October 22, 2017

News:

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

Parish Priest -

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

What Makes A Miracle?

Since Venerable Father Michael McGivney needs a miracle for him to be beatified, let’s review the process for a miracle to be accepted. The first thing to understand is that only God can perform a miracle, since a miracle is understood to be a suspension of the created natural order. When we say that Father McGivney needs a miracle for beatification, what we mean is that a proven miracle must be attributed to his intercession before God.

Identify
Step one is identifying a possible miracle for which people close to the situation prayed to Father McGivney. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints considers almost exclusively extraordinary physical healings and recoveries, since those incidents usually have verifiable facts such as medical tests and records, as well as objective and widely accepted measurements for diagnosing a serious condition and declaring a person healed. Certainly, there are other types of miracles that involve moral, psychological and spiritual phenomena, but physical healings are easier to investigate and prove in an objective, scientific manner.

Report
How would we identify a possible miracle through Father McGivney’s intercession? Someone must report it. We cannot stress this enough. The only way to learn about a possible miracle is for someone with knowledge of the case to report it to us. So Knights, their families and anyone devoted to Father McGivney must be on the lookout for possible miraculous healings.

Pray
Next to consider is how a possible miracle would be attributed to Father McGivney’s intercession. There has to be positive evidence that people close to the event truly prayed to Father McGivney for the miracle. This is why we urge prayer to Father McGivney in cases of serious illness. When you know someone is facing a serious medical condition, start praying for a miraculous healing and ask family, friends and council members to do so too.

When we find an extraordinary physical healing that included prayer to Father McGivney, we take the next key step.

Investigate
The initial investigation would interview people close to the case, including doctors. If there is a general sense that there is no scientific or medical explanation for the healing, then the evidence will go to the cause’s postulator in Rome. If the postulator finds the case is strong enough, he will send a request to the bishop of the diocese where the possible miracle occurred, asking him to form a tribunal to investigate the case.

Tribunals
The diocesan tribunal is a formal ecclesiastical court, convened under the local bishop, that calls witnesses, gathers testimony, collects medical records and other supporting documents, and ultimately makes a judgment on whether to refer the case to the Vatican. After the case makes it to the Vatican, it is studied by expert panels in canon law, medicine and theology, before going before a board of cardinals, and finally the Holy Father. If the case is judged a miracle through the intercession of Father McGivney, then it is time to set a date for beatification! (Brian Caulfield, Vice Postulator for the Cause of Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney)

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