""Miracle of Life in Valencia" - A Film About the Miracle That Made Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin Saints

I'm happy to present, for the first time in English, "Miracle of Life in Valencia," the video (15:35) of the healing of little Carmen Perez Pons of Valencia, Spain, which was accepted as the miracle for the canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin.  This documentary was filmed on location in Valencia.  It shows little Carmen and her family and the hospitals where she was treated as a newborn.  Interviews with the Discalced Carmelite nuns of Serra tell the story of how Carmen's father, Santos, came to their monastery seeking prayers for his desperately sick baby daughter and of the sudden healing that followed.  The documentary includes film footage from the opening in January 2013 and the closing in May 2013 of the diocesan tribunal that evaluated the miracle and submitted it to Rome.  Carmen and her family attended both sessions.  This documentary was completed while the Congregation for the Causes of Saints examined the miracle.  For the rest of the story, read "Pope Francis today approved the decree recognizing the miracle for the healing of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin - March 8, 2015: new details about the healing of little Carmen," a communique from the Shrine at Alencon.

I thank the producers, AVAN (Servicio Audiovisual Diocesana of the Diocese of Valencia) for permission to translate the documentary into English.  My special thanks to Teodolinda Garcia of Panama, whose devoted work as a translator has permitted me to report on this healing since it was announced in 2012. Teo worked with me to produce an English transcript of this documentary, and I had the joy of creating the English audio you will hear.  On the eve of the announcement of the canonization of Louis and Zelie Martin, may the story of this real-life family's faith bring hope to many others.

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The closing of the diocesan inquiry into the healing of carmen perez pons, Valencia, May 2013.  photo credit: elperiodico