LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, Chapter 47
OF A HOLY BROTHER TO WHOM THE MOTHER OF CHRIST APPEARED WHEN HE WAS ILL, AND BROUGHT HIM THREE VASES OF HEALING OINTMENT
Here's a story rich in implications for the reader who reads slowly and thinks about each word. Why are there healings and resurrections to this present life? The patient is going to die anyway, eventually. The patient in this story, interestingly, is not named. And yet, we're told that the Virgin Mary called him by name. He receives this great encouragement, as the story puts it, a few days before he dies. Miracles aren't an adjustment God has to make because things weren't going right. Their purpose seems more to affect a change in the patrient's spiritual being than merely to heal a physical ailment. But interestingly, our nameless subject here was "so holy that he appeared to be almost supernatural."