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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.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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