“Miracles as Acts of Faith and Power”
with Dorothy Africa
Many people who consider themselves to be people of Faith do not consider ‘miracles’ to be prominent features of their belief. To medieval Christians, however, they were vital proofs of the truth of the Christian faith, and its power to manifest itself in the life of a Believer at any time. I will be considering two ‘miracle’ stories taken from the lives of two of the Irish saints I study that I think are of interest for their presentation of the conjunction of faith and power. Medieval Christians knew that miracles were by definition rare, but the desire for them was great, and hagiographers wrote with this very human desire in mind. I think these stories show an astute understanding of human nature, warts and all.