Relics and Healing

Some people might wonder why Catholics believe that God can work through relics and other objects. Well, it’s mostly because it’s true. For example, we have from the Bible, this verse:

Acts 19:11-12.

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

So there is evidence, even from the earliest times in Church history, that God can and does work miracles through physical objects.

And so, when I read this story at Maureen Wittmann’s blog, I can only respond with an “AMEN!” and “PRAISE GOD!”

Let me give you a sampling, then I encourage you to head over to her blog for the rest.

The children had just finished their 4-H archery practice in the backyard of Coach Schafer. They put away the equipment in the shed and began to run and play in the front yard. After I figured the children had burned off enough energy, I called them to get in the van. As Buster climbed into the front seat his friend slammed the door after him. Unfortunately, he slammed too quickly and caught four of Buster’s fingers in the door.

Buster fell out of the van, screaming and rolling in the front yard. If this had been another child, I might have chalked it up to overacting, but Buster is the kind of kid who can come in from an ice hockey game with blood pouring from his forehead and not even notice.

I jumped out of the driver’s seat and ran to him. I held him tight in my lap, trying to figure out how and where he was hurt. I could see him holding his fingers in his other hands. Once I was able to persuade him to let me look at the fingers, I could see deep indentations across all four of them. I knew they were broken.

Meanwhile, Coach Schafer’s wife came out of the house and was sitting in the grass with me. She asked if it was okay to pray over Buster. “Yes, definitely!” I exclaimed. She then remembered she had a handkerchief in the house blessed by a priest known for healing. She ran in, got the handkerchief and brought it to Buster. She wrapped it around his hands and prayed that Jesus would heal him. …

The rest will leave you in awe.

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