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A Miracle Down Under


Power of prayer … Peter and Sue Hill with their daughter Claire. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

Girl blessed by Pope run over by her father with a bus.

Posted on February 21, 2011 by wpbladmin

PETER HILL’S life has been peppered with signs.

Years ago, all four tyres blew out one after the other when he suggested to his future wife in the car that God created all things and therefore must be responsible for evil.

More recently (2008), Pope Benedict XVI kissed his baby daughter, Claire, at Randwick in Sydney while in the midst of a throng of devotees.

And then, on Tuesday afternoon (back in 2011), he rolled his 22-seater bus on top of her in a queue for petrol on the South Coast.

When he saw the three-year-old lodged under the dual rear wheels of the four-tonne vehicle, Mr Hill was certain that Claire was dead.

But this morning she is likely to be sent home from hospital with little more than grazes and minor bruising (and she was).

The tyre marks were yesterday visible on her tiny abdomen, but she astounded her parents and medical specialists by surviving the ordeal without internal injuries, broken bones or lasting physical damage of any kind.

As Claire lay in bed at Sydney Children’s Hospital with a Catholic prayer book, red-eyed but smiling and talkative, she said it was her dad and God that saved her.

Her father struggled to find an explanation for his youngest child’s remarkable escape.

”I couldn’t think anything other than a guardian angel was holding that bus up and keeping the weight off her,” Mr Hill said.

”I jumped in the driver’s seat and just rolled forward,” he said. ”And Claire opened the door and hopped out of the car, and the next thing I know, someone’s banging on the bus. I went to look and saw Claire lying underneath the two back wheels, pinned to the ground. At that moment I thought: ‘God, I’ve killed her.’ ”

His wife, Sue Hill, a mother of 11, was inclined to believe in the power of prayer.

”I had put a miraculous medal [of Mother Mary] on her just an hour before,” she said. As Claire lay at the Woolworths service station in Nowra, Mrs Hill told her to pray to Jesus and Mother Mary.

In the hours that followed, family and friends on the South Coast and beyond reached out through church and social networks to draw hundreds more into prayer, she said.

”All my children rang all these other families,” Mrs Hill said. ”My sister rang the Mother Teresa nuns in Sydney.”

The Children’s Hospital said it was hopeful Claire would make a full recovery (and she did).

”Despite experiencing a major trauma, she has no broken bones or serious internal injuries,” a spokeswoman said.

Read more news articles from 2011 via A Miracle Down Under.

Related Post: Story of the Miraculous Medal

Catholic Homeschool Australia: while this story is a few years old now it needs to be retold over and over. We have had personal contact with the Hills at family camps over the last two years. Our children have joined in with bush walks holding Clare’s hand and giving her piggy backs etc. So we can tell you first hand that she did make a full recovery and that she is a walking miracle.

Children of the Eucharist


“Ask your parents and teachers to enroll you in the ‘School’ of Our Lady’, so that she can teach you to be like the Little Shepherds, who tried to do whatever she asked them.” (Pope John Paul II – Beatification of the Little Shepherds)

Children of the Eucharist Clergy, Principals, Teachers and Parents, Children of the Eucharist is a spiritual program for the children and young people of your parish, school or family. It is a program which focuses on the message of Our Lady of Fatima, a message that is more relevant today than when it took place in 1917. It invites all to help enroll the children of the world into the “School of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” This school is not new. It is a ‘spiritual school’ of the saints “To Jesus through Mary.” IT ‘S AN EASY TO INTRODUCE AND EASY TO LIVE MESSAGE!

We have developed a program that will transform the souls of the children in your care with 5 simple steps! These steps can be easily implemented into the everyday lives of your students, in schools, religious educations progams, and families. It is a program for children, but also for family members of all ages, to join in and ‘answer the call’ of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to help transform our world into a place of peace and hope for all.

FIVE easy steps

Step 1 – MORNING OFFERING

Step 2 -VISITS TO JESUS IN THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT

Step 3 – ENTRUSTMENT PRAYER TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY

Step 4 – WEAR A SIGN OF YOUR ENTRUSTMENT

BROWN SCAPULAR

MIRACULOUS MEDAL

Step 5 – PRAY THE ROSARY

via Children of the Eucharist.

Story of the Miraculous Medal


Medal of the Immaculate Conception (aka Miracu...

The Medal of the Immaculate Conception — popularly known as the Miraculous Medal — was designed by the Blessed Virgin herself! No wonder, then that it wins such extraordinary graces for those who wear it and pray for Mary’s intercession and help.

The First Apparition

The story begins on the night of July 18-19, 1830. A child (perhaps her guardian angel) awakened Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labouré, a novice in the community of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, and summoned her to the chapel. There she met with the Virgin Mary and spoke with her for several hours. During the conversation Mary said to her, “My child, I am going to give you a mission.”

The Second Apparition

Mary gave her this mission in a vision during evening meditation on November 27, 1830. She saw Mary standing on what seemed to be half a globe and holding a golden globe in her hands as if offering it to heaven. On the globe was the word “France,” and our Lady explained that the globe represented the whole world, but especially France. The times were difficult in France then, especially for the poor who were unemployed and often refugees from the many wars of the time. France was first to experience many of those troubles which ultimately reached many other parts of the world and are even present today. Streaming from rings on Mary’s fingers as she held the globe were many rays of light. Mary explained that the rays symbolize the graces she obtains for those who ask for them. However, some of the gems on the rings were dark, and Mary explained that the rays and graces were available but did not come because no one had asked for them.

The Third Apparition and the Miraculous Medal

The vision then changed to show our Lady standing on a globe with her arms now outstretched and with the dazzling rays of light still streaming from her fingers. Framing the figure was an inscription: O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

The Meaning of the Front Side of the Miraculous Medal

Mary is standing upon a globe, crushing the head of a serpent beneath her foot. She stands upon the globe, as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. Her feet crush the serpent to proclaim Satan and all his followers are helpless before her (Gn 3:15). The year of 1830 on the Miraculous Medal is the year the Blessed Mother gave the design of the Miraculous Medal to Saint Catherine Labouré. The reference to Mary conceived without sin supports the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary—not to be confused with the virgin birth of Jesus, and referring to Mary’s sinlessness, “full of grace” and “blessed among women” (Luke 1:28)—that was proclaimed 24 years later in 1854.

The vision turned and showed the design of the reverse side of the medal. Twelve stars encircled a large “M” from which arose a cross. Below are two hearts with flames arising from them. One heart is encircled in thorns and the other is pierced by a sword.

The Meaning of the Back Side of the Miraculous Medal

The twelve stars can refer to the Apostles, who represent the entire Church as it surrounds Mary. They also recall the vision of Saint John, writer of the Book of Revelation (12:1), in which “a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of 12 stars.” The cross can symbolize Christ and our redemption, with the bar under the cross a sign of the earth. The “M” stands for Mary, and the interleaving of her initial and the cross shows Mary’s close involvement with Jesus and our world. In this we see Mary’s part in our salvation and her role as mother of the Church. The two hearts represent the love of Jesus and Mary for us. (See also Lk 2:35).

Then Mary spoke to Catherine: “Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.” Catherine explained the entire series of apparitions to her confessor, and she worked through him to carry out Mary’s instructions. She did not reveal that she received the Medal until soon before her death 47 years later.

With approval of the Church, the first Medals were made in 1832 and were distributed in Paris. Almost immediately the blessings that Mary had promised began to shower down on those who wore her Medal. The devotion spread like wildfire. Marvels of grace and health, peace and prosperity, following in its wake. Before long people were calling it the “Miraculous” Medal. And in 1836, a Canonical inquiry undertaken at Paris declared the apparitions to be genuine.

There is no superstition, nothing of magic, connected with the Miraculous Medal. The Miraculous Medal is not a “good-luck charm”. Rather, it is a great testimony to faith and the power of trusting prayer. Its greatest miracles are those of patience, forgiveness, repentance, and faith. God uses a Medal, not as a sacrament, but as an agent, an instrument, in bringing to pass certain marvelous results. “The weak things of this earth hath God chosen to confound the strong.”

via AMM | Story of the Miraculous Medal.