Sister Marie Simon-Pierre

Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre, a life with John Paul II


Miraculously healed in 2005 by the intercession of John Paul II, the nun remained very attached to the Polish pope and continues to carry the prayers entrusted to her.


For nothing in the world Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre would have missed the opportunity: on April 27, the 53-year-old religious will obviously be in St. Peter's Square, Rome, for the canonization of John Paul II through whose intercession she was cured in 2005 of Parkinson's disease. The miracle had allowed the beatification of the Polish pope on May 1, 2011, already in St. Peter's Square.


Her voice still trembling with emotion, she tells how, that day, along with Sister Tobiana, the Polish nurse of John Paul II, she went to get the reliquary from the hands of Benedict XVI. "I will never forget his tender look. Without a voice, she can only stammer a "thank you" before turning to the crowd.


"The reliquary was heavy, but I felt carried by angels," she says. At the same time, I felt like I was carrying the world: all the sick people, the disabled, the wounded. All those who for months had told him their intentions.



"The further it goes, the more I am moved"


At the time, the nun thought that the emotion of the moment would fade with time. It has not happened. "The further it gets away, the more I'm moved," she says. This grace is rooted in me. Above all, she developed with John Paul II a real closeness, a "connivance" that will not change his new status of saint.


"With him, it is a heart to heart spontaneous through the heart of Jesus, she says. When I pass one of his pictures in the house, I talk to him and I tell him the intentions of those I meet. "


There was a couple I meta few months ago at the maternity of Bourgoin-Jallieu (Isère): parents of twins, one with a serious heart malformation requiring two operations, then treatment for life. "They knew who I was and what had happened to me, and we entrusted their child to John Paul II's prayer," she says.


Just before the second operation, the parents took their child to the cardiologist who, after a long examination, stunned, no longer finds any trace of the malformation ... "It was April 2 of last year, the anniversary of the death of John Paul II, "says Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre with a smile.



"All these patients, I carry them everyday"


After a few years at the mother house of the Congregation in Bourgoin-Jalieu, Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre came to Aix-en-Provence on September 30th. Now superior of the community and president of the motherhood of the Star - the place of her recovery - she is no longer directly a caregiver, but has continued to accompany families, patients and caregivers. And not a day goes by without new requests for prayer. Three thousand in all since the revelation of his miraculous healing in 2007.


"Parkinson's or cancer patients, child-hope couples, parents of children with disabilities," she lists. For them, my healing brings neither jealousy nor comparison. On the contrary, it is always a motive for thanksgiving. They also tell me that they pray for me - "because it does not have to be easy every day" - and then only give me their intentions. "


She who does not have "enough of all (her) life to give thanks" also stresses that her healing was not only physical: "It's something that has profoundly transformed my spiritual life with a greater attachment to the Eucharist and to adoration ".


Healed on June 2, 2005 at approximately 9:45 pm, two months after the death of John Paul II, on April 2 at 9:37 pm, she took an hour of worship, from 9 pm to 10 pm, every second of the month, to carry all the intentions entrusted to his prayer and that of his sisters. "All these patients, I carry them every day and I set them before the Eucharist," she summarizes.




Her inspiration, the rosary of the future saint


"When I'm driving, I always travel with John Paul II. I have the rosary of John Paul II, recorded in Lourdes during his trip on August 14, 2004, and I beg him while driving. I'm still very emotional listening to him because it's the sound of his voice. When we listen to all that he shares with us, all his intentions, that he tells us about the man, the world, the society we are going through ... it is very strong. I discover each time something new. Just yesterday, a phrase struck me, which I meditated for a long time: "Be men and women of conscience." He really leaves us very strong messages. "


Nicolas Senèze (in Aix-en-Provence)