Perhaps the greatest tragedy of our age is that Catholics are becoming more and more unaware of the reality of who they are. God has given us the gift of participating in his life. It is clear that we should take an active part in that wondrous, sublime and unending reality. Others deserve to see, hear and experience our love for the truth of the Catholic Faith that they too may find the treasure buried in the field (Mt. 13:44 ff.).
The Bishop mentioned the case of a man who stopped persecuting the Catholic Church. “After converting to Catholicism he was asked to pray for a paralytic. He did it even though he did not want to; the next day, the paralytic rose and walked towards the church.” The newly converted man was so shocked by this miraculous experience that he started attending mass and “is now a very active member of the parish.” When the Bishop describes miracles that have taken place people in Europe sometimes say: “Hey, bishop, you’re telling tales.” But despite the incredulity he insists, “I am told about many cases of healing which we cannot ignore.” Is this a part of a new missionary age?