The Modern Brain is Inept

Why does the modern world heap scorn on those who have experienced the inexplicable? Society’s cynical attitude simply coerces most legitimate eyewitnesses into silence; only quacks speak out. Of course society’s prejudice is simply reinforced.

Courageously or perhaps foolishly, I have already written about two of the many miracles which are an intricate part of my life, a physical healing and a single tank of heating oi which simply never ran out all winter. However this particular incident was even more unnerving because we observed the inexplicable with 20/20 vision. When my 17-year old daughter, who questions and argues about everything, grudgingly admitted that only a miracle can explain what happened, I cannot keep silent.

This puzzling divine intervention was really frivolous. We would have simply made do with what we had. Michael was installing oak wainscoting in the bathroom, hall and down the main staircase of our 140-year old home. He had held on to this wood for twenty years and now that we finally owned a home, he was free to install it. Unfortunately even before the first landing, it was obvious that there wasn’t enough of the dark oak. We resigned ourselves to using a wider, lighter panel for at least an entire wall.

Let’s just say that after my husband completed the entire stairway in dark oak, there was just as much wood in the piles as before he had even begun. Just to make sure we realized the full ramifications of this divine intervention, the pile of cut ends was at least 2 m. high, making the total wood waste more than the amount of wood in the beginning. This demonstration of extravagant love shocked us. God was probably laughing at our confusion and questions.

Why would God bother to work a miracle like this? Usually, any intervention from God has filled a real need.  All we could come up with is that He indeed is in charge, in control and will meet all our needs effortlessly. It has nothing to do with fasting, prayer or our holiness but has everything to do with His grace, mercy and sense of humour when we live as His children.

10 thoughts on “The Modern Brain is Inept

  1. Amazing story — truly wonderful. Thank you.

    — All we could come up with is that He indeed is in charge, in control and will meet all our needs effortlessly.—

    It strikes me this way … it has to do with your witness and vocation as a family. The life of Christ and of the Church is in the family – that is, with parents and children. The Joy of Mothering – a rare, beautiful and desperately essential message. A Catholic family of 9 — openness to grace and the culture of life. Let’s rephrase your first question: “Why does the modern world heap scorn on those who discover joy in the Catholic life of a large family?” Of course, we will hear the fearful, distrusting words quite often: “we could never afford that!” People cling to that idea and thus never bring life into the world, and never fulfill their potential as a family.

    But here we see it — with 20/20 vision. Yes, we have a Father who will provide, with an almost incredible abundance, overflowing. Do we think He will forget those who turn to Him in their need?


  2. I like your noting that it has nothing to do with our holiness, fasting, etc. It’s God’s benevolence toward us who are undeserving at all times, and His sense of humor as you said. I just love it. I wonder when He sneaked all that extra wood in there?


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