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Ronald Roy — May 6, 2015

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a miracle as “an extraordinary event manifesting Devine intervention in human affairs”. I’m lucky to have personally experienced two miracles, one each from the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St.Therese of the Child Jesus, and to have witnessed a third, again from her.
The first miracle resulted from my devotion to her “rosary” of 24 Glory Be’s. A few months after I stopped saying her rosary, I came home from work to behold my bedroom inexplicably bathed in a powerful rose fragrance. I knelt down to say her rosary, and the aroma gradually dissipated as I closed out the 24th Glory Be.
The rest of my family were not home at the time, and I held the only key to my bedroom which had been locked the whole afternoon. A maid who opened the door for me witnessed the entire incident, and she swore roses had not been delivered to the house.
My second encounter with St. Therese happened on her feast day. My wife and I had just heard Mass in Mega Mall, and she was dejected because she had failed to buy a bouquet of roses for the saint. As we reached the top of an escalator, she stopped to tell me she smelt roses.
Smelling nothing, I looked around but saw nobody within 20 yards of us. Then I moved within eight inches of her, and I whiffed the floral fragrance; but outside of that range, there was no scent. After my wife joyfully thanked St. Therese, the aroma slowly left her halo.
At 2 in the morning over a year ago, as I rose from bed to answer nature’s call, the bedroom was suddenly filled with a bluish glow. At its center was the silhouetted image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a pose similar to that of His statue at my home’s altar. The image was gone in a few seconds.
Miracles just blow you down because none of your five senses nor the rest of science can explain them. They have the power to strengthen your faith and improve your life. Surely, you’ve witnessed some even without being aware of their Divine nature. Remember always: God’s interventions often happen, as He is very concerned about mankind’s welfare.
However, I wish to clarify that: while miracles are acts of God and others acting by His grace like angels and interceding saints, not all acts of God are miracles. For whatever reason that suits His plans, God may intervene in our affairs even without our supplications.
God has given all of us the ability to develop the discernment needed to recognize His miracles in our daily lives. He intervenes in order to manifest His unbounded love and mercy, and His mandate for peace and justice. So, if Mary Jane Veloso’s reprieve was a miracle, it will be interesting to know what His specific message was.
However, that debatable point is academic because the reprieve doesn’t qualify as a miracle, it being explainable. And the dispute hardly matters because the reprieve paves the way for an inquiry that may yet confirm her claim of innocence, bust a suspected drug and human trafficking syndicate said to be responsible for her ordeal, and strengthen our foreign relations with Indonesia. That is quite a boon that’s enough to be grateful for.
Incidentally, what is most annoying is the shallow controversy over who gets the credit for the reprieve, instead of attention being called to the needed institution of a system that maximizes protection for departing OFWs, particularly against drug and human trafficking syndicates preying on them.
Let us be grateful to all of Veloso’s supporters, especially those who, for over three sweltering days, lit candles, prayed, screamed human rights slogans and held vigils during pressure-generating demonstrations in Cabanatuan City, Makati City and elsewhere.
Let us thank P-Noy for coming to her rescue — in a “decisive move”, according to his propagandists — even as Indonesian President Widodo himself said that it was a demand from his country’s militants, many of whom had been similarly victimized, that convinced him to suspend Veloso’s execution.
If there is anything about Mary Jane Veloso’s “miracle” worth taking to heart, it is the theological principle that God tends to grant a favor more to two or more people praying for it than to just one supplicant. In other words, the greater the number of people are joined in a prayer, the greater the likelihood of the prayer being granted.
Mary Jane’s story also reminds us that miracles will not come by easy by just sitting around — a cultural trait pervasive among Catholic communities — because the Lord never rewards indolence. He helps those who help themselves.

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