Do miracles really happen and are there miracles in the 21st century just as there were during the life of Jesus?
These are the questions posed in a new book edited and compiled by former Clitheroe, but now Blackburn-based Fr Frankie Mulgrew.
Son of Irish comic Jimmy Cricket, Fr Frankie, who was the assistant parish priest at St Michael and St John’s RC Church, Clitheroe, and St Mary’s RC Church, Sabden, is now a chaplain at the Royal Blackburn Hospital and curate to Holy family and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parishes.
An ex-gangster, a former top-model, an Olympic speed-skating nun along with two Cardinals are just some of the people who set about answering the questions posed in the book, and revealing how God works supernatural miracles in our day and age.
Entitled "Miracles R Us" contributors to the book include John Pridmore, Leah Darrow, Sr Catherine Holum, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Cardinal Luis Tagle, plus many more, who share real-life stories of spiritual and physical miracles. Along with other well-known priests, religious and catholic speakers, readers discover that life-changing miracles of the soul and physical healings beyond current medical explanation happen today in the catholic church.
Sr Briege McKenna shares a story about how a young boy of nine with epilepsy was cured through a healing service, while Fr Timothy Radcliffe recounts how a man who fell from the seventh floor of an apartment block was healed through the prayer of the anointing of the sick.
And Fr Kevin Scallon reflects upon the power of prayer: "I have witnessed the power of Jesus to heal every kind of sickness including depression, addictions…that even modern medicine could not reach.”
The book is published by St Paul’s Publishing (stpauls.org.uk) and all authorship profits go to the children’s charity Mary’s Meals.