Do you believe in miracles? Exploring the concept of events that seem to defy the laws of nature

Life is interesting, especially when it comes to the unexpected; those little occurrences in life that seem to crop up when we least expect it.

At point in time, just about all of us have played witness to a situation that has no explanation.

So is a miracle only a miracle if someone else says so, or is it like beauty, where it can only be defined as a miracle by the eye of the beholder?

What makes a miracle?

Are some miracles greater than others?

Is it a divine gift or is it a term we mere mortals use to explain the unexplained?

Meet 2-year old Jordie Dore.

Photo Courtesy: KLFY
Photo Courtesy: KLFY

Jordie has down syndrome and with that comes some growth delays.

“She really made me work to get her to walk. It took a lot of work to get her there, but she’s finally took those steps and I only see her continuing to progress from here.” says Kevin Guidroz, Women’s & Children’s Hospital Rehab Director and Jordie’s Physical Therapist.

Jordie’s parents say she was 6 months when she started physical therapy at the Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Lafayette.

Is it possible Jordie is their miracle?

She’s walking and alert to the work it’s taking to do what she sees others do so easily…plus, she brings hope.

"She brings joy and good spirit to everyone she meets." says Terri Dore, Jordie's mother. Photo Courtesy: KLFY
“She brings joy and good spirit to everyone she meets.” says Terri Dore, Jordie’s mother.
Photo Courtesy: KLFY

“She loves it outside, so we put her in some old clothes and let her go.” adds her father, Tommy.

Father Bryce Sibley of The Our Lady of Wisdom Church and Catholic Student Center at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette says in the Christian and Catholic tradition there’s a deep sort of theology rooted in Christ miracles….

“Through out the history of the church…we’ve come to understand miracles as something where God works and transforms creation and nature and often brings a healing.” says Father Sibley.

…and brings forth something not fully explainable through present scientific methods.

Photo Courtesy" KLFY
Photo Courtesy: KLFY

“Is it proven? No. Is it something official in the church? No. Its evidence of the faith of the individual and if it brings them close to Christ, it brings them closer to God and it has deep meaning and sacrifice for them.”

Father Sibley adds that miracles are really left up to the faith of the believer.

Because without faith how can one truly have a miracle if they don’t believe?

“We brought mom in. She was able to see her daughter walk for the first time. Just to see that joy in her eyes was my miracle.” says Guidroz.

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