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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.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"We must not be behind time in doing good; for death will not be behind his time. "
St Phillip Neri

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"Lord, take from me everything that hinders me from going to You. give me all that will lead me to You. Take me from myself and give me to Yourself."
St Nicholas Flue

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