Thursday, January 18, 2007

Everyday Miracles

Happy New Year!

As the new year gets under way, I have been thinking deep thoughts...well, maybe not so deep. As I review last year, I see that problems which seemed insoluble were not.

I believe prayer had an awful lot to do with getting these problems under control. Thing is, I knew that prayer would do this, even though I had no idea how this would come about. I expected miracles, and I got them.

God is good. He can do whatever He wants, but I know that because He is Love, He will always do what is best for us.

Some people, even some Christians, do not believe in miracles. As a group, Catholics do believe that miracles can still happen.

I realize that Catholics expect miracles. So many of us talk about miracles like they were regular occurrences.

I was talking to a friend some time ago. She was talking about a trip she took with her family to a pilgrimmage site. She said they enjoyed the trip, their rosaries turned gold, they had a picnic...yes. She said in the middle of another sentence that their rosaries turned gold. Yawn. Just another day.

I've already written about the Catholic approach to family planning. Believe it or not, I think this has to do with miracles.

We hear about the miracle of life, but do we think about what we're saying when we say this?

"Yah, sure. Life is a miracle...but I only want one or two miracles." Does anyone actually make that decision?

Children are everyday miracles. They are a part of life as is every person we come in contact with. Does not scripture tell us that we are made in the image and likeness of God? That goes for all of us. Yet the psalmist asks "When shall I see you (God) face to face?"

Think about this. When we see our children and each other, we are seeing God face to face!

So why are people so very reluctant to allow God to plan their families? This doesn't mean that we'll all have fourteen children. I know of a couple very willing to allow God to plan their family...and the plan for them seems to be one child. I know other families that have welcomed ten or more images of God.

What a privilege it is to be able to be a co-creator with God and to have the opportunity to see Him face to face.

What miracles we live with.