In 2008, when Pope Benedict XVI blessed Aussie baby Claire Hill (seen left) during World Youth Day, her parents had no idea when and how the grace of that blessing would be applied.
Well, they found out this week when Claire (now 3-years-old) survived being run over by a 22 passenger bus.
Sue and Peter Hill, parents of 11 children, contacted family, friends, and even the Missionaries of Charity in Sydney to ask for prayers on Tuesday after Peter inadvertently ran over his three year old at a gas station.
”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.”’
Sue Hill had just put a Miraculous Medal around her daughter’s neck just hours before the incident.
Although tire tracks were visible on Claire’s abdomen after the accident, doctors could find no broken bones, no internal damage, and nothing other than minor scrapes and scratches. She will be released from a Sydney Children’s Hospital today.
This unbelievable miracle reminds us of both the efficacious intercession of the Blessed Mother and that God is at work even today in our midst, in this case answering the prayer uttered in Psalm 51: “Let the bones which you have broken rejoice!“
Thanks be to God for this powerful reminder of His strength!