The Word Among Us

July 2015 Issue

The Surprising Case of Solanus Casey

Seeming failure opened the door to this wonderworking priest’s success

By: Bob French

The Surprising Case of Solanus Casey: Seeming failure opened the door to this wonderworking priest’s success by Bob French

Fr. Solanus Casey, the doorkeeper at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit, Michigan, had already seen many people on that warm summer day in 1941. They came to him because he had a reputation for kindness and wisdom—and miracles. One who stopped in was a fellow Capuchin on his way to have emergency dental work; he was instantly healed when Solanus blessed him. Returning later to report that the dentist had found his tooth perfectly healthy, the brother received yet another surprise.

“This calls for a celebration!” said Fr. Solanus, opening a desk drawer. Out came some ice cream cones that he had been given...

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