In 2012 Emmanuel Tran’s little daughter, Mayline, lay in a coma. Doctors advised her parents to stop life support. But instead, Mayline’s mother, Nathalie, along with students and parents at Mayline’s school, began to pray a Novena to Pauline Jaricot for her healing. Mayline’s miraculous recovery led to Pauline Jaricot’s Beatification. On the one-year anniversary of Blessed Pauline’ s milestone on the road to Sainthood, Emmanuel shares with us his family’s year in faith.

How has the last year been for you and your family?

‘Since the beatification of Pauline Jaricot, Mayline has followed her path and made her ‘profession de foi’ or Confirmation.  It was a beautiful celebration, just two weeks after the Beatification in Annecy. Although Mayline still wants to be quiet on what happened to her and the miracle itself, she has shared her story with some of her friends.

‘The rest of the year has had its ups and downs like any other family. We need to hold tight to the hands of God sometimes. We finally found a good parish in Annecy, dynamic and very good with young adults in the way it shares the words of God.

What has your involvement been in Missio and sharing the legacy of Blessed Pauline?

‘We have had contact with a few Missio organisations. In April, we travelled to Vienna in Austria with Missio, to bring our testimony to their national congress, and we testified during the first Pauline musical show (which was amazing, by the way).

We always try to bring with us all the testimonies we could offer to the newly converted, as well as people in doubt or looking for answers and proof.

‘We joined the creation of the first ‘Pauline Jaricot’ parish in Lyon in October, on the hills of la Croix Rousse. We went to discuss the time of the accident with the kids of Mayline’s former school.

‘We also went to the premiere of the ‘Life of Pauline’ show in St Bonaventure, Lyon. As well, there have been various book signing events to bring my testimony of the story of the miracle. This was a book I had initially written just for Mayline, to show her how God has changed her destiny – but which my friend insisted I should get published.

‘Wherever we go, or wherever God brings us, I keep on explaining all the miracles that happened in our family; from the miraculous healing of Mayline to my Baptism in 2016. I hope I bring enough strength to the testimony, so all understand the power of prayer and the extraordinary amount of love God is giving us.

‘A few days ago, I spoke in the Church Saint Maurice in Annecy, in front of many children going for their Communion to assure them God creates miracles, all day long and everywhere. That if we only open our hearts, we can see them.

What have been the highlights of the year since the Beatification?

‘I -we all – have discovered another world full of love since that very special day of the Beatification, created from love and made for love. We have truly changed and are grateful. Because since 2 July 2012, when the miracle happened, I wanted so much to tell all about this story, but I didn’t know how to proceed.

‘In Vienna, Father Karl (Missio’s National Director in Austria – follow him on Instagram @mission_monk) told me I should be an apostle and do what I received Baptism for: to testify for all.

‘This was for all our family a revelation, a sign, a highlight for this year. And together, on our bus trip to the musical for Blessed Pauline, we prayed the Rosary in five different languages with Father Karl, General Secretary Sister Roberta, General Secretary Father Dr Dinh Anh Nhue Nguyen, Monsignor Wolfgang Huber, and Father Basil Fernando. Beautiful.

‘Today, I try to bring this testimony everywhere I can, here and there, in France or anywhere people want to hear… for Blessed Pauline and for God.’

With huge thanks to Emmanuel for taking the time to share his thoughts with us. You and your family are always in our prayers!

Blessed Pauline’s Legacy

Blessed Pauline Jaricot was a remarkable laywoman of fierce faith. She began a penny collection for missionaries among the workers in her father’s factory. She also started small prayer groups who regularly came together to pray the Rosary for mission overseas. Today, we continue her legacy of giving and prayer through the global Missio network. You can join us, by praying, and giving to Missio today.