A Day of True Miracles!
Who says miracles do not happen? It was a Thanksgiving Holiday Monday when we travelled to a farm located just outside of Peterborough, in the Town of Marmora, Canada. The farm is named Greensides, and was donated by the owners as a place for people to pray the Stations of the Cross and worship God. On many occasions there have been large pilgrimages, with thousands of people attending the grounds, but on this particular Monday there were only a few worshipers that could be seen. The air was still and quiet and the bright sun made the fall colours appear dazzling.
Our mission for the day was to pray the Stations of the Cross that led up into the hillside but before we began the journey, I noticed two women sitting on a bench closeby. I was interested in what they were looking at so I walked over to them. One of the women had just taken a picture of the sky with one of those cameras that produce photos instantly (you hold it for a moment and the image appears). In the photo was the sky and directly in the center was what looked like a large doorway made of white light. It was quite beautiful, and I felt very grateful to be a witness to this photo. The women and one man (a group of four in total), then started off to do the stations of the cross. We decided to tag along slightly behind them.
As everyone prayed at each of the stations the Holy Spirit was very strong. No one seemed to mind kneeling on the rough ground. There was a quiet peace that surrounded us. I had tears run down my face for no other reason than the pure gratefulness of being in the presence of God. As we continued, on the path to each of the stations, a member of the group noticed I was following behind and warmly invited us to join them. One of the women held a small ceramic statue of the Virgin Mary. I noticed that after our prayers, at every station, she would hold the statue up like she was offering it to Jesus.
We arrived at the tenth station and we began to say the rosary. Each of us took turns leading one of the decades. When we were finished our Mother showed her appreciation. The air became filled with the beautiful smell of roses. You wanted to look around for flowers but there were none. Only the sweet smell of the Mother's presence lingered with us as we continued on our path, through the Stations of the Cross. I felt peaceful from the quiet stillness around us that was accented by the gentle singing of hymns. The soft singing voices of the group echoed to heaven and touched me deeply. When we arrived at the last station we had been praying for four hours, but no one appeared to be tired. We looked upon a magnificent statue of our Lord and we completed our petitions and prayers. Once more our Mother showered us with the beautiful smell of roses, and once again my heart swelled with gratitude.
When we completed the final station, the members of the prayer group formally greeted us with all the joy and sincerity of Christ. The lady with the statue came over and showed it to me. I could see what looked like oil coming from it. I took some on my finger and made the sign of the cross. I should have been amazed by this and all the other miracles that occured during the day but instead my heart was filled with a renewed strength. God generously revealed His presence in so many ways and for this I was thankful. It surely was a day of true miracles.
The Holy Spirit is the inspiration for sharing this very powerful Catholic Prayer ~
The Miracle Prayer
Lord Jesus, I come before Thee, just as I am, I am sorry for my sins, I repent of my sins, please forgive me. In Thy Name, I forgive all others for what they have done against me. I renounce Satan, the evil spirits and all their works. I give Thee my entire self, Lord Jesus, I accept Thee as my Lord God and Saviour. Heal me, change me, and strengthen me in body, soul, and spirit.
Come Lord Jesus, cover me with Thy Precious Blood, and fill me with Thy Holy Spirit, I love Thee Lord Jesus, I praise Thee Lord Jesus, I thank Thee Jesus, I shall follow Thee every day of my life. Amen.
Mary, My Mother, Queen of Peace, St. Michael the Archangel, and all the Angels and Saints, please help me. Amen.
Say this prayer faithfully, no matter how you feel. When you come to the point where you sincerely mean each word with all your heart, Jesus will change your whole life in a very special way. You will see.
Prayer © 1993 Servite Fathers, O.S.M.
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