She couldn’t believe her eyes.
There, on the paper before her, she had written Pope John Paul II’s name in handwriting clear enough to read.
“The pen skipped across the page,” Sister Marie Simon-Pierre would tell Vatican investigators later.
Until that moment, the French nun, then 43, had been so racked by Parkinson’s she could barely hold a pen, let alone write.
Unable to process what appeared to be happening, the nun retired to her bed and woke up at 4:30 a.m. to another revelation — she had slept through the night for the first time in months.
“I got up fully alive,” she said.
John Paul II “Miracle” Further Scrutinized
The Vatican this week marks the fifth anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s death amid some doubts that the miracle needed for his saint-making cause will stand up to scrutiny and questions about his record combating pedophile priests.
Nun ill again after cure by Pope John Paul
VATICAN CITY, March 5 (UPI) — A French nun’s return to illness could delay the canonization of Pope John Paul II.
Pope Benedict XVI put his predecessor on the fast track for sainthood almost immediately, and there had been speculation John Paul would be beatified on Oct. 16, the anniversary of his election to the papacy, the Guardian reports. The Vatican has now scheduled the canonization of six saints on Oct. 17, which would bar a beatification the day before.
To become a saint requires evidence of posthumous miracles. Sister Marie Simon-Pierre said three years ago she had been relieved of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease after praying to John Paul, who also suffered from Parkinson’s.
Now, a Polish newspaper, Rzeczpospolita, reports Simon-Pierre’s symptoms have returned. The newspaper also said her doctor, on his Web site, suggested she did not suffer from Parkinson’s but from a disease with the same symptoms that is known to go into remission.