7 December 2007
A woman who claims she was cured of Multiple Sclerosis after visiting the holy shrine at Knock, will visit the Long Tower Church on Sunday night.
Marion Carroll thought she was nearing the end of her life when friends took her to the shrine in 1989. But after sitting under the statue of Our Lady in Knock she says she heard a whispery breeze which told her to get up.
She stepped free from her wheelchair that day, dumbfounding medics. She is now considered completely cured of her illness.
Marion now claims she has been blessed with the gift of healing and travels Ireland sharing her story with people in need of healing. By 1989 Marion Carroll had spent 17 years fighting MS and was paralysed from the waist down.
“I was doubly incontinent,” Marion told the ‘Journal.’ “I was paralysed from the waist down, blind in one eye, and had only partial sight in the other eye.
“My speech was badly affected and I could barely eat.
“Friends decided to take me to Knock. I didn’t really want to go. Although I’d always liked praying and trusted God to do what was right, I knew I was nearing the end of my life and a trip to Knock wasn’t really on the cards.
“I believe now that God and our Lady had it all planned out for me that day.
“During the anointing of the sick I felt only what I can describe as a ‘whispery breeze.’ A voice told me to get up and walk. At first I didn’t listen but then I felt the urge to get up.”
When Mass was over, Marion stepped, free of pain, from her chair – and walked.
“I felt a great sense of peace that day,” said Marion.
“I had been cured.”
In 1991 Marion had another remarkable experience when she visited Medjugorje, another Marian apparition site.
Since that time, she has acquired the ability to help in the healing of others.
“I had an experience with my hands in Medjugorje,” she said. “At first I told no-one about it, but when people began coming to my house to pray with me I knew I had been given a gift.”
However Marion prefers not to describe herself as a healer.
“No one can heal but Jesus,” she says.
“I present people to Jesus. I like to think I give people the prescription but Jesus is the doctor.”
Marion claims among her many healings the cure of a young man crushed by a tractor and the cure of a woman with a cancerous lump.
Marion will speak as part of the Long Tower Novena at 6 p.m. on Sunday night