Does a Miracle Have to Be Grandiose to Count as a Miracle?

Updated on March 8, 2018
Shizette profile image

Shizette is a communications specialist who loves to travel, cook and explore new cultures.


What Is A Miracle?

A miracle is defined as "an extraordinary and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a divine agency".

There are numerous articles on what miracles are, and there are usually criteria the event has to meet in order to be classified as a miracle, namely it has to be:

  1. Exclusively attributable to divine power (meaning it has to be performed by a Higher Power such as God)
  2. Beyond the power of created nature (meaning it is not something that happens or can happen in the natural)
  3. Beyond the order of created nature (which basically means that it has to have happened after the world was created and humans were placed in the world)
  4. Extraordinary (this point is pretty self-explanatory, it has to be something major, out-of-the-ordinary)
  5. Sensible (subject to perception by our senses—we should be able to feel, see or hear it)

The Vatican's Definition of a Miracle

"In order that the submission of our faith should be in accordance with reason, it was God’s will that there should be linked to the internal assistance of the Holy Spirit external indications of his revelation, that is to say divine acts, and first and foremost miracles and prophecies, which clearly demonstrating as they do the omnipotence and infinite knowledge of God, are the most certain signs of revelation and are suited to the understanding of all." (The Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith, ch. 3)

Pope Francis addresses crowds at the Vatican


In 2010, former Pope Benedict XVI confirmed that John Paul II had posthumously healed a French nun suffering from Parkinson's disease. The church recently confirmed a second miracle, when a Costa Rican woman's brain injury spontaneously healed after praying to John Paul II.

A miracle is God's way of communicating with us

Miracles are meant to prove the authenticity of God’s revelation. All who see it may know it is authentic. Here miracles have their function, serving as a seal to authenticate God’s communication to humanity, verifying Jesus' revelation.

Furthermore, as miracles confirmed the authenticity of Jesus’ revelation in the Apostolic Age, the miracles performed throughout the history of the Catholic Church prove the Church’s claims to be true—namely, that it is the church founded by Christ.


My Everyday Miracles

Now, I am not Catholic, I don't believe in Saints having special powers like God, but I am a Christian, and while I appreciate the Vatican's lengthy definitions and criteria for ''miracles'', I beg to differ, for in this day and age, I think God uses everyday occurrences to 'communicate' with us, namely in the form of humble miracles, but miracles nonetheless.

My grandfather, who was a faithful (and humble) servant of the Lord, and held prominent Pastoral titles till the day he died at the age of 81, always taught us to appreciate the so-called 'normal' miracles God would perform on a regular day. I once heard him thanking God for a parking spot that opened up close to the entrance of the post office! At the time, I thought it was a bit strange. But now that I am older, I realize the value of appreciating those everyday displays of God's love for us.

I myself bear witness to miracles that occur on a daily basis—had I not been wise enough to see it, I would have missed that a miracle was performed for me! Little ol' me! That's just the love of God.

I slipped and fell, but got right back up

Given the cold, snowy weather of late, the sidewalks and paved areas have been amassed with snow which then turned to icky, slippery sludge. As I walked down a short flight of stairs at the train station running to catch a train, I slipped, tore my jeans open at the knee and badly bruised my knee. But that was all. It hurt for a few minutes, it bled a bit, but I was able to get on with my day. I made it to work on time, and I tended to my knee with a band-aid. The next day it had already started healing. That's a miracle right there!

Now, I could have fallen so badly that I could have broken a hip/leg/ankle but thank God I didn't. I will take that as an ''everyday'' miracle, not a fancy miracle as defined by the Catholic church where saints are beatified and it is classified into a special category, no, this was a miracle for me. Because I am able to walk, and tell the story of how it could have been worse but wasn't... because God was watching over me.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

— Isiah 41:10

Has God performed an 'everyday' miracle for you?

See results

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 From The Heart


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • celafoe profile image


        5 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth in between the oceans

        Good article You are absolutely correct.

        Catholicism is not christian.

        What most people see as miracles are simply every day fare for disciples of Christ. If one does not see things like you mentioned, parking spot, or healing or all the other impossible things that we see daily then they must not be a born again.

        Mark 16:15-18

        "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)