Carson Coyle runs around like any healthy young boy. Coyle suffered brain damage at his birth two years ago, with hospital staff at one point predicting that he had just hours to live. But then a judge prayed over Carson’s cradle with a cross from the Francis Xavier Seelos shrine in New Orleans, and a miracle is believed to have happened – Coyle healed essentially overnight and is thriving today.

Coyle’s recovery might just be the miracle that Seelos – who died in 1867, ministering to New Orleans residents during a yellow fever pandemic – needs to be recognized as a saint.

Kathryn Jean Lopez is senior fellow at the National Review Institute, editor-at-large of National Review magazine and author of the new book “A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living.” She is also chair of Cardinal Dolan’s pro-life commission in New York. She can be contacted at