[quote=Guy Daniels]As a new Catholic, I am curious as to how the Church views Protestant “miracles” (apparent evidence of God working in their lives, from the “mundane” [praying for a parking space and getting it, etc.] to the “awesome” [a stubborn world-loving family member coming to the “faith” after much prayer]). Are all of these to be seen as mass delusions? I am asking in order to better wistness to Prots in the future.
For heaven’s sakes, why should they be seen as delusions rather of the work of God? God and His grace are not confined to the Catholic Church nor to the sacraments. Our Pope would be the first to say this.
However, it is helpful to note that many people use the word “miracle” to simply denote a sense of God working in their lives, rather than, say, a suspension of the laws of nature. In this sense, life itself–the natural world, a baby’s birth, is considered a miracle.
Too many others, however (both Catholic and Protestant) seem to retain disturbing remnents of quietism in their faith and believe that God’s active involvement and perfect will alone are instrumental in the most mundane actions of their daily lives (i.e. God wants me to have this parking space right at this moment…") That’s just bad theology (it eradicates free will), and I"ve encountered this attitude in far more Catholics than Protestants.