Miracle in a Garbage Dump

Blog 85 May 14, 2018 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE Robert Wise explores the world of Divine intervention from an objective point of view. Can 21st Century people believe that the hand of God touches people in today’s world? Read and you’ll find new insights.

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    Rick Thomas usually wore cowboy boots and a big Texan hat. Living in El Paso, Texas, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico. And always colorful, he was known as an exceptional friend to the poor. When he died, Rick Thomas was buried in a homemade plywood coffin. A thousand people pressed into the church to say goodbye to a man who had lived love and spirituality. Father Rick Thomas, S.J. had been a Jesuit in the Roman Catholic Church.

Father Thomas still has insight for us about the world of divine interventions.

MINISTERING TO THE POOR

One of his significant places of ministry was the garbage dump for El Paso- Juarez. The sheer squalor of this sprawling pit of filth remains overwhelming. Poor Mexicans struggled to survive by living in the trash pit, having children here, and scratching out an existence in the midst of the debris. An untold number of the poverty-stricken live in cardboard shacks made from boxes tossed out in the trash. Fr. Rick regularly marched into the muck to hold religious services for them.

On the occasion of a visit to the United States, Sister Briege McKenna went with Fr. Rick to the dump. Sister McKenna was born in Ireland and entered the order of the Sisters of St. Clare where she became widely known for her ability to pray for the sick. With hesitancy, she walked into the worst squalor she had ever experienced. Sister Briege couldn’t see how any dignity of worship could be manifest in such filth.

To her shock, nearly a thousand people had already gathered when they arrived. The contrast was staggering. These people literally had nothing. Setting up an old table for his altar, the priest went to work.

An old woman walked up, carrying a bundle in her arms. When she unfolded the cloth they saw a little child completely burned from head to foot. The dirty child was filthy and screaming. As she was crossing the mountains, the woman had found the child smoldering and picked him up. She handed him to Fr. Rick.

Sister Briege and Fr. Rick stared at the child that was nearly skinless. Finally, the priest suggested that they place the child under the table during the Communion Service. The service began and the congregation of the poverty stricken prayed with fervor. The Sister could feel the reality of the Holy Spirit descending across the mass of people.

Sister Briege began to weep and wondered if her faith might not be as strong as theirs.

As the Mass ended, they realized the baby had long since stopped crying. The child had crawled out from under the table. Sister Briege gasped! The little boy was happily playing in the sand – totally healed.

The Sister hurried over to the woman and ask, “What happened to him?”

The old woman looked at her with skepticism in her eyes. “What you mean what happened? Didn’t Jesus come?”

While the poor received the Mass, the child received new skin.

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The Carlson Family

BLOG 61 November 13, 2017 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE Robert L. Wise has interviewed people in many states about their experiences with divine encounters. Recognizing the secular mind set of many, he presents the evidence of miracles as he discovered them. Take a good look and see what you think.

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Richard and Jacki Carlson have been our dearest friends for decades. We were eating supper together the other night, when Jacki shared this story.  Their  son (now a grown man) was only nine-years old when he told his mother Jacki that he had a serious stomach ache. She put Chris to bed, but the condition worsened. After a few hours, Jacki and Richard Carlson realized their son was in trouble and took him to a nearby emergency room

After an examination, the staff insisted that he needed immediate surgery for a bowel obstruction. The intestine near the colon was twisted and tissue had been deteriorating. The matter was extremely serious and couldn’t wait. The surgery revealed blockage that turned out to be the size of a football and demanded a colostomy, bag and all. After the surgery, the doctor informed the family that around 10 inches of his colon would have to be removed a number of weeks later. Of course, taking out intestine from a nine-year old boy could create other serious problems, but the section of intestine was dead.

The Carlson were highly alarmed and called their church friends to begin praying. Their particular church firmly believed that the Holy Spirit would be important things and they pursued healing. A team of intercessors gathered around Chris’ bed. People with a gift for intercession prayed fervently. The family applied every insight they could find in scripture. Everyone sensed something important was happening.

Just before the surgery, Jacki told the doctor they were expecting a miracle. He smiled, nodded, but seemed more to be  pandering her. The surgeon expected to remove eight to twelve inches of the intestine in the area of the colon. The Carlson family settled in as the long surgery began.

When the doctor came out, he was shaking his head in disbelief.
Never seen anything like it, he said. That portion of the intestine that was twisted and dying had completely straightened and regenerated. The tissue was healthy and normal.

He didn’t have to remove anything.

“You got your miracle,” the doctor admitted.

Jack and Richard thanked God they had taken a stroll through miracle land.