“Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

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Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this, he cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

John 11

Speaking of miracles today means digging up a past time buried by piles of rubble produced by the most blind rationality, which tolerates nothing if not its self-celebration of its alleged omnipotence of supposedly infallible judgments. In the name of this rationality we have arrived to the negation of all that one cannot touch or see, and that is not material, in this vision there is no space for feelings, or for what belongs to the immaterial.

Many say that true faith does not need miracles to believe, because in believing it is summarized certainty. And it’s true, but the challenge that every creature must overcome is represented by the doubts that.sometimes, beset them. In fact, is it possible to believe in what one does not see? And again, do I have the faith that is truly authentic? The answer is implicit: how much is one willing to do and at what cost?

When asked: “are you the one who is to come?” Jesus replied, “Go and tell John. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed” (Mt 11:3-5). And again the question: “Are You the Christ? Tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and ye believe not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, these bear witness of me … But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works, so that you know and begin to understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.”(Jn 10:25-38)

God the Father gave testimony and credibility to Jesus through the miraculous events which proved His Omnipotence. The words are unfortunately still words, but the facts weigh like stones. It is true that each one can also deny the evidence, but that does not detract from the reality of the facts. Even at that time, the scribes who had come down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul, He casts out demons, but through the chief of the demons” (Mk 3:22).Ridiculous Accusations which show what nonsense is the mind is willing to invent in order to deny the obvious.

Today it is exactly as it was then. Various boards of enquiry, composed of scholars from different disciplines declare that there is no scientific explanation of some instantaneous healing. Some argue that the explanations that today are not possible to prove, will be found in the future, others perhaps less rationalists argue that the healing may have occurred with the divine intervention. The believers are certain that miracles are possible and will occur after the prayers of supplication, after the intervention mediated by the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Saints… As evidenced by the documented cases of Lourdes and other shrines around the world. Read more…

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Presentation of the Lord – February 2nd

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“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Luke 2

 

The Pain of Mary
by Henry Suso

From the Booklet of the Eternal Wisdom

Pure Lady and noble Queen of heaven and earth, touch my petrified heart with one of the warm tears that you poured for the bitter trouble of your tender Son, under the poor cross, so that this heart becomes more tender and can understand you; in fact the passion of the heart is of such nature that nobody knows it well, apart from who has experienced it. Ah, and now move my heart, elect Lady, with your sad expressions and tell me with little meaningful words, which I can remember, what you felt and what you did under the cross, when you saw your tender Son, the beautiful Eternal Wisdom, dying so painfully.

ANSWER: You must feel it as complain and pain in your heart; even if I am free from every suffering now, I was not in that time.
Before arriving under the cross I had felt some large inexpressible pains, especially when I had the first vision of my son maltreated, brutally hit: because of that I lost my strength and so worn out I was lead, under the cross, following my loved son. But your question, that is what I felt and what I did, feel it yourself as far as you can; there is no heart which can feel it completely.

You see, all sufferings a heart ever felt, compared with the unfathomable pain my heart felt in that time, would be like a water drop towards the sea. Therefore understand the following: dearer the Beloved is, more lovable and sweeter (towards us) he is and more unbearable His loss and His death are. Now, whenever was a so tender one born on the earth? Wherever was a more lovable one seen than my unique and lovable Beloved for whom and in whom I had absolutely all that this world could give? Already I was died on my own as I lived with Him, and as soon as my beautiful love was killed, only then I died completely. Like my unique Beloved was unique and He was love beyond every love, so my unique suffering was unique and suffering beyond any other suffering of which it was ever spoken. His beautiful, shining humanity was a lovable sight for me, His worthy divinity was a sweet sight for my eyes, thinking of Him was joy for my heart, speaking about Him was my pastime, listening to His words was like a sound of Harp for my soul. It was the mirror of my heart, the delight of my soul: the reigns of Heaven and earth with all their content, I possessed at His presence. Read more…