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44. Miracles of Christ: In Particular

1. It was fitting that our Lord should cast out demons or devilsby a miracle. Miracles are arguments for the faith which Christbrought to men; He rightly released, by the miracle of expellingevil spirits,persons whose thralldom to demons prevented themfrom accepting the faith.

2. Our Lord wrought miracles in the heavenly bodies, as inthe darkening of the sun at the hour of crucifixion (Luke 23:44,45). This was a striking proof of his Godhead, the central truth ofthe faith which his miracles make manifest.

3. Our Lord showed his divine power and his saving missionto men by his miracles wrought on human beings. Scripture tells(Mark 7:37) how the people welcomed these miracles, and cried outin praise of them: "He hath done all things well; he hath madeboth the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak."

4. Our Lord worked miracles on irrational earthlycreatures, as when he caused the fig tree to wither away, changedwater into wine, made the earth tremble and quake as he died on thecross. All these things were done for man's benefit. It wasright that man should be made aware of our Lord's divinity bymeans of miraculous signs of his absolute control over every kindof creature: spirits, heavenly bodies, men, irrational earthlybeings.

"Men should often renew their good resolutions, and not lose heart because they are tempted against them."
St Philip Neri

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"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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