I am a Latin Catholic and I have recently read this story about the supposed miracle of St. Spyridon of Trimythous after the second siege of Corfu in 1716. It bothered me for obvious reasons. How can I understand this story without endangering my faith? In case you are unaware of this story, allow me to briefly summerise:
To celebrate a victory against the Turks who were trying to invade Corfu, the Venetian Andrea Pisani wanted to erect a marble, Latin altar in the local Greek Orthodox church. That night, he dreamt that St. Spyridon himself, the patron saint of Corfu, came to him and told him to “stop bothering him” and that putting up the Latin altar would “not be in his best interest” (I have heard various quotes for what St. Spyridon said). At any rate, Pisani, very upset about this, related this dream to the Latin cardinal who told him that the dream was demonic in origin and to continue building the altar. However, the day before the altar was to be built, St. Spyridon appeared and allegedly set the Venetians’ castle on fire, killing all of the Latins and foiling their plans.
Most accounts of this story are something like that, with other “miraculous” details. I already know the Orthodox perspective on this. What do Catholics (of any Church) think? How ought I to interpret this? Is it even a true story?