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43. The Miracles of Christ: In General

1. Our Lord performed many miracles to prove his teachingtrue, and especially to manifest the leading truth of all histeaching, namely, that he himself is true God as well as true man.Thus he could say to the people (John 10:37, 38): "If I do notthe works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though youwill not believe me, believe the works: that you may know andbelieve that the Father is in me, and I in the Father."

2. The miracles of Christ, like all miracles, are works ofdivine power. For a miracle is, by definition, a work thatsurpasses all power of creatures. Christ is God, and can directlyexercise the divine power in working miracles; as man, Christ isthe instrument through which the miracles are wrought.

3. St. John says (2:11) that the changing of water to wineat Cana was the first of the miracles wrought by our Lord. Christwas then about thirty years of age, and was about to enter upon hispublic ministry. St. John Chrysostom says that it would not havebeen fitting for Christ to work miracles when he was young, beforehe was ready to begin his public life; for then men would havecrucified him before his time.

4. Our Lord said (John 5:36): "The works which theFather hath given me to perfect . . . give testimony of me, thatthe Father hath sent me." The miracles of Christ are a fullproof of his divinity: (a) by their very nature as miracles wroughtfor the purpose; (b) by their manner, as wrought under Christ'sown authority; (c) by the fact that Christ plainly adduced them inproof of his divinity, calling people's attention to them asirrefutable evidence.

"Let no one wear a mask, otherwise he will do ill; and if he has one, let him burn it."
St Philip Neri

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"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"The greatest glory we can give to God is to do his will in everything."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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