is for You,
by Maria Vadia,
another anointed can't put me down book from a charismatic who takes us through
glimpses of her own powerful conversion to many attributes of the Spirit,
discussing why healing is your inheritance, how curses can interfere, how to
release faith, the problem of unconfessed sins, how to access your
healing, healing in gifts of the Holy Spirit, healing in the Eucharist, healing
in the Word of God!
WHEN SCIENCE TRIES TO EXPLAIN A 'MIRACLE,'
DOES IT COUNT FEELING THAT WENT WITH IT?
It is an interesting phenomenon of modern
Catholicism that so many are afraid of mysticism.
Usually, it reduces to a
simple dynamic: fear of seeming superstitious or anti-intellectual: in a
word, uncool to the academic culture by which we have been subsumed.
There is reason for the trepidation. It's easy
to go to the extreme of seeing the supernatural everywhere. Or is
the supernatural everywhere? When you are in a state that feels like
you're being blessed and the sun rises over a rooftop and streams at you
at that moment so strongly and unusually and poignantly: should you walk away from it
("logically" discounting it) or take it as a potential communication?
Little miracles are mystical tropes in the
liturgy of life: God's way of employing nature, perhaps, to convey a metaphor. Or at
least that's one way of looking at it. The other -- the vaunted scientific
view -- is that God created the world and then chopped off a
dynamic relationship with it (or that He doesn't exist at all).
Physical cause for physical effect.
Difficult it is to discern the little patterns
of life! When we die, we'll see the "needlepoint" (from the upper side).
now, we see only underneath and wonder at various circumstances.
Is there truly a manifestation in a
ice, or a tree stump? Many are the
For example, Angela Beans of Hilton Head,
South Carolina, tells us how she asked her angel to grant her the smell of
roses as an answer to a question she had -- expecting, of course, that if
such a sign came, it would be the sudden "odor of sanctity."
got the roses, but in a way that was different than she anticipated, which
tends to make it more credible.
"Today, before going to nine a.m. Mass, I was
sitting in my recliner after having a cup of mocha and I heard a loud pop in the
kitchen," she wrote us a few weeks ago. "Sounded like something had fallen
from the cupboards. I got up to check. The cupboards were not open -- nothing to
the left side of the sink -- but on the right by the refrigerator I noticed
a tiny bottle that had blown its cap and was on its side with the contents coming
"This contained the rose perfume from Carmelo
Cortez, [alleged] healer from the Philippines, when he was at St. Gregory's Catholic
Church in Bluffton, South Carolina, on November 17. I could not help but smile
because now the kitchen was smelling like roses (and also my hands). I
immediately picked up most of it with two large cotton balls and squeezed a
little back into the bottle and gave them to the Blessed Mother. Made my day."
Our take: when God makes your day, accept it.
We know a scientist can explain it away.
They can explain almost everything away (including the findings of other
something hints at the miraculous, they always try to find a "rational,"
"logical" explanation -- or set the bar so high as to preclude a subtle
The rule of science: if something
has any chance whatsoever of having a natural cause, it is not miraculous
-- no matter the other circumstances around it.
That's wrong. One scientist
recently said that
religion is naught more than an "artifact of the wiring in our brain." We
see the cynicism. Before approaching the subject of God, maybe they should
first settle disputes over things like vitamin C. Yet, can we -- believers
-- not go too far with things?
This possibility especially crops up with
"miraculous" images, and also when folks feel they see something with statues. There are graces there -- an anointing that comes with honoring
the saints -- but when does that anointing show itself and when are we
seeing too much into it? Is it just a different angle?
"I wish to share this witness to the presence of the Blessed
Mother in each home when the pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima visits," wrote
Jacqueline Stutmann of Upstate New York. "The very
first time I had a visitation of the Blessed Motherís pilgrim statue, our
family lived in Virginia and we had many guests to come to venerate and honor Our Lady
because we lived in the military Catholic community of Langley Air Force Base in
felt a very strong spiritual presence of the Blessed Mother at this time. Now we
are in Rome, New York and I can certainly attest to her presence with this
special remembrance that she has left to us this time.
family had a home visitation of the Pilgrim Virgin statue of Our Lady Of Fatima
on September 7, a day before the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mother,
2008. Our 11-year-old son, James, asked me
if he could take pictures of the pilgrim statue with my personal cell phone and
of course I said yes. In November, I decided to
look at the pictures on my cell phone because our children use it to take
pictures of each other. One by one I looked at them
and either kept them or deleted them.
"When I got to the pictures of Our Lady, I felt the urge to look closer and longer at
them. There was something different about them this time! In comparing one to
the other, the face of Our Lady appeared real to me in several of the pictures. You could tell there was a real difference in the appearance of her face in the
pictures. You see the statuesque picture and then pictures where it is as if
she was standing before you as a real person!
"My husband put them on a CD
and together we compared them and he said you can actually see a difference in
the position of the statue itself and the appearance of her eyes and mouth as
having a gentle smile. We even put them in negative format and you can tell that
there is a tilt of the head to the statueís left in one of the picture negatives
and not in the other!
"This knowledge of her presence left
to us a remembrance of her visit that has lit within me a new zeal for devotion to
her and to make it spread to others. I am starting the 'Immaculate Heart Prayer
Group' dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, focusing on the Fatima Message
and renewal of the Five First Saturdays Devotion as Our Lady still requests. I
now have a deep desire to know the story and message of Fatima and spread it to
others. I am also renewing my Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
with the writings of St. Louis De Montfort."
Picture or no picture, how can we quantify the feeling? And how do we factor in
fruits such as devotion? Is it fringe stuff or a spiritual openness that
elsewhere (in hardened secular times) is sadly lacking?
Lastly, there are what seem like prophetic coincidences.
"I just wanted to share this with
Dede Laugesen. "On December 30 my mom was picked up by the wind in Boulder, Colorado and tossed to
the ground. The action broke her hip and she had surgery later that day.
[Before I went to visit her], I had a dream. I was walking the halls in my parish and
my pastor passed by me. He said, 'Merry Christmas!' And I replied, 'Merry
Christmas, Father!' After he passed by he stopped and said, 'Dede, what
time is it?' I looked at the watch and it had just then turned 2:00. I
said, 'Itís two o'clock Father.' He smiled and said thank you.
"A little while later I was showering in preparation for morning Mass. I
thought to myself, 'I wonder what the significance of two o'clock was?'
Immediately, I had a 'knowledge' pour forth that said, 'It is the last
hour.' And, I thought, yes, it is the hour before Christís death on the
"When I went to Mass, I grew even more intrigued when the first reading for
the day, from 1 John chapter two, began 'Children, it is the last hour...'
"I went to visit my mom as planned and was so relieved to see her in good
But overnight on Thursday, at 2:00 a.m., her lungs filled-up with fluid
and she suffered a massive heart attack. She received the anointing and
the papal blessing on Friday morning.
"By the following Tuesday, the news
was not good. She was taken off the respirator at ten minutes to 2:00 p.m.
My sisters and brother remarked that she could linger for some time. But
I told them of my dream and that I felt certain that the Lord had prepared
me for the time of her death. My head was on her chest as her last heart
beat occurred at 2:33 pm.
"I have been at peace with her passing as I feel certain that the Lord
afforded me a special favor that has shown His great love for my mom, even
as she was distant from Him in her passing. I am so very thankful for the
priest who came at a momentís notice to provide her with the Last Rites. I
am also so grateful that the Lord prepared me via Scripture and a dream
that she would die quickly and peacefully in that hour. She was afforded a
beautiful funeral Mass on Friday."
[resources: The God of
Miracles and A Catholic
Compendium of Healing]
Skeptical view: is it all in our heads?]
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