miracles

The deaf hear and the mute speak — The Meaning of Miracles

Photography © by Andy Coan

There is little doubt, even in the minds of agnostic historians, that Jesus really worked miracles.  After all, the disturbance caused by some of his mighty works was in part responsible for his execution.  He healed on the Sabbath, breaking a rabbinical regulation against medical “work” on the day of rest.  He caused a sensation by raising Lazarus on the […]

Miracles Jesus Could Not Do

Photography © by Andy Coan

Over the last two Sundays, the gospel of Mark has been making it abundantly clear that Jesus is indeed God Almighty, ruler of the world and lord over life and death. But this week we come to a story that leaves us scratching our heads.  Jesus goes to his own native place, and receives a less than jubilant reception.  “They […]

Do not be Afraid to Touch Jesus

"The Raising of Jairus' Daughter" (detail) by Repin

The Gospel for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) comes from Mark 5:21-43 and consists of the accounts of two miracles Jesus performed. Jairus, a synagogue official desperate to save the life of his daughter, seeks out Jesus. On His way with Jairus to restore his daughter, Jesus encounters the woman with a hemorrhage. Mark frequently interrupts one story to […]

Let There Be Ice Cream In Cones: On Determinism and Miracles

Last week I wrote that determinism is not a new idea for physicists, and I wrote that Christian apologists do not accept the deterministic conclusion that everything has a fundamental microphysical underpinning. This bears explaining. The key word is “everything.” As far as physics goes, the material world does seem determined.* Scientists expect matter to follow laws of physics, otherwise, […]

Miracles

“Lucy and the Spellbook” (detail) © by Jef Murray

“No, that’s not the way it works.” The old man looked pointedly over his spectacles at Jill. “But why not?! I mean, if magic really exists, why doesn’t everyone know about it? How come it’s so ‘Hush hush!’?” Father Hildebrandt took off his spectacles and polished the lenses for a few moments. “I can offer you many reasons, but they […]

Too Enlightened To Believe?

"Raising of Jairus' Daughter" (detail) by Ilya Repin

In the days when states of the United States were still “the colonies” and men wore powdered wigs, a new way of thinking captured the intelligentsia of the western world. “The miracle stories in the Bible and the lives of the saints may be quaint, entertaining, and even have symbolic meaning. But certainly we should not take them literally! Oh, […]

The Church is in “this” for the long haul…

Pilgrims at Mass in Lourdes, France (KN / Shutterstock.com)

The morning after I returned from a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, the first guest on my daily radio program was Dr. Mark Latkovik.  Dr. Latkovik is a Professor of Moral Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.  We were discussing an upcoming presentation he was about to give, entitled “Human Rights or God Given Rights; Why the “Right to […]

The Deaf Hear and the Mute Speak – What does it all mean?

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalms 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37. This series usually appears each Wednesday. There is little doubt, even in the minds of agnostic historians, that Jesus really worked miracles.  After all, the disturbance caused by some of his mighty works was […]

Miracles Jesus Couldn’t Do

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) – Ezekiel 2:2-5; Psalms 123:1-2, 2, 3-4; Second Corinthians 12:7-10; Mark 6:1-6. This series usually appears each Wednesday. Over the last two Sundays, the gospel of Mark has been making it abundantly clear that Jesus is indeed God Almighty, ruler of the world and […]

God Grants a Miracle to my Children

My wife and I were discussing the miracles performed by the apostles recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. Miraculous signs are numerous in the history of the apostolic Church. It is no wonder then, that the early Church was aided in its growth as a result of these signs. The fact that the apostles were able to work such […]