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

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