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Miracles happen daily

Posted December 16, 2006


Q.With Hanukkah upon us, I was wondering why don't we see miracles anymore? -- R. G., Boca Raton

A. Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, commemorates the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days.

In many religions a miracle refers to God's intervention causing the ordinary course of nature to be overruled.

Miracles are not described as miracles in the modern definition, but rather are considered large uncommon events performed by God's will.

Cambridge University Professor J. E. Littlewood debunked one element of supernatural phenomenology. His Law of Truly Large Numbers states that with a sample size large enough, any outrageous thing is likely to happen. Littlewood postulates that individuals can expect a miracle to happen at the rate of about one per month.

Vietnamese monk and writer Thich Nhat Hanh says: "People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child -- our own two eyes. All is a miracle."

Viewed from a contemporary perspective, we can experience the miraculous in everyday events.

Albert Einstein reminds us: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

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