For me there are three reasons why I believe (I’ll leave feelings aside for now:
- I think it makes the most sense
- The Catholic faith has the most sound system of establishing the authority of interpretation and doctrine. I can’t find a single hole in it in two thousand years.
- Miracles. It would be one thing if all the miracles happened 2000 years ago and one could dismiss them as embellishment or something like that. But even those had too many witnesses. But the larger thing is they have continued to happen and are happening still today, and there is NO other reasonable explanation.
We have mystics with supernatural powers - bilocation, floating, ability to read hearts, healings, and other things periodically from Christ to now. A consecrated host, 1500 years old, bleeding real blood and it’s still fresh as if it just leaked out of your finger, accompanied by a piece of real human flesh that contains tissue from all four chambers of the heart, and of course the host itself, in the form of wheat bread, all of these still fresh as a daisy 1500 years later. I lady in my home town cured of complete, total kidney failure when the doctors had given her ZERO chance of survival. One minute dying, the next ready to get up out of bed and go home with fully functional kidneys.
Another women, trapped in a fire, burned almost 80% of her body, we’re talking charcoal briquette looking burning here, and overnight ALL her burns heal and when she is unwrapped to change the dressings her skin is not just healed, it is completely NEW skin, as in like the skin of a baby, complete with the thin, light type of hair that grows only on infants.
So these could be some sort of occult thing, or they could be the handiwork of God. How do I tell the difference? Well, it seems compelling that when people pray to God for these miracles, they sometimes happen. I have never seen anything this dramatic happen as the result of someone doing a dance while shaking some chicken bones. Add to this the fact that in the case of the mystics, it always seems they are fully obedient to the Church even when it restricts their ability to experience these beyond normal experiences. Always there is some greater good that results. If these were random occurrences, one would expect a few here and there to bolster the Catholic belief, while an equal number would tend to diminish it, but we never hear of those.
There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of these things and they continue to happen. I have no other rational explanation for them, and certainly no other that would mesh with my #1 and #2 at the top of this post.