[quote=gracelife]How do I reply to someone that says the miracles such as the bleeding hosts, incorruptibles and stigmata are works of the devil trying to draw people into the Catholic church? You know how the story usually goes…the devil appearing as a good to deceive us.
This would be the same people who see the papacy as the anti-christ, yadda, yadda…
What power does satan actually have?
As with anything else, one has to judge the fruits of such activity. does the net effect of these events led folks to worship God more or to worship Satan ? Satan does not work against himself. When so many folks are converted from sin and led to lead more spiritual lives, who benefits goodness or evil ?
When people are inspired more to pray to God and receive healings and conversions who benefits more, evil or goodness ?
Finally, look at the lives of the saints whose bodies remain uncorrupted by decay, where these folks devoted to the devil or devoted to God ? Would God allow Satan to use His friends or the bodies of His friends as instruments for evil ?
Ask your friends, was it Jesus or Satan who said, “take and eat for this is my Body” and was it Jesus or was it satan who said “this is my Blood…” ???
St. Justin in the first century wrote about the real and actual presence of Jesus in the Bread and wine. He said he believes because Jesus Himself told us this is true. Why is it that Protestants take everything in the Bible as literal truth but the most important thing they regard as a figure of speech ???
Ask your friends how they interpret Jesus Himself when he tells us, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His Blood, you will have no life within you. This was so controversial when Jesus said it, that some followers literally left Him, because they could not accept this. There is no question as to what Jesus meant by these statements.
Martin Luther himself does not question the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The insanity that his successors have brought about as a result of his heresy has grown to unbelievable proportions. IT’s what happens when you stray from the true Church of Christ.