Sunday, September 18, 2011

Faith is Greater than Gold or Silver

Bodies are burdened in athletic pursuits for Glory but it means much less than those infirmities which we must bear with patience in the spirit of Christ Crucified.

This woman was a national gymnast who competed for her Italy and her abominable cancer was inoperable. Yet, the Glory of God would come forth in hear greater than in trinket won in sports.

Sr Enrichetta’s beatification was set in motion by a miracle. In February 1994, 18-year-old gymnast Stefania Copelli was dying of abdominal cancer. As she laid in bed, her aunt, a Sister of Charity, sat with her praying and placed a holy picture of Sr Enrichetta on her niece’s abdomen. The young woman got better, the cancer left her body and she is now a mother of two.

It is worth noting why God would chose to bring about this cure with the use of an image as opposed to just prayer. God is unable to deceive, and he wishes to be very clear about the instruments that bring about his grace. It is a consolation to those following the example of this Blessed Sister that if they are faithful they will obtain Heaven as their mother and friend did and that we might go to her the heavenly court to be our advocate. If a doctor treats a wound with medicine and it does not work and then treats a wound with another medicine and it immediately works it does not take a great leap of faith to believe the second medicine was more effective.

It is not just that the saint was invoked, but that many people saw that her picture was used. So the many would believe in her intercession.

So it is with the Saints as well. The Apostle Peter in the Acts of the Apostles need only to cast his shadow on a person for them to be healed by God.

Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that when Peter came, his shadow at the least, might overshadow any of them, and they might be delivered from their infirmities. Acts 5:15

To read a more thorough account of her miracle follow this link to Google translate (unfortunately there are certain errors such as a switch between feminine and masculine words).

[1] Calleja, Claudia. The Prison Sisters. The Sunday Times. September 11, 2011

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