THE MIRACLE OF LOURDES by Ruth Cranston

THE MIRACLE OF LOURDES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For the many who came to doubt- and remained to wonder (and the author, a Protesant, was one of them) this is an account of what is also called The Fact of Lourdes, based only on the authorized and accredited records. From the time when the shrine originated, and Bernadette had the official vindication and acknowledgement of the Catholic Church, Lourdes was still to face the thunderous opposition of medical men and skeptics, although today, with the accumulation of evidence- and the recognition of psychosomatic factors, disbelief is lessening. However none of the cases used here- or sanctioned in the records at Lourdes- are anything but physical in origin; they are all organic, and the criteria of the cure is its instantaneousness and completeness. So, for the many doctors, and others, who found these cures of inoperable cancers, tuberculosis, malignant diseases in their last stages, irrefutable if unbelievable, they are again on record here- along with a view of Lourdes, its hospitals, baths, organization and medical bureau- and the many pilgrimages which are made by 2 million travelers, and 30,000 sick people during the course of the year. Although (and here there are no figures) few are chosen, the many who are not have found spiritual solace where they have not found healing. The first book in this country on the shrine, we are told, it will have a curiosity appeal for some- a religious value for others.

Publisher: McGraw-Hill