A miracle is an event that evokes wonder because something unexpected has happened. The word “miracle” (Latin miraculum) literally means a marvellous event or an event that causes wonder. In general it is inexplicable in terms of ordinary natural forces and can be regarded as an indication of God’s work in the world. In the biblical history and in Christian tradition, miracles have a dialogical character; that is, they reveal the personal love of God and concern for human salvation. Thus they demand a believing response.
The exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier is held once in 10 years in the Sé Cathedral, Old Goa. The last public Exposition of the Sacred Relics of the Saint was held from 22nd November 2014 till 4th January 2015. It was the 17th public exposition. The theme of the Exposition was “Faith Creates Communion, Strengthens Family, Commissions to Renew the Society.” The body of StFrancis Xavier which miraculously defied the laws of nature, of turning into dust, lies till this day in a silver casket in the Church of Bom Jesus Basilica in Goa, India. During the exposition it is transferred to the Sé Cathedral. St Francis Xavier was born on 7th April 1506. He lived only for forty-six years. He was a missionary who preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Asia and was the co-founder of the Society of Jesus. Francis Xavier was beatified by Pope Paul V on 25th October 1619, and was canonized by Pope Gregory XV on 22nd March 1622. Pope Pius XI proclaimed him the “Patron of Catholic Missions”.
The purpose of miracles is revelation and edification. St John after saying that there were many unrecorded miracles of Christ, adds, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name (Jn21:31). Elaborating edification