What are miracles and why does God make them happen? Do they hold any importance for us today? How can we tell if something is a legitimate miracle or not? Did God put that image of Jesus in your pancake at breakfast this morning or was that just your imagination working overtime? All these questions and more are answered in the book Miracles (20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers Book 18) by Karlo Broussard. The booklet is part of a 20 booklet set from Catholic Answers called conveniently enough…..20 Answers.
Karlo first tackles the big question. What is a miracle? He expertly unpacks this question providing a three-part answer that lays the foundation for the rest of the booklet. After establishing the what we head into the why. God allows these miracles to occur but what is their purpose? There are a number of possible explanations for this but as Karlo points out, “The bottom line is that miracles testify to God’s love for humanity.”
This deep dive look at miracles does not end there. In this booklet (and another play off the 20 Answers series) there are a total of twenty questions answered about miracles. There were a few sections I really liked and will share here.
What have been the most famous Catholic healing miracles? Karlo details the amazing healing of a blind from birth child at the age of seven by Padre Pio. Also covered are two approved healings at Lourdes.
What are the miracles of Lanciano and Siena? These two eucharistic miracles are amazing stories to familiarize yourself with.
What are some examples of incorruptible saints? Karlo discusses the three most famous: St. Bernadettee Soubirous, St. Catherine Laboure, Bl. Margaret of Castello.
Miracles by Karlo Broussard was a short but fascinating read. It is well grounded in the truth, thoroughly researched and easily digestible. I highly recommend it and all of the other titles in the Catholic Answer 20 Questions series.