|Blessed Filippo the Jaw-Healer|
But his miracle -- required of any beatus or saint -- is really remarkable. Since the Age of Reason (some contend that it too has ended), we have been accustomed to dismissing claims of miraculous events. But Filippo is a outlier. His miracle has all the wonder of a medieval healing. Sister Mary Carla, a nun in Italy during the last days of World War Two, took a bullet to the face. It shattered her jaw, but through the intervention of Blessed Filippo, who died fourteen years prior, she was healed. There aren't many like that anymore.
I think the miracle requirement has slowed the canonization process in the Catholic Church. For my own part, I am satisfied with heroic virtue, which is hard enough. I do not say that Pope John Paul II agreed with me -- I would not claim that he relaxed the miracle standard in the slightest. However, his canonization numbers are impressive. In his twenty-seven year pontificate, he canonized eighty (80) saints. In the fifty-six years prior to his tenure, there were five popes. [Okay, it is unfair to include John Paul I, who lasted less than a year. Say four popes.] Collectively, they also canonized eighty (80) saints. I'd say he definitely kicked off a new era of hagiofaction (it's a word now), especially since Pope Benedict XVI has canonized forty-five (45) more saints. Yes, that's good for my blog, but more importantly, that's good for upholding human exemplars for those of us who sometimes find Gd too remote.