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The Third Miracle

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Part detective story and part courtroom drama-with a touch of the supernatural- The Third Miracle exposes, for the first time ever, the secret rituals and investigations the Catholic Church today undertakes in order to determine sainthood. On a raw January 2001 morning at a Catholic convent deep in the Indiana woods, a Baptist handyman named Phil McCord made an urgent plea to God. He was by no means a religious man but he was a desperate man. McCord's right eye was a furious shade of red and had pulsed for months in the wake of cataract surgery. He had one shot at recovery: a risky procedure that would replace part of his diseased eye with healthy tissue from a corpse. Dreading the grisly operation, McCord stopped into the convent's chapel and offered a prayer-a spontaneous and fumbling request of God: Can you help me get through this? He merely hoped for inner peace, but when McCord awoke the next day, his eye was better-suddenly and shockingly better. Without surgery. Without medicine. And no doctor could explain it. Many would argue that Mother Theodore Guerin, the long-deceased matriarchal founder of the convent, had "interceded" on McCord's behalf. Was the healing of Phil McCord's eye a miracle? That was a question that the Catholic Church and the pope himself would ultimately decide. As part of an ancient and little-known process, top Catholic officials would convene a confidential tribunal to examine the handyman's healing, to verify whether his recovery defied the laws of nature. They would formally summon McCord, his doctors, coworkers, and family to a windowless basement room at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. They would appoint two local priests to serve the roles of judge and prosecutor. And they would put this alleged miracle on trial, all in an effort to determine if Mother Theodore, whose cause for beatification and canonization dated back to 1909, should be named the eighth American saint. In The Third Miracle , journalist Bill Briggs meticulously chronicles the Church investigation into this mysterious healing and offers a unique window into the ritualistic world of the secretive Catholic saint-making process-one of the very foundations on which the Church is built. With exclusive access to the case and its players, Briggs gives readers a front-row seat inside the closed-door drama as doctors are grilled about the supernatural, priests doggedly hunt for soft spots in the claim, and McCord comes to terms with the metaphorical "third miracle": his own reconciliation with the metaphysical. As the inquiry shifts from the American heartland to an awaiting jury at Vatican City in Rome, Briggs astutely probes our hunger for everyday miracles in an age of technology, the Catholic Church's surprisingly active saint-making operation, and the eternal clash of faith and science.

Ex-library book in good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Printed in 2010.

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Added value:
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Author(s):
Bill Briggs
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24.2 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0767932692
ISBN-13:
9780767932691
Number of pages:
332
Publisher:
Broadway Books

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Part detective story and part courtroom drama-with a touch of the supernatural- The Third Miracle exposes, for the first time ever, the secret rituals and investigations the Catholic Church today undertakes in order to determine sainthood. On a raw January 2001 morning at a Catholic convent deep in the Indiana woods, a Baptist handyman named Phil McCord made an urgent plea to God. He was by no means a religious man but he was a desperate man. McCord's right eye was a furious shade of red and had pulsed for months in the wake of cataract surgery. He had one shot at recovery: a risky procedure that would replace part of his diseased eye with healthy tissue from a corpse. Dreading the grisly operation, McCord stopped into the convent's chapel and offered a prayer-a spontaneous and fumbling request of God: Can you help me get through this? He merely hoped for inner peace, but when McCord awoke the next day, his eye was better-suddenly and shockingly better. Without surgery. Without medicine. And no doctor could explain it. Many would argue that Mother Theodore Guerin, the long-deceased matriarchal founder of the convent, had "interceded" on McCord's behalf. Was the healing of Phil McCord's eye a miracle? That was a question that the Catholic Church and the pope himself would ultimately decide. As part of an ancient and little-known process, top Catholic officials would convene a confidential tribunal to examine the handyman's healing, to verify whether his recovery defied the laws of nature. They would formally summon McCord, his doctors, coworkers, and family to a windowless basement room at the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. They would appoint two local priests to serve the roles of judge and prosecutor. And they would put this alleged miracle on trial, all in an effort to determine if Mother Theodore, whose cause for beatification and canonization dated back to 1909, should be named the eighth American saint. In The Third Miracle , journalist Bill Briggs meticulously chronicles the Church investigation into this mysterious healing and offers a unique window into the ritualistic world of the secretive Catholic saint-making process-one of the very foundations on which the Church is built. With exclusive access to the case and its players, Briggs gives readers a front-row seat inside the closed-door drama as doctors are grilled about the supernatural, priests doggedly hunt for soft spots in the claim, and McCord comes to terms with the metaphorical "third miracle": his own reconciliation with the metaphysical. As the inquiry shifts from the American heartland to an awaiting jury at Vatican City in Rome, Briggs astutely probes our hunger for everyday miracles in an age of technology, the Catholic Church's surprisingly active saint-making operation, and the eternal clash of faith and science.

Ex-library book in good condition with clean pages throughout and securely bound.Printed in 2010.

Added value:
1st edition
Author(s):
Bill Briggs
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
24.2 x 16.2 x 3.3 cm
Edition:
1st
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0767932692
ISBN-13:
9780767932691
Number of pages:
332
Publisher:
Broadway Books

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