Others you noted can be argued, but this one cannot.
I am thus always left knowing that I am wrong in some way.
To render this in more contemporary terms, let's take a closer look at Philip McCord. Fearful that he faced possible blindness in his right eye, Philip McCord, a Baptist went into the Church of the Immaculate Conception one day and prayed.
I need some help, he said in his quiet conversation with God in the fall of 2000.
Looking up, he saw a picture of Mother Guerin (now deceased), the foundress of the Sisters of Providence at St. Mary-of-the-Woods. He decided to pray to Mother Theodore and ask for her assistance.
If you see fit and have any influence, maybe you could speak [to God] on my behalf, he said to her.
McCord had undergone cataract surgery on both eyes that fall, and while the surgery was successful on his left eye, it was not successful for the right eye. He had swelling in his cornea.
He could only see shapes and light with his right eye, which drooped. It was really not what you would call vision, he said. It affected his depth perception and gave him headaches.
A specialist in Indianapolis had told him he would need a cornea transplant, which had a 60 percent success rate.
He worried about the risks and feared permanent damage, including possible blindness, in his right eye.
He was upset and afraid. I was not making a lot of headway in dealing with it, he said.
One day, when he was returning from a meeting at Providence Center, he heard organ music from the church and decided to go inside and pray.
He told God, I try not to bother you with a whole lot of things but Im not going to get through this. I need some help.
This is not some event from the distant past. This is now! The media always love the 'unexplicable' and jumped all over McCord's story. CNN even took it to a new level by producing a mini documentary in which their professional consultants interviewed McCord on videotape, while re-producing the blurred images of McCord prior to the 'intervention' of Mother Theodore.
This is just one of countless miracles attributed to the intervention of those on the path to sainthood and others who have already arrived.
Remember, we pray to the saints and ASK THEM to intercede for us -- pray for us. They are much closer to Christ than we are.
You are so right about the description of the incense and prayers rising to heaven from Revelation. Isn't that a powerful picture?