In this lesson, we study miracles. The Catholic Faith is the religion of God as manifestly shown in various miracles throughout history. Living a moral life is not an intellectual exercise. It is based in the concrete truth that Jesus Christ is real and the religion He established is the Catholic Religion. In this lesson we study various miracles including some modern Eucharistic miracles which show us the divine origin of our religion.
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The pupil of your eye is the black circle in the center of your eye, surrounded by the iris. The pupil is black because it absorbs all the light it allows to pass through. The iris is the part of your eye that surrounds the pupil—the part that contains the color of your eyes.
Picture of a blue-eyed person – Stock Photo
In bright light, two muscles in your eyes cause the pupil to contract, making your pupil seem very small, and the iris which contains the color of your eye to get larger. This pupil contraction allows less light to pass through your pupil and strike the optic nerve in the back of your eye. This optic nerve transmits complicated electrical impulses to your brain allowing you to see. The eye is one of the most studied and understood parts of your body. This is the science of your eyesight.
In very rare cases, babies are born without pupils. They are born absolutely blind. No light can pass through the front of the eye to reach the optic nerve because, of course, there is no opening through which the light can pass. Without pupils, these children are left with only four of the normal human’s five senses: taste, smell, touch and hearing.
Gemma di Giorgi was one such child born without pupils on Monday, Christmas day in 1939—80 years ago at the time of this writing. By that time, doctors had become very familiar with the individual parts of the human eye and the specific function of each. Prescription of glasses, diagnosis of eye diseases, and treatment of cataracts were becoming common. Gemma’s parents had brought her to many different specialists during the first seven years of her life, and they were told over-and-over that Gemma would never be able to see. She would be blind for life.
Closeup photo of Gemma di Giorgi’s pupil-less eyes, photo from www.PadrePioDevotions.org
The di Giorgi family was very faithfully Catholic, and, with Gemma, they prayed often in front of the altar of the Blessed Virgin for the healing of her eyes. The family kept hearing of a monk named Padre Pio who was known as a great man of God through whom many were made well. When Gemma was 7 years old, a relative of the family, a nun, said she would write a letter to the good Padre and ask if he could assist by praying for Gemma’s eyesight. She wrote the letter and waited to see if he would reply.
One night, back in the convent, the nun reported having a dream where she introduced Gemma to Padre Pio. She reported that in th... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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