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178. Miracles

1. The knowledge brought to men by prophecy, by the giftof tongues, and by the gift of words, needs to be authenticated asrevealed truth. This is done by the working of miracles. The giftof performing miracles is, therefore, a gratuitous gift andgrace.

2. A miracle is a wondrous fact or event, beyond the powerof any creature, and produced by almighty God. In the working of amiracle, God often uses a human being as his instrument;in this case, the human being has the gratuitous grace and gift ofmiracles. Now, it is possible that the human instrument of a divinework should not be himself a holy man. For the divine work ofmiracles is meant to prove truth, and even a sinner can teachtruth. But there are miracles which are wrought to prove theholiness of the person who is their instrument; in this case, to besure, the truth confirmed by the miracle and the holiness of theinstrument are one and the same thing.

"The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and his spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Obedience is a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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