I don't know who mocks or ridicules a miracle. I don't mind if Mormons say that miracles aren't as prevalent as in the Apostolic Age. But if Latter-day Apostles were doing public miracles like those in the New Testament, I would be willing to pray about the Book of Mormon. Not now. I believe in public miracles that are well documented for the sake of people of good will towards the Catholic faith. But I don't get why LDS say they have just as many miracles now as ever, but because they don't want to be ridiculed, they won't talk about it or bring forth evidence. The book of Acts is full of miracles. It seems like the Latter-day Church should be similar. I think the Catholic Church is similar. Nobody ridicules the Catholic Church for the modern miracles at Lourdes for instance, documented by non-Catholic doctors.
It seems like there is a real need, considering that nobody who isn't LDS, believes that LDS Apostles see Jesus, receive revelations, or work miracles, that the LDS Apostles would show themselves to be something like the original Apostles. If you really do miracles, who can mock you, and who cares? The bad guys ignore miracles and make fun of the good or beautiful. And that is why in the New Testament, there wasn't anybody claiming that this or that miracle was too sacred to share with the infidels. Pearls before swine isn't about hiding miracles:
Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you.
The warning against pearls before swine and holiness to dogs is more about beautiful practices and good teachings than miracles. I understand not talking about the Temple. But share your miracles. I don't think anybody here wants to say I am a dog or a swine anyway just because I am non-LDS. What about each other? The Gospel says that you don't share your precious spiritual experiences with those who are malicious. It appears to me that you all just say that these wonderful things happen, but you can't share them with us non-LDS because we are dogs and swine who will allegedly mock you. But that means you talk about these wonderful things among yourselves at least? Right?
I have a friend that often rides with me to Mass. Among other spiritual experience not too sacred to share, he has the wildest stories about how St. Anthony finds things for him. Amazing stories. I make the coffee most Sunday mornings at our parish. A couple years ago, a good parishioner gave us this coffee maker that is really big, and it saves a bunch of time because I can make all the coffee for both Masses in one pot. So I come in one Sunday morning, and I can't find the lid. I look everywhere. Every cupboard. Every nook and cranny in the kitchen. So my buddy, Michael, who besides being my friend, sometimes irritates me with his multitudinous spiritual experiences that I don't have. So he hears me complaining to my wife after the Second Mass that I had to use several coffee makers that day because one of the "faithful" lost the lid for me. Before I know it, this "nutball" is on his knees saying "Let's pray on it." I DIDN"T want to pray. I wanted to be angry at the faithful. I already looked. So he prays and asks St. Anthony to find the lid and he goes straight to this cupboard two seconds after prayer and produces the stinking lid. I was part mad but I was happy to have the stupid lid. It WAS a miracle!
It's kind of funny. A few days later it was 2 or 2:30 AM and I had to go to work. I drive a truck and can't drive without my glasses. Where were they? I looked everywhere. Its getting late. Of course I remember Michael. Reluctantly. I didn't just pray direct to this St. Anthony. I didn't have the faith for it. I prayed to the "St. Anthony that Michael prays to". I even knelt down like Michael does. And I looked down on the hearth, and there were my glasses. Were they there before? I'm not sure. I sure thought I looked! Such stories only go so far. It seems trivial on the one hand...but on the other...I KNOW I looked for the coffee lid and my glasses in the same places that they were found immediately after praying. I don't think you're dogs and swine. I'll tell you that miracles are real. And this is just my personal experience in the last few weeks. Do you want modern healings of the blind, Eucharistic miracles, resurrections from the dead? They are documented. They aren't mocked by dogs or swine. Dogs and swine mock the priesthood and chastity. Malicious people ignore miracles. I want Latter-day Saints to know that in my Catholic and Apostolic faith the age of miracles is NOW. I don't quite get why you can't even talk about miraculous events among yourselves and other people of good will towards your faith.
Edited by 3DOP, 27 May 2011 - 09:28 PM.