Are you bold enough to ask for a Miracle?

All saints have unique graces and charisms given to them by our Lord. Did you know that one of St. Francis Xavier’s charisms was the ability to raise the dead? He didn’t raise just one or two people from the dead. Over the course of his lifetime, multiple raisings were attributed to his intercession.

In the town of Malacca, Malaysia, the daughter of a recently-baptized woman died after a grave illness. St. Francis Xavier had been staying in that town but was absent during the illness and death of the young girl. The mother sought St. Francis everywhere, believing his intercession could restore her daughter to health.

The grieving mother approached St. Francis as soon as he returned. She stated that if he, St. Francis Xavier, had been there while her daughter was ill, she would not have died. This mother had the same faith as the Roman Centurion (Matt 8:5-15 and Luke 7:1-10) and Martha and Mary (John 11:32); she knew that nothing was impossible for God. She knew the intercession of St. Francis could return her daughter to life.

How often do we approach God with this attitude of hopeful expectation, asking him to help us? Often, we run to God at the last minute, asking him to perform miracles for us. But do we really believe He’s going to pull through for us?

Let’s explore what it means to have great expectations, and the impact it can have when we go on pilgrimage to venerate St. Francis Xavier this January.

What does it mean to have great expectations? I don’t mean owning a copy of Charles Dickens’s literary masterpiece. Great expectations is an attitude of hope that God will do great things in and through us. In the gospels, we see that anyone who approached Jesus with an attitude of faith, hope, and expectation did not leave disappointed.

Francis Xavier lived with a spirit full of great expectations that God would do wonders in and through him for God’s greater glory. By his own hand, St. Francis Xavier baptized around one hundred thousand people and performed miracles such as speaking in tongues, healings, bilocation, prophecy, calming a storm at sea and even raising others from the dead. Talk about living a life with great expectations!

This attitude of great expectations is more than just positive thinking—it’s rooted in Scripture. Christ states:

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do, and in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.” (John 14:12-14)

and again

Ask, and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and everyone who knocks the door will be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

So what does this mean for us, some 500 years after the life and times of St. Francis Xavier?

The Church teaches us that the saints are as active today as they were when they were alive. St. Therese of Lisieux said, “When I die, I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens, I will spend my heaven by doing good on earth.” The Catechism tells us “They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Jesus Christ.” (CCC 956) Did you catch that?

They do not cease to intercede with the Father for us…

How can we not be excited for the great graces we can receive through St. Francis Xavier’s intercession?

What is it in your life, or the lives of those closest to you, that really needs healing? What area would benefit most from an encounter with our most loving God? Take some time to think and pray about what you would like St. Francis Xavier to bring to our Lord on your behalf. Be bold! Have great expectations for the graces God will pour out on us during this relic pilgrimage.

  • Are you hurting from a wound in your heart and soul? Bring it to St. Francis Xavier
  • Has a family member or loved one lost sight of our Lord? Bring it to St. Francis Xavier
  • Is someone you know suffering from a terrible illness? Bring it to St. Francis Xavier

One key point before we finish: an attitude of great expectations is not entitlement. We are not owed anything by God. “We do not deserve what God is willing and able to do in us and for us—and we can’t demand that He fulfill His promises within us.” (5 Tenets) Rather, as we saw earlier in the Gospel of John: “…so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” Great expectations does not mean we get everything we want and more. It’s a disposition knowing that life, healing, goodness, and restoration will come, soon or slowly, in God’s time—not ours.

So what happened to the woman who approached St. Francis Xavier to ask him to intercede with Jesus to raise her daughter? Francis prayed to God that He grant her the request, and after doing so he turned to her and told her to go to the grave; her daughter was alive. The woman was hopeful. She didn’t disbelieve, but because Francis Xavier had not offered to come to the tomb, she answered simply that her daughter had been buried for three days.

She didn’t question St. Francis any further; instead, she ran to the church where her daughter had been buried. The mother—and many other witnesses who had hurried there with her—worked to remove the stone from the grave. The daughter came out alive!

Let us have great expectations for our pilgrimage and be bold in asking our Lord for our needs. Jesus will answer our prayers if we ask in his name, and if we believe. Jesus wants to help us and fill the areas in our lives where we lack.

 

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  1. I will be bold.

  2. In Jesus’ name I will be bold.

  3. Tonight I asked for prayers to St Fracis Xavier to bring to life my brother-in-love, he has been on bed for many many years, he just opens his eyes and mouth. He is (was) a doctor, he was a good doctor assisting the poor in Honduras. I asked for a miracle to bring José to life. I was in Mississauga and his daughter, wife and rest of my family accompany me on-line (me in Canada, they in Honduras) during the exhibit of the extraordinary relic, I felt something special, I did my request with sincerity. When I touched the relic I just said “thank you”.

  4. St. Francis, cure me of diabetes 2 if you wish, I do come from goa, Portuguese India and have visited your body in goa. Thank youst. Francis Xavier.

  5. I could feel through my heart St.Francis is touching my head with his hands while im in the Holy Family Cathedral last January 18, 2018.

  6. I will be bold and I will come back to testify

  7. I will be bold. Please hear and answer my prayers especially when I go and see your beautiful hand….Amen xox

  8. Attended St. Andrews Cathedral Display of relic, touched the relic. Asking for healing of my multiple myeloma. Felt a warm blush while praying. Waiting for further signs. Lou

  9. At this very moment I feel bold to ask for a miracle. I feel positive that God is going to pull me out of this terrific situation through the intersession of St. Francis Xavier. Can someone tell me where can I find a prayer card distributed with the relic.

  10. The sacred relic of St. Francis Xavier performed a miracle for our son, a young adult. When EKG results showed potentially serious, irreversible heart ventricular damage due to side effects associated with his treatment, we were devastated by the results. We placed the prayer card touched to the relic that we received at the veneration event over our son’s heart and asked St. Francis Xavier for his complete healing. A cardiologist ordered a cardiac MRI. Just yesterday the clinic called to deliver the good news that the scan shows normal heart function. We are grateful to St. Francis Xavier for interceding on our behalf.

  11. We prayed for a miracle and received one. The sacred relic of St.Francis Xavier from Rome visited Canada and we touched the prayer card to the relic. When our young son was diagnosed with a potentially serious heart condition we were devastated. We placed the prayer card over his heart and prayed for St.Francis Xavier to intercede on our behalf. Subsequent scans show no heart damage with normal functioning of the ventricles. Thanks to St. Francis and praise be to God.

  12. Dear St. Francis Xavier, Thank you very much for the miraculous intervention in restoring our son’s heart functioning to normal. I touched my son’s heart with the relic card and said nine days novena. It was only the 6th day of my novena prayer request when we received the good news of our son’s scans being normal. Please continue praying for our children and us.  You will be my patron saint for the rest of my life. Thank you for this miracle.

  13. Excellent

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