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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 a short cut to perfection."
St Philip Neri

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"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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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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