Local Boy Miraculously Healed

Local Boy Miraculously Healed December 23, 2011

thanks to the intercession of Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha. This, of course, shows how much God favors Washington, my home and native  land.

Seriously though: These things happen all the time.  The only reason people don’t believe them is not that “miracle don’t happen” but that people embrace philosophies which do not allow them to believe miracles happen.  The irony is that such people then project onto believers their own practice and insist that believers only see what they want to see.

No.  It is disbelievers who do that.  A believer can (and does) evaluate claims of miracles by reasonable criteria and by no means credulously accepts every claim.  This is why the Church has a process for investigating claims of the supernatural and (very often) say, “Nothing happening here.”  But a disbeliever in miracles has to reject every claim of the miraculous, no matter how compelling, because he has a cramped philosophy that forbids him to acknowledge so much as the possibility of the supernatural.  Skepticism, as a creed, requires far more faith than the normal human awareness that sometimes God shows up.

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  • Matt B

    I too have received a miraculous healing by way of the intercession of Bl (now St) Kateri. For year’s she’s walked with me down the long road of healing and foregiveness. Praise be to God! And thank you, Saint! (Don’t leave me now!)

    • Matt B

      And I believe her native ground is New York State, if you please.

  • Tom Connelly

    When my daughter was a kindergarten (or first-grade) student at our parish grammar school, she and her fellow students had to dress up as a saint for All Saints’ day. My daughter chose Blessed Kateri, and our family developed an interest in her story. So it gives us great joy that we can now call her Saint Kateri.

    The communion of saints is a wonderful thing.

  • Rosemarie

    +J.M.J+

    I’m so glad she’ll finally be canonized soon. My son and I listen to her Glory Story often in the car. Yet I have to wonder about the article saying she’ll be “the first American-Indian saint in the history of the Catholic church.” So St. Juan Diego doesn’t qualify as an American Indian? Do we only use that term for people who happened to live on land that is now part of the USA?

  • Donna Miller

    Even many who believe in God are skeptical of miracles, because they seem to point to a God who plays favorites and loves some people more than others. Why did God help certain people while letting other suffer horribly and die?

    Personally, I was struggling with my faith recently, and today in the bookstore, I picked up a book called “What Good is God?” I read a story about a woman said that her father had taken away her past by abusing her when she was a child and then had taken away her future by murdering her husband. She said that she really needed to work on forgiveness and that she didn’t want her children to grow up hating their grandfather.

    Something in me just snapped when I read this. God allowed this wicked man great power over this poor woman’s life. There were no miracles for her. Just suffering, suffering, and more suffering, and then more suffering piled on top of that when her husband was murdered. It’s not up to God to spare her suffering. It’s her Personal Responsibility to put her life back together after God so “lovingly” allowed it to be smashed to pieces, and if she can’t, why she just didn’t react to her suffering properly. It will be All Her Fault that suffering made her bitter when it could have made her better. God offers her nothing but a demand to forgive the monster who ruined her life. Who needs a God like that?

    • S. Murphy

      It speaks well of you that you feel for her so strongly.
      I guess I would say she chose – or God gave her the grace – to be incredibly forgiving, and the wisdom to recognize that bitterness would only hurt her and her kids even more. And, yes, he does demand that we forgive, when it counts the most – when we’ve been seriously wronged, abused, and hurt. He showed us how.
      Our faith tells us that he offers a lot more than that demand, though. I realize that’s the hard part, for a lot of us – “pie in the sky bye and bye.” You can’t see the payoff. It looks like being a sucker. Spe Salvi might help with the perspective. Or not – I don’t know how you think. But the grace to forgive outright evil is miraculous in itself. I think we get the miracles we need, whether we recognize them or not. Take care, and God bless you, Donna.

    • Matt B

      I saw on TV an interview with a Rwandan Catholic woman. During the tribal warfare in the last century, a man from the other tribe murdered her whole family with a machete. Then, when the tables turned, he found himself accused in a “court of reconciliation.” He begged the woman to forgive him. And she did. Bereft of all her family, she nevertheless forgave.

      “In the natural” this kind of forgiveness is impossible. The natural thing is retributive justice. God’s law of forgiveness requires more than a human effort: it requires divine grace. A real miracle.

      Jesus suggested to his disciples that he would be betrayed and brutally murdered. Peter jumped in and rebuked the Lord: that will never happen to you. But Jesus said to Peter: you are thinking like men do, not with the mind of God. I suggest to you Donna, that you look on these things not with the principles of tort law on your mind, but as manifesting the complete and utter holiness of an almighty, all-knowing, and supremely loving God.

      • Margaret Catherine

        Either Immaculee Ilibagiza, or a woman with a story very similar to hers. Immaculee has written about her experiences during and after the genocide, and her journey to that forgiveness – her books are very much worth a read.

    • Thomas R

      I admit I have some problems with the idea of forgiving those who are not remotely repentant. If forgiveness just means “removing all hatred and bitterness from your heart” than I think you should do that. If it means “you are now okay and owe no debt to society” than I kind of think that’s unjust even in a Christian sense.

      My grandfather insisted my Mom forgive the man who molested her as a girl. I understood where he was coming from, but I think he might have been expecting too much. If he’d just meant the “I’ve healed and am no longer angry at you” kind of forgiveness maybe Mom could have done it, but to be honest seeing him (as he’d not changed at all) I think could have caused more pain than benefit. I mean what if he’d crudely and braggily brought back the incident? And also for many I think “forgiveness” is taken as meaning something like “absolution” and I’m not sure that can be done without repentance.

  • Tom

    What a beautiful story. I cannot count the number of times God has intervened in my life and in many cases I would call them miracles. I am not sure if they would meet the Vatican’s standards for miracles but I know they show a loving God who comes down from on High to serve and help me, a terrible sinner!!!

  • keddaw

    Sorry for revisiting an old meme but.. God hates amputees?

    Why does God only fix what can occasionally be fixed (or go onto remission) by natural causes?

    • Matt B

      Thanks for your interesting observation, but isn’t it possible that God loves amputees even more?

      Human suffering is the baseline of a fallen world. Why should anyone expect to escape it? Maybe you’re thinking that “modern medicine” is some kind of ersatz messiah? Or maybe it’s written into obamacare that everyone is entitled to a painfree life?

      Miracles entail some measure of faith. There’s something bigger here than Dr. Kildare.

    • Thomas R

      This is more a theory, but a person can live a full and satisfying life as an amputee. Additionally the harmful attention a person might receive for the miraculous revival of an arm, and the disturbance it could cause the person’s mind to experience that, might outweigh any benefit it causes. And so forth.

      That said there was reportedly an amputee who was miraculously healed in sixteenth century Spain. I don’t know the details or veracity of the story. Perhaps it was just a legend.

  • Jason

    There is no way to prove that Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha did this. You can’t know where she is right now nor that she has some kind of ability to do such a thing. You also don’t know if someone prayed directly to Christ and that He healed her.