A miracle is an event attributed to divine intervention. Alternatively, it may be an event attributed to a miracle worker, saint, or religious leader. A miracle is sometimes thought of as a perceptible interruption of the laws of nature. Others suggest that God may work with the laws of nature to perform what people see as miracles. Theologians say that, with divine providence, God regularly works through created nature yet is free to work without, above, or against it as well.
In casual usage, "miracle" is seen as any event that is statistically unlikely but beneficial, (such as surviving a natural disaster), or simply a "wonderful" occurrence, regardless of likelihood, such as a birth. Other miracles might be: survival of a terminal illness, escaping a life threatening situation or 'beating the odds'. Some coincidences may be seen as miracles. The rapid German recovery after the Second World War was sometimes called the German Miracle.
The word is often used to give an impression of great and unusual value in a trivial context: Miracle Whip, a commercial food product; Fort Myers Miracle, a sports team.
This article deals with miracles as supernatural, not the other usages described.
Famous quotes containing the word miracle:
“How vigilant we are! determined not to live by faith if we can avoid it; all the day long on the alert, at night we unwillingly say our prayers and commit ourselves to uncertainties. So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“Being a parent is too complicated and emotional a task for magical techniques and miracle cures.”
—Ron Taffel (20th century)
“O miracle of men!”
—William Shakespeare (15641616)