Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Grace of Jesus Christ within us. Pius XII

It is the Grace of Jesus Christ that is within men that enables them to do good actions. Jesus Christ said "None is good but God alone" (Luke18:19). Yet servants of God and truth have done good cooperating with the Grace of God throughout time. That is because God comes to dwell with us in our hearts "Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Rev 3:20)

When God is unobstructed he can do many great things.

Pinchas Lapide´s enlightening study :[Lapide] was consul general of Israel in Milan and met with many Italian Jews who survived the Holocaust. In his work, Lapide documents how Pius XII worked for the salvation of at least 700,000 from the hands of the Nazis. However, according to another estimate, this figure rises to 860,000.[1]

That type of heroic charity is dumbfounding to say the least; Though it is not improbable when one considers that every Christian in imitating Christ must be willing to sacrifice himself even for the good of his enemies. However Pius XII is not dead and Jesus Christ continues to works through him today.

The woman's husband first prayed for the intercession Pope John Paul II, who was then only recently buried in the crypt of St. Peter's. It wasn't long before the Holy Father appeared to the woman's husband in a dream. The spouse described to Tornielli what he saw that night, "He had a serious face. He said to me, 'I can't do anything, you must pray to this other priest...' He showed me the image of a thin, tall, lean priest. I didn't recognize him; I didn't know who he might be."

Several days passed before he, "by chance," came across a picture of Pope Pius XII in a magazine and recognized him as the man John Paul II had shown him in the dream.

The man wasted no time in bombarding Pius XII with prayers for his wife's healing and following her very first treatments she was declared free of the cancer, the tumor had disappeared. In fact, she was cured so quickly that her doctors pondered the notion that they may have originally misdiagnosed the pathology.[2]

How great are Gods wonders. One might argue though that it is more amazing that Catholics who have prayed for the conversion of Jews sense the time of Christ, who identify the current Jewish religion as false for there rejection of the Messiah, and put themselves at risk of torture and death cooperated to save between 700 and 800 thousand Jews. As god removed them from harm from his servant Pope Pius XII from bodily harm may he bring there souls out of danger through his intercession.

*By the way the Chief Rabbi of Rome after WWII converted to Catholicism.[3]


Sources

1. EWTN: Pius XII Saved More Jews than Schindler Rabbi Sayshttp://www.ewtn.com/vnews/getstory.asp?number=18330

2. Catholic News Agency: Details of Possible Pius XII Miracle Emerge, Jan 19, 2010 http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/details_of_possible_pius_xii_miracle_emerge/

3. Wikipedia : Isreal Zolli http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Zolli

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Make Yourself Clean

Our Lady of Lourdes came at a time in France when skeptical atheism was gaining a great deal of ground. Once again the humble confounded the proud and the Miraculous healing waters of Lourdes continue to heal those today who put a child like confidence of the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to heal them of their ailments as a mother would tend to her injured child.

"And Eliseus sent a messenger to him, saying: Go, and wash seven times in the Jordan, and thy flesh shall recover health, and thee shalt be clean." 2 Kings 5:10

According to this source there are over 5000 miracles that have occurred at Lourdes. [1] Of course Eliseus in the Old testament initially refused to go and wash himself in the river to be cleansed of his leprosy.[1]

So as he turned, and was going away with indignation, His servants came to him, and said to him: Father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, surely thou shouldst have done it: how much rather what he now hath said to thee: Wash, and thou shalt he clean? Then he went down, and washed in the Jordan seven times: according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored, like the flesh of a little child, and he was made clean. Kings 5 13:14
Child like trust is irresistible to the Heavenly Father and with that a lack of trust is detestable. This type though of doubting a cure can be said of those who doubt other aspects. Doubting the forgiving waters of baptism, the forgiveness of sin, the presence of God in the Eucharist etc. With these regular miracles we are able to see it is possible for us to understand the supernatural operations of grace on our hearts and souls.

Here is a list of Miracles many dating up into Modern times of ones that were heavily investigated by Scientists.

One case

Born in 1910.

The Catholic Church has officially recognized the miraculous healing of an Italian woman who visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France more than 50 years ago when she was suffering from a fatal form of rheumatic heart disease. Anna Santaniello, now 94, said her illness disappeared during a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in 1952, reported ANSA. The international Catholic committee that runs the shrine has acknowledged Santaniello as the 67th person to officially healed at Lourdes. In 1964, the Church had declared her case an “extraordinary healing.” Archbishop Gerardo Pierro of Salerno, in southern Italy where Santaniello lives, announced the Church's decision on Sunday at mass. After the mass, Santaniello told the daily Il Giornale that she was diagnosed with the disease as a child and the same illness had killed one of her brothers and a sister. "My condition got worse as I got older and after a while I was confined to bed, barely able to breathe. The doctors had lost all hope for me," she reportedly said.

Source: Catholic News Agency

Sources
[1] Miracle Hunter