TESTIMONY FROM THE BOOK MYSTICS AND MIRACLES
ST. VINCENT FERRER
Vincent Ferrer worked his most famous miracle while he was under
orders not to use his extraordinary powers. One day as he passed a construction
site, a mason began to fall from the top of a building. "Brother Vincent ," he
cried out, "save me!"
"Stay where you are," shouted Vincent, "until I come back."
According to eyewitnesses, the mason stopped, suspended in midair, while Vincent ran to get his superior's permission to perform a miracle.
"He's waiting?" asked the superior, stunned by Vincent's request.
"Yes," said Vincent.
"Well, go back and finish it off," said the superior.
Vincent raced back to the hovering man.
"My superior says you may come down," said Vincent, and the man floated safely to the ground.
Such preternatural phenomena did not push Vincent's head into the clouds. Instead, he occupied himself with compassion for human beings. A friend to the rich and poor alike, he counseled those with grievous personal problems, taught penitents how to live good lives, and settled family quarrels. The preacher and prophet was also a man of public affairs, advising both princes and popes. If Vincent had one foot in heaven, he had planted the other firmly on earth.