Miracles during his lifetime
|Secudino Robles related under oath that, when he
was a young boy, innumerable locusts settled down upon the fields
and orchards and devoured everything green in Santa Clara Valley.
The afflicted people appealed to Fr. Magin for help. The servant
of God directed some of the insects to be brought to him. When
he saw them, he said, "Let us go into the church." There
he put on his stole, recited some prayers, and then ordered the
locusts to be taken back where they had been caught. No sooner
had the little creatures been set at liberty in the field, when
all the locusts rose in a body, and flying away plunged into the
sea. On the next day the beach for three or four miles was covered
with dead locusts to a depth of about three feet. The people again
sowed their seeds and obtained a good crop.
Many also testified that the holy man's prayers often saved women
in desperate cases of childbirth. In fact, the unanimous testimony
of his parishioners was that no woman - during his lifetime or
after his death - who had sought his intercession in a life-threatening
delivery ever failed to obtain a happy outcome. After his death,
some midwives kept relics from Fr. Magin Catala's habit to use
in desperate cases and never once lost a mother or a child when
they invoked his intercession.
Power over evil spirits
|The servant of God had power over the spirit of darkness. On
one occasion, in the middle of the day which was very hot, the
people saw Fr. Magin, in surplice and stole, going along the Alameda
reciting prayers, just as he did when he exorcised persons and
places that were thought to be possessed by evil spirits. He said
that he was exorcising not only a few, but a whole legion of devils
who had come to cause destruction to the people of San Jose. As
a result, though everything was quiet, clouds of dust were seen
to rise as though a whole herd of cattle were passing along the
road; terrible noises, howling and shrieks were heard, together
with the sounds of horns and the bellowing of wild beasts. Then
all was silent. Fr. Magin had explained ' that the evil spirits
has gone away. The holy man urged his hearers to strengthen themselves
against the devil by reciting the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Mother,
and thus to prevent the evil spirits from taking possession of
|Fr. Magin asked everyone to make a fervant act of
contrition before going to bed, and after rising in the morning
and to pray more, because no one could know when he will die.
If we were ready at all times, that is to say, led a life in keeping
with the commandments of God and His Church, death would be a
welcome friend who transfers the soul to a better land.
Fr. Magin announced his own mother's death, who lived in Spain,
before he was informed of the news, and he asked the people to
attend the Novena of Holy Masses he offered for her soul.
He predicted that a large city would rise on the bay of San Francisco,
great houses would be destroyed by earthquake and fire. How well
known this prophecy was at Santa Clara long before the calamity
transpired in 1906.