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Why we ignore the mighty deeds in our lives (it’s not that there aren’t any)


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Fr. Luigi Maria Epicoco - published on 07/12/22

God fills our life with miracles, that is, he fills our existence with little good things. Have we transformed that freely given good into an excuse?

Today’s readings can be found here.


“Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented.”

Miracles are not the foundation of our faith, but they are like a provocation to look at things from a different perspective. We find many miracles in our life but often we write them off as the result of chance.

By saying the good that comes our way is accidental, we are freed from responsibility in the face of that good; we don’t have to ask what we really should do about it, or who we want to be after having encountered that good.

A believer doesn’t go looking for sensational events, but recognizes that God performs his greatest works in the most complete discretion and hiddenness. This is exactly how people who truly love behave: They don’t glory in dazzling things but love to do small acts of love without even being seen.

God fills our life with miracles, that is, he fills our existence with little good things, but the question is whether we have transformed that freely given good into an excuse, or if we’ve used it as a trampoline to launch our truest changes.

It would be good today to close our eyes to take cognizance of the situation, and have courage to face the consequences.


Father Luigi Maria Epicoco is a priest of the Aquila Diocese and teaches Philosophy at the Pontifical Lateran University and at the ISSR ‘Fides et ratio’, Aquila. He dedicates himself to preaching, especially for the formation of laity and religious, giving conferences, retreats and days of recollection. He has authored numerous books and articles. Since 2021, he has served as the Ecclesiastical Assistant in the Vatican Dicastery for Communication and columnist for the Vatican’s daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

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