- Rafqa returned to the soil where she was extracted, what was written in the bible was fulfilled: "Ashes to Ashes", therefore, the soil on her tomb became light and life. Read more »
Three days after her death, her tomb shined with miraculous lights. The witnesses on that, were: Saleh El- Khoury from Maad, Durgham El- Khoury Khairallah and Shahine El- Farran from Sghar, a village facing the monastery of the monastery of St Joseph.
The first miracle made through her intercession, was with mother superior Ursula Doumit who was cured from an abscess in her neck after putting on it soil from Rafqa's tomb.
Thousands of miracles poured: cure from cancer, cure from paralyses, cure from kidney and stomach diseases, cure from head diseases, cure from blindness, muteness, insanity and bleeding…
The news of her miracles spread, people came from everywhere to Rafqa's tomb, asking for some soil, in order to get the blessing of curing.
- She crawled, miraculously, to the church on the feast day of the Blessed Sacrament.
- She asked to see for an hour, and she enjoyed seeing the sisters and the monastery.
- She saw the heavenly glory in a state of ecstasy and vision.
- She chewed the Blessed Sacrament and stayed without eating for whole day.
- March 26th in 1914, her tomb glittered with miraculous lights.
- March 23rd 1914, Rafqa rested in peace, on Ash Monday.
- March 1938, Elizabeth Nakhleh El- Bathawi, from Torza, was healed of an uterus cancer. This miracle was adopted in the beatification case on November 17th.
This incident happened to Mother Ursula DOUMIT, Mother superior of Saint Joseph Monastery, Jrabta, only three days following Sister Rafqa's decease on March 23rd, 1914.
Mother Ursula recounted:" I had a hazelnut- size pimple in my throat that somehow, bothered me why swallowing or talking, that lasted seven years.
Then I referred my case to a physician, Antoun KHAIRALLAH of Jran, who suggested that I apply some tincture of iodine to it. I promptly did, but this was nonetheless of no avail and it started growing bigger until it become as large as a big almond. Then, it protruded outward, causing me great pain that prevented me from swallowing or drinking, even milk.
Because of that, I started suffering from acute headache that compelled me one evening to go to bed earlier than usual and to ask the nuns to leave me alone to be able to have some sleep. While I was fast asleep, I heard a knock at my door; I woke up and asked, "Who is that?"
An outside voice replied, "Take some soil off Rafqa's tomb and rub your throat with it, and then you will be healed". Well, I thought it was one of the nuns who had knocked at my door and talked to me that way. Then I answered: "why don't you just leave me alone to sleep?" but nobody replied. No sooner had I tried to resume my sleep, that I heard again, louder knocks at my door accompanied by a similar talk I had heard before. I thus replied that I would get the soil in the morning.
The next day, I asked each one of the nuns if she had knocked at my door and suggested that I get some soil…, but the answers were negative. However, I got some soil off sister Rafqa's tomb, wondering what had happened to me, and dissolved it in some water and applied it to the pimple.
After that, the nun inquired, "how is your throat?" this made me instantly remember the above named incident, and impulsively stretch my hand to feel the pimple, but it was all gone, and I have been completely healed ever since!"
This incident and the mysterious voice inspired the nuns of the monastery to distribute, as a benediction, a handful of soil taken off St. Rafqa's tomb. This soil became a source of grace and healing to all believers in God through the intercession of St. Rafqa.
- Celine Sami RBAIZ
- The miracle described below occurred in the Remail Region, Beirut with Celine Sami RBEIZ, she was born on May 10, 1983. Read more »
In October 1984, Celine Rbeiz found herself unable to eat or drink. As a result, she was hospitalized. Over the next six months, she experienced acute bleeding in her swollen stomach. She lost weight, becoming weaker and weaker. Tests eventually showed that her left kidney was damaged.
In September 1985, the kidney was removed. The pathology report indicated the presence of advanced cancer. Despite chemotherapy, the cancer spread to the liver.
Rapidly, Celine's health deteriorated further. When her eyes and nose hemorrhaged, doctors concluded that she had no more than 24 hours to live.
Celine's grandmother, Mrs.Yvette Daoo, had read a magazine article about the Blessed Rafqa. She was very moved by Rafqa's story. Learning of Celine's critical condition, she asked if she could have soil from the tomb of the "Saint that cures from cancer". She believed the soil would heal Celine. Meanwhile, Celine's mother, Mrs. Raymonda Daoo Rbeiz, had acquired a handful of this soil. On the evening of November23, 1985, Celine's mother and grandmother added the soil to Celine's food; and her mother said "this is the only medication for Celine."
In fact, the soil used by Celine's mother had been given to her by her neighbor, Mrs.Bernadette Kababeh Ibrahim. She had read a book entitled Rafqa: the six wound and had been very impressed by Rafqa's life and miracles…She had gone with Fr.Salim Rizkallah, a Capuchin priest, and a group of pilgrims to celebrate mass on Rafqa's tomb on Saturday, November 16, 1985, the night before Rafqa was beatified. At the time, she obtained the soil from Rafqa's grave, which She later gave to Celine's mother.
With difficulty, Celine ate the first spoonful. After few seconds, she felt her strength returning and ate the whole portion. One hour later, she recovered totally.
Mrs. Raymonda Daoo Rbeiz was astonished when she saw her daughter, Celine getting out of bed and walking in the hospital corridors…She knelt and said the rosary in honor of Blessed Rafqa and thanked Her for healing Celine.
Later, when the doctor examined her, he was stunned. "What did you do to the child?!!!" I can't understand, this is impossible!!! Celine no longer needs an operation!!!"
He prepared to close Celine's file. Mrs.Daoo Rbeiz said "I closed it with Saint Rafqa".
Another doctor examined Celine and said "I am a believer and I practice my faith. In my opinion, Celine's cure was a result of divine intervention, because it happened suddenly and quickly…"
Mrs.Yvette Daoo, Celine's grandmother, insisted on Celine visiting St.Rafqa's tomb. There she told her to repeat after her:" Saint Rafqa, I am Celine. I ask you to cure me". All who were present and heard what she said started to cry…