Written by Fr. Francis Lanoue, M.S.
Category: Spirituality and Charism
Fr. Francis Lanoue, M.S. (1909-1965), author of this article
In the Province of Verona, in sunny Italy, lies a district known to the inhabitants by the musical name of Valpolicella. Most dear to the people of this locality is the little Sanctuary of Fumane
, dedicated to Our Lady of La Salette. From this chapel there sets out every year the local "Pilgrimage of Mary," a procession in which crowds of people make a tour of all the neighboring parishes, carrying in triumph the statue of the Madonna of La Salette.
The Cure of a Young Boy, Giuletto Savoia
The devotion of the countryside to Our Lady is well known, but in 1949 saw it rise to new heights because of a wondrous cure wrought through her intercession. In the main parish of the district, the Vicariate Church of St. Floriana, a young boy at the point of death was completely cured through his faith and the faith of his family in Our Lady of La Salette.
It is a touching story, best told in the words of the pastor of the parish, Father Narciso Contri. Father Contri writes, "This young boy, Giuletto Savoia, was a pious lad, fourteen years of age. About eight forty-five on the evening of August 26th, 1949, as he was riding on his bicycle, he crashed head-on into a young student from Castelrotto. He was thrown to the ground and hit his head on a stone with such violence that it was thought that he was killed.
He was unconscious and kept vomiting continually so that it was believed a cerebral hemorrhage had occurred. He was rushed to the hospital where he was placed on the critical list, and it was declared that he could be saved only by a miracle. In his delirious state he kept repeating over and over, 'Our Lady of La Salette, pray for me.'
He was given the Last Rites of the Church (now referred to as the Anointing of the Sick), and his sister, seeing that all human hope was gone, made a promise to Our Lady of La Salette, that if he were spared she would have her gold watch made into a votive offering. His mother, certain of being heard, offered her gold wedding ring.
On his way to see the Madonna of La Salette
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