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"Stand Up, Don't Be Afraid."

Posted on the 28 April 2014 by Brutallyhonest @Ricksteroni

One of many interesting stories coming out of yesterday's canonizations include this one concerning Florabeth Mora of Costa Rica:

The relic of new saint John Paul II was brought to the altar by Floribeth Mora, a Costa Rican woman whose 2011 recovery from an inoperable brain aneurism was declared the miracle needed to canonize FloribethMoraJohn Paul. The same relic — his blood — was also used for his 2011 beatification.

On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.

"Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid."

Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest of honor.

More from the New York Daily News:

That the 50-year-old Costa Rican grandmother can stand — let alone make the trip to St. Peter’s Square — is, according to Vatican investigators, a miracle.

They have been unable to come up with a medical explanation for why Mora, who appeared to be on death’s door two years ago, is not just alive but well.

They attribute Mora’s amazing recovery to the intercession of the late Pope.

“I would always say at night: ‘Lord, I have faith; but grow my faith, Lord, because I am afraid, John Paul, pray for me,’ ” Mora said. “I always admired John Paul when he was alive, and he is a saint — a man who God put on this earth and showed the world that he was its friend.”

Two years ago, Mora was laid low by a potentially deadly aneurysm in her cerebral artery that caused her brain to swell.

What was originally diagnosed in April 2011 as a severe migraine turned out to be bleeding in the brain. She was told she had just one month to live.

“You can go home,” the doctors said, Mora recalled. “At the moment they said that, I knew that I was going to die. I felt such a horror.”

Doctors prescribed Mora sleeping pills to help get her through the night and pain pills to get her through the dwindling days.

But on the night before John Paul’s May 1, 2011, beatification ceremony — the first step towards sainthood — was to be broadcast on TV, Mora told her husband she didn’t want the sleeping pill. She didn’t want to be groggy the next morning.

“He gave them to me anyway, but I woke up. How? I don’t know,” Mora said. “I was able to see the beatification.”

When she woke up again, Mora said she was “alone in the dark.”

“And I heard a voice that told me, ‘Get up,’ ” she said. “I felt scared and looked around. I was alone. I looked again at the booklet I had received as a gift, for the celebration of John Paul. He said to me: ‘Get up. Do not be afraid.’

“So I got up and told him: ‘Yes, sir.’ ”

Mora said the pain was gone.

Fascinating and inspiring.

St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII, pray for us all.


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