A Chicago-area woman had accepted as "God's will" that she would soon die of a rare autoimmune disease affecting her brain.
But, she told The Chicago Tribune it's almost inconceivable what happened after she visited the Church Point, La., grave site of a 12-year-old girl known as "the Little Cajun Saint."
Within days of running her fingers over Charlene Richard's tomb, Mary Lou Swanson, 54, of North Aurora, Ill., says her symptoms began to disappear.
Richard is said to have offered up all her suffering to others when she died of leukemia in 1959. Hundreds flock weekly to her grave site to pray for healing.
Weeks later, her doctor confirmed Swanson’s disease, limbic encephalitis, had suddenly gone into remission. Doctors have offered explanations including "a nice coincidence" and positive thinking. For Swanson, there's another possible explanation: divine intervention.
Devotees hope to rekindle canonization for the little Cajun saint
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