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Did Mary ever perform a miracle?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

A woman lays her hand on an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on display in St. Louis Church in Pittsford, New York. (CNS photo/Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)

It’s good to clarify that Mary herself does not perform miracles; all miracles are an act of God. That said, Catholics do believe that Mary will pray for us if we ask, and that God’s miracles can be related to her intercession. This belief has its roots in the Gospel story of the Wedding at Cana, when Mary sees the needs of the young couple and brings them before Jesus. Following this, Jesus works his first miracle and turns water into wine.

There are certainly many miracles that are associated with prayers at Marian shrines or apparition sites. The Marian shrine in Lourdes, France, is one of the most famous of these. Since 1858, 68 formally recognized miracles and more than 5,000 unexplained healings have been connected to Lourdes. You can read more about these at the shrine’s official website.

The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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