December 14, 2018

News:

Fr. McGivney inspires Outreach Programs in Bohol -

Monday, January 8, 2018

Remembering Father McGivney 127 years later -

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – PH visits hospitals in Manila -

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cause of Venerable Fr. McGivney introduced among Singles for Christ members -

Monday, April 17, 2017

Parish promotions of the Cause of K of C founder begins -

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Father McGivney Office – Philippines supports #ActPH -

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The K of C as agents of communion -

Monday, April 3, 2017

What Makes A Miracle? -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Remembering the Saints and our departed loved ones -

Monday, November 7, 2016

Supreme Knight’s Report Highlights Order’s Charity -

Monday, August 15, 2016

Filipino youth promote Fr. McGivney’s sainthood bid during WYD in Poland -

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Father McGivney’s Cause promoted at the 51st IEC -

Monday, February 1, 2016

Knights support Eucharistic congress in the Philippines -

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fr. McGivney’s Cause promoted over Catholic Radio -

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Knights of Columbus Priest-Scholars vow to promote Cause of Fr. McGivney -

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Father McGivney feeding program for the poor kicks-off -

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Working Toward Recovery -

Friday, September 5, 2014

The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest -

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rebuilding lives in typhoon-hit Central Philippines -

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Prayer for the Canonization of Fr. McGivney to be recited as the opening prayer in all council meetings and activities in Luzon State -

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Church’s High Standards

What does holiness look like? How do we describe it? Think of Blessed Mother Teresa, soon to be canonized. Or St. John Paul II. Very different personalities and life experiences; very different ways of living out holiness; yet very much united in responding to God’s grace.
Because holiness is not something we can hold in our hands, and different people may give different descriptions of it, the Church has set some objective measures for declaring a person holy, or a saint. The proof is in the miracle, an extraordinary work of God through the intercession of the candidate for sainthood. The Vatican sets a high standard of proof to protect the canonization process and the reputation of the Church. The last thing any of us want is to have a healing declared a miracle by the Church, and then have it called into question at a later date. When the Church declares a miracle, it must be sure that there is no medical or scientific explanation for the occurrence.
When the promoters of a sainthood cause come to the Vatican with a proposed miracle through the intercession of the candidate, the first reaction is: Prove it! They have a panel of objective medical experts who will carefully examine all of the evidence. And if they can’t find an explanation for this healing, then the Vatican has a board of theologians to decide if the miracle was granted by God through the intercession of the sainthood candidate. Did everyone involved pray exclusively for the healing through that candidate? Or did someone pray mostly to an established saint.
These are high standards for any sainthood cause to meet. There will always be setbacks and disappointments. The Church is careful and thorough because the cause is so important for the faith’s reputation, and the spiritual good of faithful. We are dealing with the things of God and of heaven! Let’s err on the side of caution.
As Vice Postulator of the Cause of Venerable Father Michael McGivney, I hear often from people devoted to him. They tell me about some extraordinary event that happened immediately after they prayed for his help. In most of these cases, it is quite clear that Father McGivney has interceded, but I have to ask if some proof can be obtained. How do we prove that a child returned to the Church because of Father McGivney, or this person got a job through the Venerable Servant of God? Even many physical healings cannot be proven to be miraculous if there was even a small amount of medical intervention.
I tell people: Yes, it was a miracle, but not the kind that can be proven to the Church’s high standards.
So let us continue our prayers to Father McGivney, especially in serious medical cases. God is the one who performs miracles, and we trust that he will grant a sure and provable one soon through his servant Father McGivney.

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