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Jesus Christ Never Changes!

 

Catholic speaker and author Gary Zimak reminds us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever

Are you facing a difficult problem?

Are you losing hope?

Do you feel as if you have no place to turn?

Are you searching for peace?

Do you need a miracle?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrew 13:8)

The same Jesus who cured the sick, changed the water into wine, walked on the water, raised the dead and ascended into Heaven two thousand years ago still exists today.

Saint Teresa of Avila once heard someone say: “If only I had lived at the time of Jesus… If only I had seen Jesus… If only I had talked with Jesus…”

She replied, “But do we not have in the Eucharist the living, true and real Jesus present before us? Why look for more?”

Not only can we turn to Him in prayer, but we can receive Him in the Eucharist. We can visit Him in churches and adoration chapels around the world. Best of all, we can allow Him to work miracles in our lives. The Lord may look a little different, but make no mistake that He’s still the same as the man we read about in the gospels.

The only person that can keep you from a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ is YOU! Don’t let that happen. He is knocking on the door of your heart. Open the door and let Him in. You’ll never regret it!

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Gary Zimak is the author of “Faith, Hope & Clarity: How To Know God’s Will”, “A Worrier’s Guide To The Bible”, “Listen To Your Blessed Mother”, and “From Fear To Faith”. He is a frequent speaker at parishes and conferences across the United States and Canada, has an international radio following and is recognized as the leading Catholic speaker on the topic of overcoming anxiety. In addition to hosting his own daily radio show on BlogTalkRadio, Gary is a regular guest on EWTN television and radio.

With God, All Things Are Possible! Here’s Proof…


 

Catholic speaker, author and homeschooling Dad Gary Zimak discusses the miracles that God has performed in his life.

“Don’t Look Back!”

How many times have you heard that advice? While it makes sense in some cases, looking back can also be beneficial at times. When I look back through the years, I’m amazed at the many miracles that the Lord has worked in my life. He has done the “impossible” more times than I can count. And yet, like many of you, I sometimes forget and begin to panic when faced with a frightening situation.

In this month’s issue of Seton Magazine, our friends at Seton Home Study School were kind enough to let me tell the story of some of the miracles God has performed in the life of the Zimak family. While the article centers on our experience with homeschooling (something my wife and definitely thought was impossible before we tried it), I list many other examples of God’s miraculous intervention in our life.

I hope that reading the article will inspire you to reflect on the many times that He has done the impossible in your life. Furthermore, I hope that you’ll be encouraged to give Him a chance to work future miracles in your life. Whenever you’re tempted to say that something isn’t possible, remember the words of Jesus…

“With God, all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

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!

Happy 15th Birthday, Mary & Elizabeth!


 

On this day, 15 years ago, I got to witness a miracle. After being told for several months that our daughters would probably not be born alive, Eileen and I welcomed Mary and Elizabeth Zimak into the world. Although they weren’t due for another 3 months, the doctors felt that delivering them prematurely would give them the best chance for survival. They were right. Today, the girls celebrate their 15th birthday and are completely healthy!

Sometimes I forget the slim odds as the girls were afflicted with Twin-to-Twin transfusion syndrome (a very serious condition that affects identical twins), how Mary only weighed 1.5 pounds when she was born, how Elizabeth was born with congestive heart failure and how they both faced numerous medical issues related to their prematurity. On this day each year, however, I don’t forget. I remember all of the negative comments made by the doctors. I remember how the initial diagnosis shattered the joy of our first pregnancy. I also remember the prayers of many people and the peace that Eileen and I felt in the midst of a full blown crisis.

This Sunday’s Mass Readings feature the story of Bartimaeus the blind beggar. When he called out to Jesus, he was told by the crowd to be silent, but he ignored them. Instead, this desperate man called out again and was healed by the Lord. Two thousand years later, we still encounter many people who will tell us that our faith is unrealistic and that God can’t perform miracles. They’re wrong. He can AND DOES still perform miracles and I have two of them living in my house!

Happy Birthday, Mary and Elizabeth Zimak. Mom and I are so proud of the great young ladies you’ve become. Every person who has ever met you have told us how “sweet” you both are. I always believed that you would help many people if you were allowed to live and you’ve done just that. By being so kind to everyone, you’re imitating Jesus and that’s exactly what we’re all supposed to do. Thank you for bringing so much happiness to Mom and I.

WE LOVE YOU!!!

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)

Begging For Scraps

 

“Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Then He said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”  When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone. (Mk 7:28-30)

While at Mass this morning, I was moved by the encounter from today’s gospel (Mk 7:24-30).  A Syrophoenician woman fell at the Lord’s feet, begging for a demon to be expelled from her daughter.  Jesus responded with a seemingly harsh comment that would have probably angered many of us, “Let the children be fed first. For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  Unfazed, the kneeling woman then replied, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Jesus then healed her daughter BECAUSE of what she said.

May I always find myself like that woman, KNEELING before the Lord, HUMBLY accepting His response (even if I don’t like it) and PERSISTENTLY asking for the graces I need to get through the day and remain close to Him!

Do Whatever He Tells You!

 

A few nights ago on my nightly radio show, I discussed the Blessed Mother’s important role at the Wedding in Cana and the significance of her last recorded words in Scripture, “Do whatever He tells you”.  One of my listeners, Kathy Bowles, was so touched by the show that she (astonishingly) transcribed the entire broadcast!  Not wanting to let Kathy’s amazing effort work go to waste, I’d like to share it with all of you in the hope that it may help you as well.  Thank you, Kathy!

Do Whatever He Tells You – The Blessed Mother Mary’s Final Words in Sacred Scripture (transcription of Gary Zimak’s Radio Program on 1/12/12)

If we do whatever Jesus tells us, then one day we will one day live with Him in Heaven.  The problem is we want to do whatever we want to do, and sometimes it is difficult to listen to what Jesus tells us.  In the story of the wedding at Cana, we do not know the names of the bride and groom, but we do know that the Mother of Jesus was invited.  Jesus and his disciples were there as well.  During that wedding feast, Jesus performed his first miracle, which was changing water into wine.  Mary told us to do whatever He tells us – and there were NO exceptions.  The church has always interpreted this to mean that we should follow the Lord’s commandments, and that those words were not just directed at the servants at the wedding, but to each of us.

John 2:1 – On the third day, there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee and the Mother of Jesus was there.  Mary is highlighted in this story.  John includes details for a reason.  If John is including the fact that Mary is at the wedding, there is a reason.  It’s not just something that is “thrown in” – Mary is mentioned first.  And why is that?  Because Mary plays an important role in this miracle.  And then John mentions that Jesus also was invited to the marriage with His disciples.  Mary even gets mentioned before Jesus in this miracle.  This is not to say that she is divine or that she actually “performed” the miracle, but it is just to draw attention to Mary’s importance in what is about to happen.

When the wine failed, the Mother of Jesus said to Him, “they have no wine.”  Just a simple statement.  Not even a request.  Just a simple statement.  She went up to her son.  She did not need to say much, because she knew what He would do.  “They have no wine.”  And Jesus said to her, “Oh woman, what has this to do with me?  My hour has not yet come.”  Now this is sometimes a point of confusion.  People who do not want to give the Blessed Mother any credit, who want to discredit her role or downplay her importance, express the opinion that Jesus is rebuking His mother.  Well, nothing could be further from the truth.  The fact that He is calling her Woman in reference to the original woman, Eve.  Mary is the new Eve.  It also is a title used for queens.  It is an honorable title.  He is not talking down to her.

“My hour has not yet come.”  There are a number of reasons why our Lord could have said this.  One of the most plausible is that He wants to show us the importance of Mary’s intercession.  His hour has not yet come.  He has not yet started His public ministry.  He has not performed His first miracle.  But at the request of Mary, when Mary brings to His attention that there is a problem, what happens?  Immediately  after Mary says to the Lord, “They have no wine,” she turns to the servants and issues her last words in Sacred Scripture, “Do whatever He tells you.”  Note that she didn’t come back and argue with Him.  Why is that?  Because: #1:  She trusted him; and, #2.  She knew what He was going to do.  Mary and Jesus understand each other.  Mary’s will is always one with the will of the Lord.  She knew what He would do.

Obviously, Our Lord was going along with Mary’s request, responding to her statement.  If He was rebuking her, he wouldn’t perform the miracle. That is another reason why we know that Our Lord listens to His Mother.  The servants filled the jars with water;they filled them up to the brim, as Jesus instructed.  He said to draw some out and take it to the steward of the feast. So they took it – they were listening to Him.  The steward of the feast tested the water, now become wine, and did not know where it had come from.  He then called the bridegroom and told him, “Every man serves the good wine first, but when the men have drunk freely, they substitute the poor wine.  But you have kept the good wine until now.”  This is the first of the signs that Jesus did at Cana in Galilee and manifested His glory; and his disciples believed in Him.  This is one of the reasons John refers to Jesus’ miracles as signs.  They were not acts of magic. They were signs of His glory.  And people saw this.  As humans, when we see miracles we are awed, we are stunned.  We realize God is in our presence.  Jesus had to establish the fact that He was the Son of God and miracles were a means of illustrating that fact.  And the beautiful thing about this miracle is that, the Lord replaced the wine with even better wine.  Not only did Jesus listen to Mary, not only did He honor her request, but He exceeded it.  And that is a lesson for each of us.

From an old prayer book, the Our Lady Book (by Fr. Lasance) : “How admirably sublime the position occupied by Mary in this circumstance at Cana.  The Redeemer states openly and emphatically that His Hour is not yet come for the public manifestation and exercise of His miraculous power.  And yet, He actually works a great miracle at the modest request of His mother.  They have no wine – that is all she said.  Thus, the eternal decrees of God are, as it were, accelerated or even anticipated for the purpose of sparing the young couple mortification.  And this is done out of regard to the blessed Virgin.  Here, we may discover what wonderful and extraordinary power Mary has with God. Moreover, the thoughtful and kind Virgin Mary points out to us the conditions under which help is to come from God when she says to the servers, ‘whatever He says to you, do ye’ .”

The author of this prayer book is telling us that if we want to get our prayers answered, do whatever Jesus is telling us.  If we would but throw ourselves with faith and confidence unconditionally into the hands of the Savior resolving to tread in His footsteps, to keep His commandments, God would help us – and even be ready and willing to come toward us in a supernatural manner, when all ordinary and natural means fail to sustain us.

Do you have problems in your life?  Are you facing major crises?  The Lord is standing by to help you.  And our Blessed Mother is ready to come and take you by the hand and bring you to Jesus. And she is going to remind you of these words, “Do whatever He tells you.”  That means following His commands.  Are you following the commandments of the Church founded by Her Son? So many times we pick and choose which teachings of our Lord we wish to follow.  That is not good enough.  Mary says to do whatever He tells you.  The author of the prayer book goes on to say:

“Jesus does even more than what His mother asked him to do.  She wished him merely to extricate the bridal party from an unpleasant embarrassment.  This could have been affected by a new supply of the same quality of wine or even an inferior quality of wine, it being the custom of the country to serve a less expensive wine toward the end of the feast.  But Jesus did more.  He produced a wine so excellent that the chief stewardess was astonished.  What a gentle and suggestive act of attention from Jesus to His Beloved Mother.  This miracle wrought by Jesus out of love for his Mother is well calculated to awaken, to strengthen, to elevate your unlimited confidence in the same Holy Mother.
She had not been asked by the bridal couple of Cana to use her good offices with Jesus. It is probable that they were not aware of the deficiencies in the wine until the whole thing had been remedied.  There is no indication that the bride and groom knew there was a problem. But Mary was so compassionate that she made sure that it was brought to the Lord’s attention even before the people involved knew there was a problem.   Mary, though unsolicited, sought to relieve and supply their necessities.  If you, in your hour of need, pray to this same kind Mother, earnestly and persistently, assailing her, so to speak, by your prayers and your tears, will she not turn toward you a willing and attentive ear?  At the wedding in Cana, it was a question of a very trifling and transitory inconvenience.  If then, you turn toward her in the most important areas of life, where there is a question of saving your immortal soul, of preserving your innocence, of maintaining your very life, where there is danger of offending the Divine Majesty or of dishonoring the Sacred Blood of Jesus Christ, will she act less mercifully or efficiently in your behalf than she did on the behalf of the embarrassed couple at their wedding feast? When at Cana, the Blessed Mother was still sojourning in this valley of tears, but now in Heaven, her position as Queen of Angels, is eminently glorious and influential.  Now it is her special office to act as refuge of sinners, comforter of the afflicted and helper of the sick”.

From her position in Heaven, Mary can help us in tremendous and unbelievable ways. But she expects us to do what Jesus tells us.  For example, Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount do not be anxious.  Matthew 6:25, Our Lord says, “therefore I tell you do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, or what you will put on.  Is life not more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you of not more value than they?  And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to your span of life?   Therefore do not worry about what shall we eat, what shall we drink, what shall we wear.  For the Gentiles seek all these things and your Heavenly Father knows you need them all.  Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all of these things shall be yours as well.”

So there you go – that is a commandment from the Lord – Do not be anxious.  Well, we say, “I can’t help it.”  “I worry.”  Well, stop it!  If you worry, open your bible, say your prayers, and get to Holy Communion as often as possible.  Receive penance as often as you can.  Get those graces flowing. The Lord said “Do not be anxious”!  This is a battle I fight every day. I need to focus on the Lord’s providence.  I have to battle though this.  The minute I see the worry starting to happen, I stop myself and I pray. That is what Blessed Mary expects us to do. The Lord commands us not to be anxious.  You might still be nervous, but pray for assistance.  If you are praying, you are not going to be worrying.  Worrying accomplishes nothing.  Praying has a tremendous effect.

Also in Matthew, we read:  “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to God your Father in Heaven.”   People should be seeing our actions and giving glory to the Father in Heaven.  Is that happening in my life?  Am I living my life in such a way that gives glory to the Father?  If not, I need to work on it.  The Blessed Mother is telling us to do whatever Jesus tells us to do.  Therefore, we can’t ignore His words!

How many times do we hold a grudge and not forgive?  Jesus tells us to not only forgive minor offenses but to love our enemies.  When people do bad things to us – love them!  That is a command of our Lord.  Are we listening?  “Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does them is like a wise man who builds his house on a rock.  When the rain comes, the house built on rock will stand strong.”  Do you listen to the words of the Lord? Are you obeying his commandments?   Or are you taking matters into your own hands and only choosing to obey the commands of our Lord that you wish to listen to? Many times, we only do our “own thing”.  And the same thing applies to the laws of the Church.  Jesus founded the Catholic Church and Benedict XVI is the successor of St. Peter.  Do we listen to the teachings of the Church, or do we disregard the ones that we find unpleasant?  Listen to Mary’s advice and you’ll do just fine… Do whatever He tells you.  If you obey, one day you will be with the Lord in Heaven.

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!

 

Happy Birthday To My Miracle Girls!

Fourteen years ago, on this day, my wife Eileen and I were at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital (in Camden, NJ), getting ready to become parents for the first time.  After several months of hearing that it would be unlikely that our twins would be born alive, the doctors felt that delivering them 3 months early would give them the best odds for survival.  On October 27, 1997, Mary (1.5 lbs) and Elizabeth (2.5 lbs) entered the world!

For those of you who don’t believe in miracles, Eileen and I can tell you that they DO happen.  As evidence, I offer the above picture of 2 healthy young ladies who weren’t supposed to live.  Although it’s easy to panic when we encounter life’s difficulties, it’s important to remember that “with God nothing will be impossible” (Luke 1:37).  As we celebrate the fourteenth anniversary of their birth, we are grateful to Almighty God for allowing Mary and Elizabeth to be a part of our life.  They are a blessing, not only to us, but also to everyone who knows them! 

Happy 14th Birthday, Mary and Elizabeth…WE LOVE YOU!!!