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Blind Woman sees again after Venerating before the relics of St. Charbel

Dafne Gutierrez, a blind-mother of three who live in Arizona had regained her sight again after venerating before relic of St, Charbel and receiving blessing from the Parish Priest of St. Joesph Maronite Catholic Church in Phoenix.

“There was somebody [on the right] touching me,” she told her sister-in-law, who responded, “But there was nobody close to you.”

“And ever since then I was feeling my body differently,” Gutierrez said in an interview Monday.

She was at St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church in Phoenix on a Saturday in mid-January for the visit of the relics of the St. Charbel Makhlouf, which were being brought around to many of the 36 Maronite parishes in the United States. Over the next couple of days her husband noticed something unusual about her. He asked her what the matter was. “You seem different,” he said.

Before dawn on Monday morning, she complained to him that it felt like her eyes were burning. Her husband noticed a smell in the room that resembled meat burning.

She tried opening her eyes. “I couldn’t see clearly, but I could see like shadows. I told him, ‘I can see you,’” she recalled.

Gutierrez had lived with Arnold Chiari malformation since she was 13. Two years ago she lost vision in her left eye, and then in her right eye last year. Doctors inserted a shunt to try to relieve the pressure, but that failed. Her headaches were “vise-like,” and she was afflicted with tinnitus, vomiting, dizziness and seizures. She was approved to go to a rehab/nursing facility because she couldn’t care for her children.

Her sister-in-law heard that the relics were coming and that St. Charbel had healed a blind boy in Mexico. Gutierrez is neither Maronite nor Lebanese, but as a woman of faith she prayed for the saint’s intercession. He’s had a great track record of healing, even after his death in 1898.

Not only was her vision restored, it was restored to 20/20, said Dr. Anne Borik, one of several physicians to examine Gutierrez. “The pressure in her brain got to the point where it caused damage to the optic nerve. After this happened, the optic nerve looked completely normal, with no signs of damage or atrophy,” she said in an interview “There’s nothing in the medical literature that anything like this had ever happened.”

She said that a long-standing damaged optic nerve causing blindness “does not just all of a sudden look normal in two days with complete restoration of vision.” According to the medical committee of which she was a member, she said, “We have no medical explanation and therefore believe this to be a miraculous healing through the intercession of St. Charbel.”

“God gave me my vision back for a reason,” Gutierrez said. “I want to be able to help others. I give testimony wherever I can because it’s important for people to know that God does exist and he does hear us. I tell people, ‘Don’t lose the faith. And the most important of all is confession, which brings you healing.’”













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  1. Patrick Gannon Reply

    I searched a number of articles regarding this so-called miracle. None of them provides a scintilla of actual evidence to support the claim. No in depth interviews with the doctors, no medical records, no imagery of the eye – nothing. This is very unconvincing. If Yahweh can heal blindness, why can’t He regrow amputated limbs?

  2. Tom Rafferty Reply

    Patrick has beat me to it. Anecdotes are not evidence …….. period. Now, if someone on the page can produce solid evidence regarding both the before and after status of the individual in support of this “miracle”, then let us know. BTW, there has never been a scientifically-verified miracle, only stories and religious pronouncements.

  3. Hala Reply

    Then I would tell u that St Charbel has done numerous miracles especially with people who had terminal cancer and no doctor could explain how they got healed… It’s all about faith. St Charbel has made numerous miracles may it be in Lebanon and around the world.

    1. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Exceptional claims require exceptional evidence. This particular incident doesn’t even pretend to provide documented evidence, exceptional or otherwise.
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      Allow me to ask again – why can’t Yahweh grow back amputated limbs? No amount of faith has ever resulted in a documented case of this happening. Jesus, it was said, could turn water into wine (why not turn lead into gold and sell it to help the poor), walk on water, cure blindness, raise the dead back to life, and cast out demons, but He just can’t seem to grow back amputated limbs. He admonished his follower for cutting off the ear of one of the soldiers who came to arrest Him, but the gospels say nothing of growing it back. Why is that? Why would Yahweh taunt us by healing some things that coincidentally happen to people of other faiths with the same statistical frequency that they happen to Christians, but He completely refuses to heal amputees for any faith. Perhaps that is His way of telling us that all faiths are wrong? Or maybe He doesn’t even exist, or takes no interest if He does.
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      Why are believers so interested in these miracle stories? Why are they so anxious to find something, anything, no matter how unlikely and unscientific or logical or reasonable, on which to latch their faith? Why are they so satisfied with outrageous claims that are completely lacking in independently investigated and documented evidence, in order to give them reason to keep believing in that for which there is no evidence? Isn’t it pretty much the same thing that keeps the alcoholic or the drug addict seeking out their next fix? It sure looks that way to me…

  4. Emilio S. De Alban Reply

    I AM A LAWYER BY PROFESSION. . . BUT WHEN MATTERS INVOLVE THE DECLARED SAINTS, I DON’T ASK FOR, AND PROBE INTO, THE SO-CALLED PHYSICAL EVIDENCE ANYMORE. . . I DO BELIEVE. . . . I ALWAYS RECALL THE WORDS I HEARD MANY TIMES FROM PARENTS AND ELDERS ALL THE YEARS: “BELIEVE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT SEE. AND OBEY EVEN IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND”. . . . ALMIGHTY GOD HAS GIVEN US THE MAIN FACULTIES OF INTELLECT, FREE WILL AND CONSCIENCE. THE INTELLECT HAS VARIOUS SUB-FACULTIES: LIKE MEMORY, IMAGINATION, PLAIN THINKING, REASONING, APPRECIATION, AWE AND WONDER, CRITICISM AND OTHERS. . . . I SIMPLY WANT TO BELIEVE WITHOUT “REASONING”. . . . BY ALL MEANS, WE HAVE TO USE REASON. BUT LET US BELIEVE NOT WITH OUR PHYSICAL EYES BUT “WITH THE EYES OF OUR FAITH”. AND AS WE GO ALONG, OUR “REASONING” LIGHTENS UP. IT IS NO LONGER AN UPHILL WAY. AND THEN WE REALIZE THE FALSITY OF “TO SEE IS TO BELIEVE”. EVERY MODERN MIND IS SO OBSESSED WITH ITS OWN REASONING THAT, WITHOUT BEING AWARE, IT IS BUILDING AN IMPREGNABLE WALL AROUND IT. THAT GRADUALLY GIVES RISE TO THE EVIL OF “RATIONALISM” LEADING TO THE EVIL OF “RELATIVISM”. . . . LET US, INSTEAD, HAVE SIMPLE MEMORY. AND WE WILL THEN ALWAYS REMEMBER: “DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME”! LET US PRAY FOR THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT CHARBEL MACKLOUF SO THAT THE GIFT OF OUR “PHYSICAL EYES” WILL ENABLE US TO GO TO MASS AND HEAR THOSE WORDS
    UTTERED IN THE UPPER ROOM TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO! . . . THANKS!

    1. Tom Rafferty Reply

      Emilio, thanks for clarifying the true essence of “Faith”: “BELIEVE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT SEE. AND OBEY EVEN IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND” In this period of history, with what has been discovered through science and the subsequent benefits from such, the vapidity of religion is stark to anyone who chooses to use reason over the superstition of faith. I truly feel sorry for the religious.

    2. Patrick Gannon Reply

      Emilio, a little etiquette please. WRITING IN ALL CAPS IS CONSIDERED TO BE YELLING. WHO ARE YOU YELLING AT?
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      Emilio if a woman comes to you to be her defense attorney because she drowned her kids in the bathtub, and she says that Jesus told her to do so, would you accept her claim that Jesus was speaking to her and attempt to defend her on that basis, or would you argue to the jury (quite logically) that she was insane?
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      It’s interesting that the words you referenced, ” “BELIEVE EVEN IF YOU DO NOT SEE. AND OBEY EVEN IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND” are very similar to what peasants are told in N. Korea. Apparently your god rules over a celestial N. Korea, if this is His requirement. Why did Yahweh go to all the trouble of creating or allowing evolution to give us logic and reason if He did not want us to use it?
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      As I read your post, it seems to me that you are antagonistic to reason – the very thing we ask juries to use when they decide the guilt or innocence of a person. If all we needed was their belief that a person was guilty or innocent, there would be little need for trials and lawyers such as yourself – would you agree? And what about that reason and logic and intellect? Whether we evolved these traits or were endowed with them by some god, does it make sense to bury them in the garden and not use them? Go back and read the Parable of the Talents, and consider logic, reason, rationality as god-given talents, all being buried in the garden, and then look at the punishment meted out to the one who did so…

  5. Peter Spasic Reply

    A serious question… I do hope it deserves an answer…
    How do we know the miracle is due to the intercession of St. Charbel Makhlouf?

  6. Peter Spasic Reply

    With all due respect to those who make such claims, HOW do we know such miracles, if real, are really due to the intercession of saints? Any scriptural (or other) justification?

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