Blind woman healed by contact with relics and priestly prayers

This is a great story.

When I wrote about St. Gianna, I offered some points about miracles.

I hereby put to you several points to consider, any of which might serve as a starting point for comments below:

  1. Saints are presented to us by Holy Mother Church for “the two I’s”: imitation and intercession.
  2. As all Christians are called to imitate Christ, we also must experience self-emptying and the Cross, abandonment to providence and self-donation. We must be willing to lose everything.
  3. We are not alone: the Church Militant and the Church Triumphant are closely knit, interwoven in charity. We on earth must intercede for each other and believe and ask for the intercession of the saints.
  4. God makes use of the weak to demonstrate His might and love.
  5. If we do not believe in miracles, we do not ask for them. If we do not ask for them, they will not be granted.
  6. Our life of faith is noticed by non-believers and they are not unaffected.
  7. What a difference a bishop (and a priest) can make!
  8. How often do you invoke the help of the saints and holy angels?
  9. God’s ways are not our ways.
  10. No one is too small to be an occasion of grace for others.

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  1. Michael says:

    This story motivated me to read a bit about St. Sharbel, who was a Lebanese hermit of the Maronite Rite in the mid-1800s. Upon Sharbel’s beatification, Pope Paul VI emphasized the new Blessed’s example as a hermit providing a counterpoint to modern society: “A hermit of Mount Lebanon is enrolled in the number of the Blessed . . . a new eminent member of monastic sanctity has by his example and his intercession enriched the entire Christian people. . . may he make us understand, in a world largely fascinated by wealth and comfort, the paramount value of poverty, penance and asceticism, to liberate the soul in its ascent to God.” And that point is all the more valuable today.

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  3. Dutchman says:

    I love these type of stories God is merciful. Thank you, St. Sharbel. Pray for us and our intentions.

  4. Aquinas Gal says:

    That’s beautiful! I was blessed to also venerate St Sharbel’s relics last spring when they were on tour in the US. I’ve always liked him since I read about him when Pope Paul canonized him. A great saint and a wonder worker!

  5. w0343009 says:

    Another great video about this very story!

  6. Worm-120 says:

    A good reminder to pray constantly about what seems hopeless in our lives.

  7. DetJohn says:

    This great story has been around almost a year. It got almost no play on Roman Catholic blogs.

    Thank you Father Z, for bringing it to light.

    I am a resident Roman of a local Maronite parish.

  8. anthtan says:

    Interesting how the reliquary takes the form of a cedar of Lebanon.

  9. RichR says:

    Beautiful story. Challenging comments from the Pater. Thank you for posting.

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