Image via Wikipediaby Dr. Ed Serrano & Rosalie Turton The idea came to Ed Serrano when he read about St. Faustina in her Diary, and then heard a talk by Fr. John Corapi. St. Faustina made a novena of 1000 Hail Marys a day for nine days when she wanted something very badly.
Then, while watching a talk show, Ed heard Fr. Corapi say that he made up his own short prayer and that he, as well, said it 1000 times a day for nine days for his own a special request . . . and, they both got what they asked for!
Ed wondered how anyone could do that, and at the same time carry out their daily duties, as those two has successfully done. It did not seem to be possible!
Medical doctor, Ed Serrano was scheduled to receive four separate surgeries on his neck, starting on December 30, 2008. He was already in so much pain that he had to wear a brace around his neck all of the time. It was very serious.
Well, he thought, nine days is not too long, and one could easily keep track of some short prayer on the Rosary beads. It's worth a try, when you want something really badly, isn't it! (Just keep the prayer short.)
He believed that Our Lady appeared to four young girls in Garabandal, Spain, in the early 1960's for some number of years. He helped with in the production of a documentary film on Garabandal, and he stayed active in the apostolate doing Spanish translations for various publications.
Yes, Ed was a believer! So why not a prayer to Our Lady of Garabandal? After all, he knew Her quite well.
He composed the following prayer: "Immaculate Conception of Our Lady of Carmen of Garabandal, my Mother, please fix my neck." He found out that he was able to pray it 1000 times a day for the next nine days, and he did so, wonderful!
On the last day of his one thousand prayers per day novena, (after he had completed the prayers for that day, and two days before his necessary physical prior to surgery) before going to bed, the brace around his neck was causing him a lot of itching. He took it off in order to scratch his neck, and he put it on a chair.
Then he gently rubbed his neck and fell into a sound sleep without the brace. This had been impossible to do before then, because of the pain. When he woke up the next morning, he was very surprised that he had been able to sleep soundly all through the night without wearing the brace. It seemed incredible!
As he reached for it to put it on, he realized that he had no pain! He went downstairs without it and had his breakfast, still wondering about the lack of pain.
Then he decided to put it to the test. He got dressed, got in his car, drove 25 miles into town, and spent the entire day window shopping. He bought a sweater and came home for dinner. Still no pain, no tingling in the hands, no freezing in the legs!
He canceled the scheduled surgery, and two months later, as he wrote about his healing for the Garabandal Journal magazine, none of the symptoms had returned. He thanks Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Carmel of Garabandal for this incredible cure. AS A Result, Another Cure! Mrs. Elsa Arnold read Ed's testimony in the Garabandal Journal. She sent the following letter to Doctor Turton at The 101 Foundation. Elsa said:
"I underwent surgery for a hysterectomy and a bladder lift. I had severe leakage for a long time. Unfortunately. the surgery for the bladder condition was not successful. To say the lest, I was very upset!
After reading about Dr. Ed Serrano's miracle cure, I decided to say the same prayer, but I substituted the word "bladder" in place of "neck." I started the nine day novena on April 24, 2009, and finished it on May 2.
"On the next day, May 3, I was healed of this very inconvenient problem. Praise be to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Now, I have completed three more novena's for friends, all with successful results! Praise the Holy Family again. I shall praise Them forever. Amen."
From The 101 Times www.101foundation.com