“After ten years of marriage, I still had no children. I called on St. Bernadette. In my prayer, I did not ask for anything. I just said, if I have a child, I will be happy. If I do not have one, I’ll be just as content through the grace of God. I prayed every day, at home, and in the churches of Saint Bernadette and Our Lady of Lourdes, near my home in Sydney (Australia). And Bernadette was born. Today she is 18 years old, very sweet, very caring. Then, two years later, Nassar was born. A beautiful boy weighing 3 kg, in perfect health … for 4 days. When suddenly on Good Friday, he had a heart attack. He was revived but remained in a coma. The doctors wanted to unplug the machines that were keeping him alive. I refused.
Despite the risk that he would be blind, deaf, dumb, as the medical team told me. I prayed to Saint Bernadette, Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Charbel (I am of Lebanese origin). He came out of the coma on Easter Monday! Blind, deaf, dumb and completely floppy. He could not open his mouth and could not sit up. It took several operations for him to be able to eat. He stayed in the hospital for nine months. With my husband, my sister and my mother, we prayed a great deal, always invoking Our Lady of Lourdes, Bernadette Soubirous, and Saint Charbel.
God made lies of all the worst scientific predictions. Today, Nassar is a tall 16-year-old. He can see, he can hear, he can speak. He has autism. But what is normal? After Nassar, my third child was born, a girl, filling us with joy. Every day, I give thanks. I come to Lourdes as regularly as I can. This is my best gift. I find so much peace!” Elisabeth (Sydney, Australia)