Physical blindness in the scriptures often indicates a spiritual blindness.
This Gospel of the healing of two blind men reminds me of an incident in the life of the Rosary priest, Venerable Patrick Peyton. He was diagnosed with Tuberculosis, a death sentence in those days, 1930’s. One day while being treated in the hospital, Father Peyton was visited by Father Cornelius Hagerty.
Father Hagerty said, "Patrick, you believe in God, you received this faith from your parents. Put it to work. Pray to the mother of God that you will be healed through her intercession, if it is God’s will. He never says “no” to his mother. Remember, Mary will be as good to you as you believe her to be, if you believe she is a 50% that’s what she will be. If you believe her to be a 100%, then that is what she will be. It all depends on you and your faith."
Faith is more than a wish; it is the confident assurance of things hoped for. If we have faith in Mary, how much more powerful is our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.