoøng caùc bieán chöùng. Coâ cuõng töø choái ñeà nghò naøy vì choàng coâ phaûi ñi coâng taùc taïi Atlanta, khoâng coù ai chaêm soùc cho caùc chaùu nhoû ôû nhaø neáu coâ naèm nghæ laâu taïi beänh vieän.
Hai ngaøy sau khi töø beänh vieän veà nhaø, khi choàng coâ ñang treân maùy bay ñi Atlanta, Villalobos thöùc giaác thaáy mình ñang naèm treân moät vuõng maùu. Coâ ñaõ ñònh goïi 911 ñeå keâu xe cöùu thöông nhöng chaàn chöø vì khoâng bieát ai coù theå chaêm soùc cho caùc chaùu nhoû neáu coâ vaøo nhaø thöông. Coâ raùn leát vaøo trong phoøng taém nhöng ngaõ quî xuoáng saøn nhaø.
Coâ muoán heùt leân caàu cöùu nhöng e raèng caùc chaùu khoâng theå nghe tieáng coâ vì coâ ñang ôû treân laàu vaø caùc chaùu ñang ôû döôùi nhaø.
Coâ hy voïng moät trong nhöõng ñöùa con cuûa mình seõ lang thang leân laàu ñeå coâ coù theå caàu cöùu, nhöng chaúng coù ñöùa naøo böôùc leân.
Coâ lo mình seõ maát ñi ñöùa con chöa chaøo ñôøi, vaø töï hoûi lieäu coâ coù cheát khoâng. Trong luùc boái roái ñoù, Villalobos ñaõ thoát leân lôøi caàu nguyeän ñònh meänh cuûa mình.
Villalobos noùi: "Xin Ñöùc Hoàng Y Newman, cöùu con. Xin laøm cho maùu ngöøng chaûy. Ñoù laø chính xaùc nhöõng lôøi caàu nguyeän cuûa toâi vaøo thôøi khaéc ñoù. Ngay sau ñoù, ngay khi toâi noùi xong caâu ñoù, maùu ñaõ ngöøng chaûy."
"Ngay luùc ñoù, muøi höông cuûa hoa hoàng traøn ngaäp phoøng taém," Villobos noùi. "Muøi höông maïnh nhaát cuûa hoa hoàng toâi ñaõ töøng ngöûi thaáy ñaõ kích thích vaø toâi caûm thaáy coù ñuû söùc löïc ñöùng daäy. Khi nhaän ra khoâng coøn chaûy maùu nöõa, toâi noùi 'Caûm ôn, Ñöùc Hoàng Y Newman. Caûm ôn ngaøi'".
Caùc baùc só ñang ñieàu trò cho coâ nhaän thaáy coâ hoaøn toaøn hoài phuïc vaø baùo caùo raèng hoï khoâng coù lôøi giaûi thích naøo veà maët y khoa tröôùc söï phuïc hoài ñoät ngoät vaø kyø dieäu cuûa coâ.
Beù Gemma chaøo ñôøi ngaøy 27 thaùng 12 naêm 2013, sau khi mang thai ñaày ñuû, naëng 3.64kg. Caû meï laãn con ñeàu hoaøn toaøn khoeû maïnh.
Caùc vieân chöùc töø Toång giaùo phaän Chicago ñaõ ñieàu tra nghieâm ngaët nhöõng lôøi khai cuûa Villalobos vaø trình leân Toøa Thaùnh. Hoäi Ñoàng Y Khoa cuûa Boä Tuyeân Thaùnh ñaõ cöùu xeùt tröôøng hôïp naøy trong gaàn 5 naêm.
Thaùng 12 naêm 2108, Toång Giaùo Phaän Chicago vaø Boä Tuyeân Thaùnh ñaõ coâng nhaän ñaây laø moät pheùp laï do lôøi caàu baàu cuûa Chaân Phöôùc Hoàng Y John Henry Newman. Bieán coá naøy doïn ñöôøng cho vieäc tuyeân thaùnh daønh cho ngaøi nhö vöøa xaûy ra trong Coâng Nghò ngaøy 1 thaùng Baåy naêm 2019.
(Source: Chicago Catholic Local woman's cure leads to Cardinal Newman canonization)
Local woman's cure leads to Cardinal Newman canonization
By Joyce Duriga | Editor
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Pope Francis announced July 1 that he will declare Blessed John Henry Newman, the 19th-century British cardinal, a saint Oct. 13. The cure of a local woman was the second miracle needed for canonization.
Melissa Villalobos, 42, became interested in Cardinal Newman in 2000 after watching the EWTN show "Newman 2000" that featured scholars and priests talking about the great work and legacy of Cardinal Newman. Her devotion to him began a few years later.
"Fast forward to the year 2011, my husband brought home a couple of holy cards with Cardinal Newman's picture on them. I put one in the family room and one in our master bedroom," said the mother of seven who lives in the Chicago suburbs.
Even though he lived in the 1800s, Cardinal Newman looked like someone who could be alive today, she said, and she was drawn to his image.
"I would pass his picture in the house and I would say little prayers to him for whatever our family's needs were at the time - the children, my husband, myself. I really started to develop a very constant dialogue with him," Villalobos said.
Her prayers had a miraculous result in 2013. That was when the Northwestern University law school graduate started bleeding during a pregnancy. At the time she had four children - ages 6, 5, 3 and 1 - and a previous pregnancy that ended in miscarriage.
"I started bleeding in my pregnancy and I was losing a lot of blood," she said. "When I went to the doctor, he did an ultrasound and he said the placenta had become partially detached from the uterine wall, so there was a hole in the placenta and that hole was allowing blood to escape."
Villalobos also developed a sub-chorionic hematoma, which is a blood clot in the fetal membrane. It was two and a half times the size of the baby.
Since the pregnancy was only in the first trimester and the baby - who would later be born a girl and named Gemma - was still growing, the doctors could only recommend bed rest.
"There was no medicine or procedure we could do to seal this up," Villalobos said. "I was definitely nervous about even a sneeze coming out of the blue, which could end the pregnancy and the life of my unborn child."
This happened in May and the baby wasn't due until January.
On Friday, May 10, 2013, Villalobos went to the emergency room because the bleeding worsened.
Again, the doctor recommended strict bed rest.
"He said, 'I want you to do as little as possible, just lay in bed, for the duration of the pregnancy, so that possibly you can begin to heal,'" Villalobos said. "This news, of course, was given to us with a heavy heart because the doctor knew I had four children, my husband had to work and the thought that I could lay in bed from May 10 to Jan. 1 and do virtually nothing was not possible."
The doctor also told the couple that a miscarriage was likely. If the baby survived the pregnancy she would likely be born prematurely because she would be small.
So Melissa went home and spent the weekend in bed, but that didn't help.
"The bleeding was still going. It wasn't slowing down. I thought, 'Gosh, how much more still can I be? What else can I do?'" Villalobos recalled.
Added to the stress was the fact that Villalobos' husband, David, had to go back to work on Monday and to leave for an upcoming mandatory business trip out of town on Wednesday. The couple worried what they would do if Villalobos had to be in bed for months, especially given David's demanding work schedule.
They got through the next few days and in the early hours of May 15, David left on his business trip.
"Wednesday morning I woke up in bed in a pool of blood. My husband was already in an airplane on his way to Atlanta," Villalobos said.
She put off calling 911 because she didn't know who would care for the kids if she was taken in an ambulance to the hospital.
"I knew in my heart I didn't have a lot of options here but I was going to try my best," she said.
She put together simple breakfasts for the children, wanting to them to start eating so she could then lie down in private. She asked them, firmly, not to get out of their chairs no matter what.
"My fear was that they would get out of their seats and get hurt and I was in no position to administer care. Or that they would sneak up on me and see me bleeding so profusely and I didn't want to traumatize them," Villalobos said.
She went upstairs to her bedroom, entered the bathroom and shut the doors to both rooms, hoping to hear the children coming so she could hide the bleeding from them before they saw her.
"Now the bleeding was really bad because I had just gone up the stairs, which I really shouldn't have done. I kind of collapsed on the bathroom floor out of weakness and desperation."
Villalobos lay there thinking she should now call 911 but she realized she didn't have her cell phone. She also knew the force of yelling for her kids would cause more damage and bleeding.
She was hoping one of her children would wander into her room so she could ask them for her phone to call 911, but that didn't happen. She heard nothing from her children and the silence made her even more worried.
With thoughts of losing her unborn baby, worry for her children downstairs and wondering if she could die, Villalobos uttered her fateful prayer.
"Then I said, 'Please, Cardinal Newman, make the bleeding stop.' Those were my exact words. Just then, as soon as I finished the sentence, the bleeding stopped."
She got off the floor and verified there was no more bleeding and said, "Thank you, Cardinal Newman. Thank you.' Just then the scent of roses filled the bathroom," Villalobos said. "The strongest scent of roses I've ever smelled."
She inhaled deeply for a few seconds.
"Then the smell stopped and I said rhetorically, 'Cardinal Newman, did you just make those roses? Thank you.' And then there was a second burst of roses," Villalobos said. "I knew it was him."
Villalobos said she instinctively knew she and her baby were OK. She hurried downstairs to check on her other children. It was too quiet, so she was expecting they were up to some mischief, but they were still sitting there at the table in their chairs.
"I thought to myself in that moment, 'Oh my goodness! My baby is OK. I'm OK. My four children are OK. We're all OK. And I said, 'Thank you, Cardinal Newman,'" Villalobos said.
That's when she smelled roses a third time. She asked the children if they could smell them, too, but they couldn't.
That afternoon Villalobos' cure was confirmed during a weekly ultrasound. The doctor told her everything was "perfect" and there was no more hole in the placenta.
"I was able to resume my full active life as a mom," she said. "I had missed being a normal mom. I missed holding my children, especially my 1-year-old."
Baby Gemma was born Dec. 27, 2013, after a full pregnancy, weighing 8 pounds 8 ounces. She had no medical problems.
Villalobos waited until after Gemma was born to report the case to the canonization cause for Cardinal Newman. In fall 2014, representatives from Newman's cause visited Chicago and met with Villalobos and her husband.
The cause started the formal process of investigating Villalobos' miracle through the intercession of Cardinal Newman. After the local process for the miracle, which was conducted by officials from the Archdiocese of Chicago, concluded, it was sent to Rome for another series of investigations. The outcome was revealed on Feb. 13, when Pope Francis announced her miracle was accepted and that Cardinal Newman would be canonized.
"It makes me feel filled with joy and gratitude, but I also want to make sure that I serve God as much as I can in my life knowing that he's given me this cure, that I don't want to waste my life. I want to be of service to others and to my children and husband and really express my love for them and for the people in my life as much as I can and as often as I can," she said. "I was cured through Newman's intercession so that I could continue an ordinary life, if you will, but at the same time be completely devoted to him and especially God himself and our church."
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