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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.

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

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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