Franciscan Saints
Is Mychal Judge a saint?
by John M. Kelley
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Mychal Judge is already a saint whether or not he is ever formally canonized.
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Both as a spiritual fact by the grace of God, and by widespread acclamation of the faithful, Mychal Judge is a true saint.
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For most of the church’s history, saints were declared by popular acclamation of the faithful. Rome only took control of canonization in the 14th century. But the older tradition of popular acclamation of saints, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is still recognized in the Orthodox churches today.
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Consistent with the older tradition, Mychal may be properly styled a "Saint". The faithful widely acclaim him as a saint and pray for his help. Even prior to his heroic death on 9/11, he was widely recognized as a living saint for his deep spirituality and his extraordinary works of mercy.
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Most souls in heaven are never formally canonized but they are still saints, living in the beatific presence of God.
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The spiritual reality of Mychal’s sainthood is underscored by at least three medically documented miraculous healings through his intercession (see below). In the end, God makes saints, not Rome.
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As a patron saint, Mychal is actively praying for us in heaven, interceding with God for our prayer intentions. He promised to do so in his last public words on 9/11. As he rushed into the burning tower, Mayor Rudy Giuliani cried out, "Father Mike, pray for us!" Mychal called back, "I always do! I always pray for you!"
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Mychal Judge never sought to be declared a saint. Like all the saints, he was a sinner who sought to do God's will. Saints are not perfect people. Their holiness lies in the fact that they allow God to work through their very imperfect, human lives.
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Mychal Judge was and is a true saint. And like all saints, he should be imitated more than venerated..Saint Mychal Judge, pray for us.
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In his inaugural homily on April 15, 2009,
New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan mentioned Mychal Judge, among other Saints, as a model for religious priests, brothers, and sisters. Dolan declared,
"The Risen Christ is alive in consecrated religious, women and men, in whom Elizabeth Ann Seton, Frances Xavier Cabrini, and Mychal Judge find most worthy heirs, as you continue to give the Word flesh in your simplicity of life, charity, and obedience."
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God has granted at least three documented miraculous healings through Mychal’s intercession
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In 1995, doctors told firefighter Joe Kennedy and his wife Christine that her unborn baby had hydrocephaly -- water on the brain, often associated with mental retardation. Mychal prayed intensively for weeks with both parents, laying his hands on mom’s belly. She later gave birth to a perfectly healthy baby girl. [Ford's biography].
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The other two healings were granted after 9/11 when parents prayed to Mychal. A baby boy born with holes in his heart and due for surgery was spontaneously healed. And Matthew Brown's healing may be the first case ever of remission from autism.
(See here -- not noted in the article: Matthew Brown had been diagnosed with autism).
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EDITOR'S NOTE: We at the SMJ website are also aware of two more miraculous healings which have not been published yet. Both in the Boston area, one involved a firefighter who was severely injured in the line of duty and was not expected to live. Immediately following a widespread novena to Fr. Mychal, he suddenly awoke from his coma and was sent home soon after (2007). The other case was of a boy stricken with a severely debilitating virus for which the doctors had no treatment. Following prayers to Fr. Mychal and the boy's reception of Eucharist, the boy suddenly began walking and talking again (2008). In both cases, clothing relics of Fr. Mychal were present.
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New York Daily News:
"Mychal is still saving lives;
can you believe this?!"
The Late Father Mychal Keeps Busy
by Michael Daly: Aug. 3, 2005 -- here
Did Mychal's intercession get this woman life-saving brain surgery? Too many coincidences to be mere coincidence.
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Patron Saint of thousands
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In life, Mychal Judge ministered in extraordinary imitation of Christ, “like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart…” (Isaiah 40).
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Many thousands now pray for his intercession for many causes. Those he helped in life, and whom he continues to help include --
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firefighters and police officers,
children and seniors,
gays and lesbians,
families and single people,
and all those in distress;
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struggling and recovering alcoholics,
children with autism,
pre-natal and heart conditions,
immigrants and refugees,
the homeless and the hungry,
the sick, injured, and frightened,
people with Aids and HIV,
the bereaved who’ve lost loved ones,
the falsely accused and hostages;
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those betrayed by Church officials,
those who feel abandoned by God,
those doubting their faith,
those doubting their self-worth,
those awakening to God,
those returning to Christ,
those in spiritual renewal,
and those who minister to
“these the least of My brethren”..
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Mychal Judge recognized as Saint
by the Old Catholic Church
& the Orthodox-Catholic Church: here
(Scroll down above page).
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Also see here
("Images of Saints")
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+ Father Mychal Judge,
friend of God and friend of all,
pray for us that we may be made
worthy of the promises of Christ.