December 5, 2019

Mathilde Besancon

Mathilde Besancon lived in Grenoble, in southeastern France. In 1854, when she was only 5 years old, she was the victim of a freakish accident. While playing with an older girl, 12 or 13 years old, she was lifted up by her head, in a very forceful manner. Her neck was severely injured and she could no longer hold her own head erect. Several months passed, but the injury continued without improvement.

Her parents decided to travel to the village of Ars, and pray at the shrine to St. Philomena located there. They did, but to no avail. They solicited the prayers of the local pastor, Father (now Saint) John Vianney, and attended a Mass he celebrated. At the moment of consecration, breaking the silence, a cry came from Mathilde. She stood up, and exclaimed, “O mother, I am cured. Look.”

The injury troubled her no more.

Source: Trochu, Abbe Francois, The Cure D’Ars (Charlotte, N.C., Tan Books 2007) p. 559.


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