Wednesday, 15 September 2010

More Unceasing Miracles - Show A Leg!

Zenyatta, the miracle horse. I believe, I believe, I believe!

My last post generated some nice responses, for which I thank those guilty.

Golden Chersonnese Is worried that I might be unhappy at the paucity of Islamic miracles. No.
That deals with that. My current take on Islam is that it is even worse than Christianity and Judaism, at present, at least. Miracles or not.

Kathleen, a very nice and kindly lady, has thoughts on Fatima. Apparently, the Sun 'danced.'
I don't know quite what that would entail - bouncing about like a balloon? Well how far away from the 'epicenter' was this marvel still seen? Was the Sun dancing at 100 yards and not at 101? What happened to the Sun in Lisbon at the time? In Rome? Any pictures? No movies, I suspect. Be able to 'grab' it on our mobiles now, though! Next time, perhaps.
A more constructive thought on Fatima and Lourdes, why has God, as far as I know, never replaced a missing leg? Now, that would get my attention. Why does He specialise in the internal stuff? Any clue, anyone?

As to the Resurrection, I have looked at the four versions in the New Testament. They differ so widely that no newspaper, apart from the Supermarket tabloids in the USA, would or could run it.
And before anyone tries it, let's not go down the specious road that suggests that because the four accounts differ, means, in some weird convoluted way, that the basic story must be true. (If they were identical, it would mean collusion.) I have seen that tried. No, let's not be so silly. Is one more 'relatively' true than the others?
Relativism, The Bogey Word. The Pope ain't gonna like this...


Br. Francis said...

One day some old men came to see Abba Anthony. Wanting to test them, Anthony suggested a text from Scriptures, and, beginning with the youngest, asked them what it meant. Each gave his opinion as he was able. But to each one Abba Anthony said, "You have not understood it."

Last of all he said to Abba Joseph, "How would you explain this saying?"

He replied: "I do not know."

Then Abba Anthony said, "Indeed, Abba Joseph has found the way, for he has said, 'I do not know.' "

-- Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Patrick O'Gara said...

So, Brother F, when you get a strange pain and go to see the doctor and ask him what's wrong, and he says, "I do not know." you say, "Wow! This doctor is the real thing!"

And when you go to the used car dealer, and he says, "This car is the greatest bargain you will ever make in your life," and you say, "How's that?" and he says, "I do not know," you say, "Where do I sign?"

And when one of the Desert Fathers asks the Abbot, "Why do we live in this rotten old desert, instead of somewhere nice?" the Abba says...
... well, you know what he says.

Br. Francis said...

... Maybe!

Mostly, just wanted to pull your leg ...

Speaking of legs--pulled, missing or otherwise--have you ever read Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People"?

I'd like to stay and have more fun, but I'm off to my sister's wedding today. I'll be back up in your old stomping grounds. The wedding is in Maumee, the reception in Perrysburg. Much important work to do there -- giving away the bride--and serving as bouncer at the bar.

Peace, bro
Br. Francis

Patrick O'Gara said...

Well, I'm glad you didn't pull too hard Brother F, or my leg might have come right off, and then I'd have to go to Lourdes (conveniently close to here) to pray for a new one to grow.

Have a good wedding. Give the gatecrashers hell!

JoyfulPapist said...

JoyfulPapist said...

And the servant's ear at Christ's arrest, of course.

Apparently children can regrow fingertips. But there is nothing miraculous in that.

Caroline said...

Newts, salamanders, geckos....