Friday, July 3, 2009


July 1, 2009
"...{miracles} seem to me to rest not so much upon the faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always."
- Excerpt ~"Death Comes for the Archbishop" by Willa Cather

I often ask people what it is they pray for. Top three responses: Strength, God's will be done, and miracles. That the "miracle" to which they refer is usually a cure for their cancer, or for their loved one to wake up out of coma, or for the test results to come back in their favor. Generally, the miracle is some "outside" chance that things will go their way.

Okay, I'll bite. I will wonder, What is a miracle? "...a miracle is something we can hold in our hands and love," Father Latour, the protagonist states in the dialogue excerpted here. (p.50). And further refining this definition, the character of Father Valliant shares his view of how miracles happen in a moment.

It's the moment where I can see and hear with fine perception what is always there. How simple - and how hard!

How have you experienced miracles - in the moment?

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