Have you heard about coincidences that make you wonder in awe? Have you heard about the healing power of prayer that gives each one of us second chances to live? Some say there are no coincidences, but grace. And as St. Therese declares, “… the acim audio of God here and now.”
We all have our own testimonies of God’s saving power, yet sometimes we just take them all for granted. We think all the answer to our questions is science, more knowledge, more power, or more money. We have to know God is the key. We have to know if we let God take part in our journey, all things will work out together for good for those who love and obey Him.
For example, when we are sick, we pray to God and ask for the intercession of Saints. Then, after some days, we get well. Yes, we have the medicines, but what if God will take the life? Aren’t these situations evident of miracles?
Once my youngest brother suffered a major heart attack and we all got troubled because doctors said he could have died showing us all the records (Paranaque Medical Center). The other patient in the next bed, younger than him died, but my brother lived. After two weeks, my brother got discharged with no defect of speech nor movement. Only he was advised to go back to the cardiologist for follow up check up, stress tests and maintenance medicines. In this situation, we prayed to the Saints. We asked the intercession of Saint Hannibal, Saint Therese and Mama Mary. When he left the house during that scenario I let him wear a scapular. We prayed should he live or not, it is God’s will. And he lived. Here is life’s second chances.
And there’s more, of course, when all else fails and there is no one to run to, we call the Saints to guide us. Call Saint Anthony, Saint Joseph, St Michael and the holy angels to guard our needs. They come in silence in all our fear, insufficiency and need. God sends them. No explanation validates these miracles, but the wonder of it bears fruits of faith, love and joy. Others would see the light, too and find God in themselves.
Also, take Bertrand Russell’s principle of utility, “There is hardly a person who does not ask himself, when he is faced with a situation which requires decision, whether the course of action he is thinking of embarking upon will be useful to him or not. What is the good of it, what is the point of it, what is the gain from it?”
Russel says that very few men are rational, but Bentham, Mill and other American pragmatists extol the fact that enlightened by a vision, what implies the good of all implies the good of each.
Miracles accommodate the interests of every living creature. Interests because we are carnal, but hope because we are of the Divine. Miracles have no errors. I call it God’s will and God’s grace and mercy. I call it God’s love of which no man can ever explain, but the Holy Spirit.