April 26, 2007

I'm not a chaser of miracles, apparitions, locutions, private revelations, etc.

I believe they occur, both authentically and inauthentically.

Everyday at Mass I receive:
authentic public revelations and authentic locutions-- the Word of God;
the Real Presence of God in Christ's Eucharistic Flesh and Blood.

However . . . at the moment, I'm following a personal family drama that has unfolded across the Pacific Ocean.

One of my aunts was badly in need of knee surgery. She had osteoarthritis and was unable to walk. She is the grandmother of priesthood-candidate, Vincent, about whom I blogged a few days ago. Click HERE to read about Vincent.

Apparently she received a miracle. Click HERE for one description.

Click HERE to read about the priest apparently instrumental in the miracle.


Blogger beez said...

I think it's clear that the Lord works in ways that we can't really begin to understand. That is the great gift of faith. Through faith, we recognize that understanding isn't what matters (this is a problem for many "rational" people like me), but that trusting that God understands does.

I have found, as my faith has grown, that my skepticism of things like this has dramatically diminished and, these days, I am more inclined to believe a miracle until it's disproven than doubt a miracle until it's proven. Does that make me gullible? Maybe. But if I'm gullible, what a great way to manifest it!

To him who has no faith, no proof is sufficient; to him with faith, no proof is necessary.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

I know a priest-- I'll call him Fr. Abc-- who was in the hospital some years ago for heart surgery. He checked into the hospital the night before the surgery. That night, his personal physician (a general practitioner, not a surgeon) came to the hospital to visit him. She also happened to be one of his parishioners. I will not name her because she wants no publicity. Furthermore, she has moved to another part of the country. I'll just call her "Dr. Lady." She was a regular visitor to my monastery, and was my physician too.

Before I got to know Dr. Lady, I had already heard much about her from other monks. They always said, "She's a saint."

Once I got to know her, I found she was a woman of total, simple, deep faith and prayer.

Anyway, Dr. Lady visited Fr. Abc in the hospital the night before his heart surgery. She prayed with him.

The next morning, the hospital took final x-rays of Fr. Abc just before his surgery. The heart condition that had made the surgery necessary was entirely gone.

8:22 AM  
Blogger Kasia said...

That's a remarkable story, Father.

My sister knows a woman whose son was healed of a large tumor by the prayers of a stigmatist in another part of our state. The same man's intercession helped bring me into the Church.

I think Beez really hit the mark.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Jeron said...

When I was still in my mother's womb, my sister Jeanette (then aged 17) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was on her high school senior trip in Mexico when the pain became so unbearable that they had to fly her home. Mom said the doctors told her & dad that my sister was going to be dead by the end of the week & there was nothing they could do for her. My mom said I was doing flip-flops in her uterus. She prayed the rosary like she'd never prayed before and began a bedside vigil. On the day the doctors entered my sister's hospital room to collect her body, they found her sitting up in bed, hungry, asking for breakfast. Dumbfounded, they ran tests and discovered not a trace of the cancer that just hours before riddled her. There's no medical explanation why my sister survived such a lethal disease.

11:02 AM  
Blogger DimBulb said...

I liked the introduction. I never quite thought of it that way. So I experience miracles at every Mass! Awesome!

Until just now I thought that the closest I'd ever get to a miracle is my sister not killing me.

You'll be happy to know that I am currently ranked at number 122 (with 11 others) on the bloggers choice awards. Thanks! Without your help i never would have achieved this undeserved level of mediocrity.:)

4:25 PM  

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