Dear Monsignor Braschi,

When I was a Diocesan Seminarian, I was given a first class relic of Saint Philomena after expressing the deep veneration I had in her to a friend of mine, who happened to be a Parish Priest. I was awestruck at his altruism and generosity, but even more overjoyed at the gift I had been given! I immediately went to the chapel and spent a very long time in prayer with the Saint, thanking God!

The Friday of that very same week, we were given a holiday weekend at the Seminary, which meant that we were allowed to leave the dormitory and return Saturday night. Since the weekend came as a surprise and my family lived a few hours away, a fellow Seminarian suggested that I visit his family with him in a very poor section of New York City. I consented and of course I brought Saint Philomena along with me. When we arrived at the apartment building his family lived in, we ascended in the elevator to the correct floor and upon exiting the elevator we were met with the sounds of a woman weeping despondently. It was his neighbor who was a Eucharistic Minister at his parish and a mother of two young children. She had just returned from a hospital with the horrid news that she was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy. I was moved by a deep sense of pathos and I felt prompted to give her the first class relic of Saint Philomena. I did so and explained to her the treasure that was just placed in her life. Yet in still, she was undeterred in her despair and desolation.

Later I had qualms about what I had done. There was a disparity between the faith and optimism that I had in the intercession and presence of Saint Philomena and the overall response of the woman who had just been given her 1st class relic. I continued to trust in God and pray to this great Saint for her intercession on this woman's behalf.

About one month later we were given another holiday weekend. I had too much work to accomplish so I remained at the Seminary. However, my friend went home to see his family. On Saturday night, my fellow Seminarian returned to the dormitory with exuberant news, the doctors were unable to find any trace of cancer and, therefore, were not going to commence with the chemotherapy.

This great Saint worked another miracle! Would this have been the case if I had not made this sacrifice? I will leave this debate to greater minds. In utmost simplicity, I can state that devotion to Saint Philomena has never been fruitless, nor have sacrifices made in her behest. Therefore, as one who has experienced the efficacy of this Saint's intercession, encourage all to aid this Saint now who's shrine is in need of vital repairs.

Anthony, United States

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