Life and death miracles aren’t relegated to biblical history or extraordinary prophets.
Fr. Dan Looney in Sacramento tells about the night last November, after a meeting in the church, when a violent pounding assaulted the church door. Theresa, the last volunteer in the church with Fr. Dan, went to open it.
“A man is in the street… (pant, pant) off his bike… do you have a phone to call 911? I think he’s dead.”
Theresa, a nurse, hurried to the street, immediately began CPR on the lifeless figure, and diligently kept it up until paramedics arrived. As the ambulance pulled away, Theresa turned to the priest and shook her head. “He’s gone.”
But was he? Could Theresa’s CPR make her a modern-day Elijah?
Fr. Dan searched the papers for days, looking over the obituaries, hoping for some news of the man—very curious to learn who the cyclist was and whether he had lived. As the days flew past, the cyclist stayed in the back of Fr. Dan’s mind. A month later, while greeting some parishioners after Mass, he spoke with some friends.
“My brother-in-law suffered a heart attack, but he’s home with us now. He apparently fell off his bike…”
It was the same man. Fr. Dan filled in the details, including where they might retrieve the bike that the brother-in-law feared was lost.
The family described their relative as reclusive and uninterested in church. Would this experience turn his heart? Had the faith of others saved his life?And whatever happened to the sons of the widows of Nain and Zarephath? We never hear about them again.
We focus on the faith of the mothers, the actions of healers, and of Theresa and Fr. Dan, who offer hope in a skeptical world.
Are you called to raise the dead? How do you react when you hear a pounding on your door?