By the Publisher,
Love One Another! 11/2008 → The main topic
Journalist and writer Vittorio Messori is the author of numerous books that have been translated all over the world. A tireless inquirer into the reasons underlying his belief in Jesus Christ, he has conducted a fascinating study of the most striking Marian miracle ever to occur.
and writer Vittorio Messori is the author of numerous books that
have been translated all over the world. A tireless inquirer into
the reasons underlying his belief in Jesus Christ, he has conducted
a fascinating study of the most striking Marian miracle ever to
occur. The miracle, to which we devoted considerable space in our
last issue, took place on March 29, 1640, in Calanda, a small town
in the Spanish province of Aragon. It consisted in the restoration,
nearly two and a half years after its amputation, of the right leg
to the living body of a young peasant and devotee of Our Blessed
Mother of Pilar in Saragossa. The event made a huge stir in its
day. It was immediately investigated and, after a long and exhaustive
inquiry, certified as an authentic miracle.
Vittorio Messori has made it his mission to reacquaint the world with this forgotten event. After making many visits to Calanda and Saragossa and spending countless hours poring over the inquiry records and holding discussions with local experts, he has produced a remarkable chronicle of one of the most astounding and most thoroughly documented mysteries in history. The resulting book, entitled simply The Miracle, promises the reader not only a fascinating reading experience, but also a deeply spiritual one.
The fact of a limb being restored to a living body two years after it was amputated explodes the elaborate constructions of those who would question the existence of God. In his bestseller, The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins is merely the most recent in a long line of atheistic polemicists who would convince readers that believers are victims of a dangerous delusion.
When confronted with the plain fact of the Miracle of Calanda, the doctrinaire claims of Richard Dawkins with all their intellectual arrogance, dogmatism, and lack of tolerance for the views of believers, lose every shred of validity and only highlight the fact that it is not belief in God but atheism that rests on a grand delusion.