The State of Virginity

The State of Virginity
I should like you to be free of all worries. The unmarried man is busy with the Lord's affairs, concerned with pleasing the Lord; but the married man is busy with this world's demands and occupied with pleasing his wife. This means he is divided. The virgin - indeed, any unmarried woman - is concerned with things of the Lord, in pursuit of holiness in body and spirit. The married woman, on the other hand, has the cares of this world to absorb her and concerned with pleasing her husband. I am going into this with you for your own good. I have no desire to place restrictions on you, but I do want to promote what is good, what will help you to devote yourselves entirely to the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Friday, November 13, 2009

THE MIRACLES OF MEDJUGORJE

Very soon after the apparitions in Medjugorje, many people witnessed miraculous healings. An old man, Jozo Vasilj, was blind for many years. After washing his eyes with the water in which he put some herbs from the place of the apparitions, he said, "I can see ..."

Then, there was the case of Daniel Setka who became seriously ill - "stiff and blue" when he was only four days old. He was diagnosed as suffering from a combination of spastic hemiparesis and epilepsy. At the age of two and a half, the child was unable to speak or walk and he couldn't even hold his head up. Even after making several pilgrimages to the various shrines in Yugoslavia, his condition remained serious. On the evening of June 28, 1981 (the fifth day of the apparitions) his father carried him up Podbrdo Hill toward the site of the apparition. It was Vicka who presented the boy to the Madonna during the apparition. Following the apparition, the first sign of a healing took place. When the family stopped at the cafe near the church in Medjugorje for dinner after the apparition, the boy suddenly slapped the table and said, "Give me a drink." These were the first words that he had ever spoken. His parents brought him to Podbrdo Hill the next day. Halfway up the hill, they put him down. Little Daniel began to climb over the rocks and standing atop one, he called out in a loud and clear voice, "Mama, look, I'm walking!" His healing was declared complete that day.

The most well-documented healing was probably that of an Italian woman named Diana Basile. She began to show the first symptoms of a profound multiple sclerosis in 1972 at the age of thirty-two. In spite of the expert help of the professors and doctors at the clinic in Milan, she was getting worse. Her right hand began to shake uncontrollably and there was complete blindness in her right eye. Her right knee became so rigid that she found it almost impossible to walk. By the summer of 1983, she became completely incontinent, was unable to lift her right arm and had great difficulty in walking. On 23rd May 1984, she made it to St. James's Church, Medjugorje, to observe that evening's apparition. At the end of the apparition, Basile found that she could walk normally. That night, she discovered that she was no longer incontinent. The next morning, she was able to see with her right eye again. That afternoon, she walked barefoot from Ljubuski to Medjugorje, a distance of six miles, to climb Podbrdo Hill. By the time she returned home, she was completely healed. Ever since then until today, she has remained well.

The most famous person to claim that she had been healed by Our Lady of Medjugorje was entertainer Lola Falana who was also suffering from multiple sclerosis. By 1989, she was confined to either the wheelchair or her bed. One day, she was watching a documentary about Medjugorje. According to her, "When the television showed the crowd of pilgrims which ascend the Hill of Apparitions, I experienced a desire to go there, to walk with them, but my legs were inert, dead. Then, with tears in my eyes, I prayed to the Blessed Mother to heal me, promising Her that if one day I would be able to walk again, I would go there." Within a month, all the symptoms of her illness had disappeared. As promised, she went to Medjugorje.

At least two of those who claimed miraculous healings were themselves medical doctors. One was a general practitioner from the Philippines whose breast cancer had already metastasized. She reported having a spiritual healing at the twelfth and thirteenth stations of the cross on Mount Krizevac. By the time she returned home, all traces of her cancer had disappeared. The other was an Italian pediatrician with an ulcerated colon that had abscessed into a life-threatening fistula. His family came to Medjugorje to pray for a cure. The doctor also prayed at home promising the Virgin Mary that he would go to Medjugorje in person if he were healed. Overnight, the man's fistula closed and he was cured.

Another case which is difficult to dismiss is Charlene Vance's case. In 1986 on Halloween, a tractor ran over her leg. The tibia and fibula were broken in two places and her ankle had been crushed to a pulp. Doctors told her that even if her leg bones could heal properly, she would walk with a severe limp for the rest of her life. Though not a Catholic, Vance joined a pilgrmage to Medjugorje. At the fourth station on Mount Krizevac, a monk in a white habit touched her forehead and leg with his rosary beads which he said had been placed on the stigma of Therese Newman's right hand. Vance spent the night on Krizevac praying. When she descended the mountain the next morning she found that the pain in her ankle was gone. X-rays showed that the bones in her ankle had been completely restored.

The most widely publicized healing is probably that of Rita Klaus of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, a teacher and mother of three children. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 20, not long after her graduation. For 26 years, she suffered from multiple sclerosis. Neither doctors nor medicine were able to help her. By 1986, she had blurred vision and periodic incontinence and had to spend nearly all her waking hours in a wheelchair. As her leg muscles degenerated, her legs began to warp - inward at the knee, outward at the ankle. She could not even sit in her wheelchair without buckling her lower limbs into steel braces. She heard about Medjugorje in early 1986 an started praying to the Mother of God. On the evening of June 18 that year, while she was praying the rosary, she felt an electric jolt running through her entire body. The next morning, she could feel sensation in her legs again. That evening, she could walk without assistance. On the following day, she walked more than a mile to the house of her friend who told her about Medjugorje. And from then till today she is completely well. Her healing is complete and permanent.

Amongst Medjugorje's most famous healings is that of an Austrian nurse named Agnes Heupel. In 1974, at the age of 23, she had been stricken with a paralysis of the right side. The spinal lesions and pulmonary tumour that accompanied it were verified in examinations by four separate doctors. She was confined to a wheelchair most of the time and her memory was gradually eroded to the extent that she couldn't even recognize her old friends. In May 1986, she made the difficult journey to Medjugorje. After the apparition on May 12, she stood like everyone else and began to walk out of the room. Father Slavko came after her, holding her crutch and shouting, "You forgot something!" But she knew that she would never need it again. The following day, she climbed Podbrdo Hill without assistance.

What do these miracles tell us? We cannot deny the fact that something is really going on in Medjugorje. Supernatural events are occurring there. What is the real purpose of these miracles? To help us to believe and live by faith. Miracles do not belong to science but to theology and faith. For those who believe no proof is necessary. For those who don't believe no proof is enough!

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