He that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do.

John 14:12

Reading Fr. Hebert’s Saints Who Raised the Dead and now enjoying Joan Carroll Cruz’s Mysteries, Marvels, Miracles in the Lives of the Saints has been enlightening and reassuring. It certainly has proved very interesting as well. The sheer volume of miraculous events, confirmed by doctors, non-believers, etc. is staggering.

I’ve always been a rather cautious (some might say “overly cautious”) person, and I think a healthy dose of skepticism is all right. Not skepticism in the sense that all things are impossible, but in the sense that natural causes and reasons should be considered. Attributing the miraculous to everything right away would be cause for accusations of gullibility, and a lessening of belief, as well as occasions of mockery (think of people who claim to see pictures of the Blessed Virgin Mary in perishable things like toast). So, I do think we have to be careful. But I also see the need to recognize that we ought to give credit where credit is due. When it has been determined that there is no natural explanation for an event, it’s safe to term it ‘miraculous’ and give thanks to God through Whom all things are possible.

It is disturbing that there is a definite trend in modern “scholarship” to deny the miraculous. Instead of believing that Our Lord miraculously mulitplied the loaves and fishes, many modern “scholars”/”theologians” ask us to believe that there were traveling bread caravans that provided the extra food, or that everyone really had their own food and shared to make sure others had enough. Really?! Why would the Gospel writers feel the need to fabricate miracles after witnessing the greatest miracle of all? It does not make sense. When we start denying the miraclous in little things, we doubt the big things, and eventually… everything.

Miracles are real. Miracles are not impossible. God is still present and very much active in the world today. We need to refresh our memories with the history of our Salvation and the awesome things God has accomplished.

Read up on miracles. Read some good accounts of the miraculous (such as has been recorded in the 2 books I mentioned above). Pray, and give thanks.


Book Review: Saints Who Raised the Dead

Okay, bottom line: Everyone should read this book. I apologize for not writing this review when TAN was selling it for $9.95 (half price!)… mea culpa! But it’s well worth even full price.

Father Hebert’s Saints Who Raised the Dead is truly an awesome book. We read a few accounts in the Sacred Scriptures about persons who raised the dead: the Old Testament prophets Elijah and Elisha, of course Jesus’ resurrection miracles in the New Testament, and also the Apostles Peter and Paul. And we even read Jesus’ words in the Gospel to His Apostles telling them to perform such great deeds (cf. Matthew 10:8). However, the sheer volume of resurrection miracles recounted by Father Hebert is amazing. Before I read this book, I had no idea that so many Saints– even Saints who I thought I knew quite a bit about– had raised the dead. Nor did I have any idea that there were so many purported resurrection miracles!

In his introduction Father Hebert assures his reader that he has only included miracles of proven or accepted authenticity, and that this book is not meant to be an encyclopedia of all such cases. Still, the nearly 400 miracles recounted by Father Hebert are a testament to the veracity of the Catholic Church’s claims, and God’s action in the world in and through His Saints.

As Father Hebert also underscores, these miracles are not a testimony to the greatness of the Saints, but a testimony of the power, glory, and providence of God. The miracles are His actions. It is unfortunate that so many, even priests, theologians, etc., in our current day deny or downplay the miraculous; going so far as to deny even the miracles recorded in the Bible. Father Hebert’s book Saints Who Raised the Dead is their cure. We need to be reminded of God’s providence, of God’s power, and of the fact that God still is truly active in the world today. He hears our prayers, He performs miracles in confirmation of Faith. Read. Be inspired. Preach the Good News.

Why should it be thought a thing incredible, that God should raise the dead?

Acts 26:8

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