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Would You Like To See A Miracle? Here Are Two Of Them…


 

As a full time Catholic lay evangelist, I spend a lot of time speaking and writing about God’s miraculous power. Even though the Bible assures us that “with God, nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37), our human side often says, “Yeah, right!”. We can read countless stories of miraculous healings in the pages of Sacred Scripture, but somehow we have difficulty trusting when faced with a crisis in our own life. Like the Apostle Thomas, we often need some visual proof that miracles really do happen.

Sixteen years ago, after struggling with infertility (and, believe me, it was a struggle), my wife Eileen and I were THRILLED to discover that she was pregnant. We were even MORE THRILLED to learn that we’d be having twins! That excitement lasted for one hour, when we received a call from the doctor informing us that both babies were in serious danger. The following day, we were told that our twin girls were suffering from Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, which is often fatal. What was especially difficult in our case was that Eileen was only in her 18th week of pregnancy. At the time, there was very little that could be done medically, but the doctors were going to “try” to do whatever they could. We were devastated.

Immediately, we named the girls (Mary and Elizabeth) and we began to pray. We wrote to newspapers, called into Catholic radio programs and asked everyone we could think of to intercede for the girls. Although my faith wasn’t the greatest at the time, I prayed as if their lives depended on my prayers. As the weeks progressed we were blessed with more prayers and inspirational messages than we could count. We were also told numerous times that the girls would die. Yes, the doctors didn’t pull any punches with us. Somehow, however, we felt a sense of peace throughout the entire ordeal.

On October 27, 1997, the girls were still alive (although Elizabeth had developed congestive heart failure and Mary was severely anemic) and the doctors decided that it was time to deliver them. Although Eileen was only in her 28th week, this would at least allow them to be treated medically. And so it happened…on this day sixteen years ago, Mary (1.5 lbs) and Elizabeth Zimak (2.5 lbs) were born. Here is what they looked like on that day:

Despite all of the warnings and dire predictions, Mary and Elizabeth were alive. In addition to battling all of their existing medical issues, they would now be faced with additional challenges, due to the fact that they were born three months premature. Eileen and I continued to pray and face life one day at a time. Although there have been many challenges, the Lord has always been there for us. Now, sixteen years later, we can honestly say that we’ve witnessed a miracle. Here’s a picture of the girls taken earlier today, on their 16th birthday:

Now, before you dismiss this post as the “cutesy” gushing of a proud father about his daughters, I want you to remember something. In your lives, you may be facing or will be facing many challenges. You may be told by doctors that you or someone you love has an incurable illness. You may be unemployed and feel that you will never get a job. You may wonder if your children will ever return to Church. In all of these cases, you will be tempted to accept the conventional wisdom of the world and stop believing in miracles. During those times, I’d ask you to remember the story of Mary and Elizabeth Zimak, who are alive and healthy. The Lord can AND DOES still perform miracles. Don’t ever stop believing that. He may not always answer your prayers in the way you’d like, but have confidence that He always answers them in the way that is best.

Finally, Eileen and I would like to wish Mary and Elizabeth a happy 16th birthday. Mom and I love you, girls. Thanks for being such great daughters and for reminding us that God still does perform miracles!

Sometimes The “Healthy” Are The Ones Who Need Healing


 

Even though I’ve never met her personally, I’ve been touched by the plight of Angela Faddis, a young wife and mother who is currently in hospice care as she battles Stage 4 colon cancer. Responding to the plea for prayers by her husband, Chris, I used my website to organize a spiritual bouquet for Angela. To date, over 34,000 Hail Marys have been prayed for her by visitors to my site. Although remaining open to the Will of God, I have been praying for a complete miraculous healing for Angela. While the Lord may still bring about that physical healing, an unexpected phenomenon is taking place. Although Angela has not been healed of her cancer, many people who are praying for her are being healed. What’s interesting is that many of them didn’t even realize that they were sick! Chris Faddis recently posted this on the Support Angela Faddis Facebook fan page:

I’ve heard from several people this week who have begun going back to Church because of Angela’s inspiration. I can’t tell humbling that is as a husband. But I want to just go ahead and encourage anyone else who is reading this page. If you are feeling a tug at your heart to pray more, or go to Mass or Church, or to go to Confession, or to begin seeking forgiveness from someone or to recommit to your relationships… whatever you are being moved to do because of Angela’s journey – PLEASE DO IT! Be not afraid!

You have no idea how much it means for us to know that God is healing other souls through our family’s journey. Angela and I will be praying for all of you who are feeling a tug to get back to Church this weekend, if you need specific prayers, please message us.

Love,
The Faddis’ Family

As Christians, we know that Jesus can heal the sick. We’ve seen many instances of this in the Bible and in our own lives. What we need to learn, however, is who the sick really are. Many times those who are seemingly healthy are the ones most in need of healing. Spiritual sickness is much worse than physical sickness because it can affect our salvation. Although we are saddened when we look at the Faddis family’s situation, much good is coming out of it.

Through her illness, this brave young women is teaching us the value of redemptive suffering. From her bed, she is instructing us in a way that far surpasses anything that can be found in a text book. By accepting his wife’s illness, Chris Faddis is reminding each of us that faith involves looking past the difficulties of life and trusting that the Lord has a better plan. If you want to learn a powerful lesson, please take a few minutes and watch the following video. Let Angela speak directly to you and then listen to singer Tom Booth as he delivers a message that we all need to hear.

This, my friends, is what faith is all about…

Can God Cure Cancer? YES…Give Him A Chance!


 

“Don’t you know God can cure cancer just like a toothache?” (Venerable Solanus Casey, to a woman who believed she had cancer)

Do you believe God can cure cancer? While most of us would probably answer in the affirmative, our minds may change if we or a loved one is diagnosed with the dreaded disease. The developing situation with Angela Faddis has caused me to think about just how often we doubt the Lord’s power, buying into the false belief that some problems are too big for God to handle. Having this mindset will often cause us to not pray about a situation, thinking that there is no hope. If we open up the Bible, however, we’ll see that Jesus says otherwise:

“Ask and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

The Lord’s statement couldn’t be any clearer – if we ask we will receive. Note that there is no disclaimer that cancer or “impossible” situations are not included. He simply tells us to ask and it will be given to us. Out of all the people who approached Jesus for healing in the Bible, NEVER once was anyone turned away. They always received the healing they needed. While there is no guarantee that we’ll always receive a physical healing, we can rest assured that our prayers will be answered in the best possible way (Matthew 7:9-11). We will receive EXACTLY what we need!

When faced with an “impossible” situation, we sometimes give up and think “what’s the use?”…BIG MISTAKE! In 1997, my wife was pregnant with our twins (Mary and Elizabeth) and we were told many times that they would not be born alive. My faith was pretty lukewarm at the time and I remember wrestling with the question of whether or not God could cure them. In spite of the grim prognosis, I wanted to believe that “with God all things are possible” (Luke 1:37). Desperate to help my children, I asked the Lord to increase my faith so that I’d believe that He COULD heal the girls. Amazingly, I began to believe that it was possible. At that point, I began to act. I started to pray, contacted a local newspaper reporter (asking for prayers), spread the word at church, and reached out to anyone and everyone. My wife even called a local Catholic radio show and asked for prayers. Although I didn’t know whether or not God would physically heal the girls, I did believe that He COULD heal them. This was a huge step for me, one which brought me much comfort and strengthened my relationship with the Lord. As the word spread and more people continued to pray, the situation began to improve. The days passed and the girls remained alive, defying the odds. Today, Mary and Elizabeth are healthy 14 year old girls. What would have happened if I didn’t bother to pray (or ask others for prayers), thinking that their condition was hopeless? I don’t even want to think about it!

No matter how hopeless a situation looks, ALWAYS pray about it! If you don’t ask, you may not receive! God’s power is greater than any problem we could encounter. While we can never be sure of exactly how He will respond, we can take comfort that He will answer in the way that’s best for us. If you’re having difficulty believing that the Lord can work miracles in your life, borrow the prayer of the father of the boy with a mute spirit…

“I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

Who Says Miracles Don’t Happen?

On October 31st, I received this email from my friend Mary Ann:

Hello Gary: I have a prayer request for you please. My husband just called me and told me of a friend of ours, Melissa, who is pregnant and due in January.  She was just told that she has breast cancer and it is an aggressive kind.  They are going to take her baby early at 34 weeks so they may start chemo therapy and radiation asap.  This poor girl is such a mess right now.  She called to ask for prayers. That is all she wants right now.  She has another 2 year old child.  I know she is devastated with this news.

I immediately posted the request on my Facebook fan page and many people agreed to pray.  The prayer request was posted on other pages such as one devoted to Mary’s Miraculous Medal.  On Monday of this week,  I received another update:

Hello Gary: I have an update on Melissa! The doctor saw that Melissa was not as far along in her pregnancy as first thought, so that meant if they waited to deliver it would prolong her breast cancer treatment.  Her doctor decided to remove the tumor.  During the surgery the doctor was pleased to find out that the cancer did not spread to the lymph nodes. He believes now that he will not have to do a mastectomy.  She will need radiation and chemo after her baby is born, but the prognosis is much better now!  I know that all of the prayers helped. Everything looked so grim and now Melissa is so relieved!  Thank you for asking your listeners for prayers and for notifying the Miraculous Medal page also.  Melissa was truly amazed of all the prayers!

Great news, right?  It gets even better.  Here is an update from earlier today:

Hi Gary: Melissa just called my husband and told him that her doctor told her yesterday that she is cancer free!!!!  The tumor they removed was cancer, but they were able to remove all of it!  The other nodule that was under her arm was not cancer!!  The doctor found that out yesterday. This is truly wonderful.  She called my husband to tell him that when she read my post about what you did with all of the prayer requests she just cried and cried!  Now, she called my husband this morning and said, “I know that it was all of those prayers that made this happen!”  Praise God! I just wanted you to hear this from Melissa!

What do think about that news…is that great, or what?!  While some will call this a coincidence or give all the credit to the doctors, we know better.  We know that there is one doctor who cured this woman and his name is Doctor Jesus.  We also know that His nurse, Nurse Blessed Mother Mary, provided assistance with her intercession.  

Although the Lord doesn’t always perform physical healings, stories like this remind us that He can do them.  Let this be a reminder to all of us that prayer really does work.  Thank you, Lord, for allowing Melissa to be healed of the cancer.  Please continue to heal her and allow her to have a safe delivery.

Thank You, Jesus!

 

The Healing Of The Paralytic Man

On today’s episode of Following The Truth, we discussed the Healing of the Paralytic Man.  This miracle, as told by Matthew, Mark and Luke (Mt 9: 1-8, Mk 2: 1-12, Lk 5:17-26) reminds us of the importance of spiritual healing in our lives.

The Lord can certainly heal any physical ailments that afflict us, but, more importantly, He can heal the spiritual illness of mortal sin through the Sacrament of Confession.  If it’s been a long time since you’ve received His healing through this Sacrament, considering doing it soon…Jesus is waiting for you!

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