January 27, 2011

John Paul II Prayers

Recently I learned of a church group praying for a parishioner who's near death. They are praying for the the intercession of Blessed John Paul II for a miracle. The parishioner has lived a long, fruitful life and everyone knows the late Pope has another miracle coming, so it's understandable people of faith would petition thusly. But does it seem somehow more fitting that a nun with Parkinson's would be healed? Is that merely a crypto-clericalism creeping into my thinking, such that only an obviously holy nun "deserves" a miracle? Why shouldn't we pray to JPII indiscriminately and let God sort out the rest? What more shows the glory of God than a miracle in a non-obvious place, like an average grandfather?

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