Jesus loves mums’ prayers: Hospital chaplain

Fr Darryl Mackie with a patient (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

In his six years as the chaplain at Sydney's St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Fr Darryl Mackie said he has not only witnessed many miracles but is certain God has a soft spot for mothers. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

He said time-and-time again he has seen a mum’s love and prayers being answered at a time when all hope by medical teams was lost.

One story he will never forget was that of a young man in his early thirties. His organs were shutting down and he was taken off the liver/heart transplant list as doctors didn’t think he’d survive the night.

After spending many hours with his grief-stricken mother, Fr Mackie blessed the young man and left the hospital expecting to be greeted with an empty bed the following morning.

However on his arrival, the young patient was not only in his bed but sitting up smiling and asking for something to eat.

Medical teams could not explain how somebody so close to death could have survived … but Fr Mackie can.

“Jesus loves mums, he has a special place in his heart for them. I don’t think that, I know it. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind,” he said.

“This young man’s mother was so distraught, crying and praying endlessly and I’m sure that’s what pulled him through. And I have seen it on many, many occasions.

“His organs returned to normal, each day getting stronger and stronger and two years later he is alive and well and living a normal healthy life. The power of prayer is the only explanation.”

Marking World Day of the Sick on Sunday, Fr Darryl said working at St Vincent's has been one of the most difficult and rewarding vocations he has performed.

He said what sets it apart from other hospitals is its care of not only a patient’s physical but also spiritual wellbeing.

“A person can be healed physically but it takes a lot more to make them mentally well,” he said.


Looking for a miracle? Don’t forget mother’s prayers, Chaplain says (The Catholic Weekly)

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