When John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you he who is to come or shall we look for another?”  And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see, the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them.”  Matthew 11: 2-5

I doubt very much if the message of Jesus would have caught on like it did were it not for the signs and wonders that he performed. To this day the signs and wonders that accompany the “good news” (or gospel) give witness to the divinity of the Christ. For example, since Mary appeared to Bernadette in 1858 and the spring sprang up where none had been before, millions have visited the Grotto in Lourdes, France, to bathe in the healing waters. Many have claimed healings of one sort or another and the Lourdes Medical Bureau of doctors was formed to investigate claims of miracles. Only 68 so far have been called medically inexplicable. Because of the difficulty of proving a healing of any sort, healings are not my favorite sort of miracle. Real though they may be, they require testimonies and medical documents, and there always remains the question of mind over matter — a psychosomatic healing that can be labeled natural rather than supernatural.

In his book Miracles C. S. Lewis writes: “I use the word Miracle to mean an interference with Nature by supernatural power. Unless there exists, in addition to Nature, something else which we may call supernatural, there can be no miracles.” As Lewis explains, if naturalism is true, we know in advance that miracles are impossible. Nothing can come in from outside because there is nothing outside. That is the problem with miracles. The nay-sayers know they are impossible and therefore even the currently inexplicable must have a natural cause which we still don’t understand.

The kind of miracles I like are the ones in which there is something tangible, visible, and physical that can be visited, seen, touched, and studied. I like them because I can say, “Look at it, review the studies, tell me how it happened. Until you can explain it to my satisfaction, I’m calling it a miracle.”

My first such “miracle” I have already discussed on this blog. I find the Shroud of Turin inexplicable and wonderful. Please refer to my previous post.

My second such “miracle” is the tilma in Mexico City that depicts Our Lady of Guadalupe. I had planned to write about it but just a few days ago received an e-mail with an attachment that told the story so beautifully that I thought I’d let it speak for itself. It is a slide-show titled Discoveries about the tilma of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The claims on this presentation are so astonishing anyone would want more information.  I must confess that when I was in Mexico City a few years ago and first heard that there were little people in the virgin’s eye I thought someone must have had an overactive imagination.  Viewing the slide-show this time around, I still couldn’t see any little people.  But following this link and the sites it leads to (sorry, some are in Spanish and Portuguese), well, come to your own conclusion.

Enjoy.  Let me know what you think.

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There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.  Shakespeare, Hamlet.