PVAF SEARCH OF TRUTH OF HUMAN EXISTENCE.....today's understanding of MIRACLE.....and continual human endeavour to debunk miracles.....
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on November 7, 2010


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....who has given humanity the founding knowledge
for realizing all the Nature and its electronics and energy powers
that can nourish the life needs of humanity
today and for another few centuries to come....

Left Photo: Miracle in Hinduism: gANEsh-BHgvaan muuARti all over the world began drinking milk on September 21, 2009; Centre Photo: Miracle in Christianity; Right Photo: Inscriptions of the Prophet Muhammed regarded with the same reverence as the Quran appear and then disappear on the body of a nine-month-old child born in a small village of Krasno-Oktyabrskoye, the Republic of Dagestan, RIA Novosti news agency reports -October 19, 2009: Pravda

.....supernatural religious icons....
.....stories of miraculous Madonna sculptures
that cry, ooze blood or come to life bleeding....
.....Virgin Mary statues weeping
with oil of healing powers .....
the faithful continue to flock to them
.....despite many embarrassing debunkings...
James Olson, a professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario
says the following about these "miracles":

"What it reflects is how important and central religious beliefs
are to many people's psychological makeup. . . .

When people feel like they don't have a lot of control
over what's happening to them...
 .....a situation like a lot of unemployment or a recession in the economy...
....those kinds of events probably increase people's need
for a set of beliefs that provides them with a sense of control....

They're not going to be as skeptical
as they would be in other domains."
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 ......All religious traditions share the concept of miracles,
A Miracle is, something that defies
logic, nature, or the established constitution and course of things......

A  statue of the Virgin Mary that was said to have wept tears of oil  has a new home at St. Charbel Maronite Catholic Church in Tecumseh,  Ont.
Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio, Windsor Star
A statue of the Virgin Mary  from the home of Fadia Ibrahim
that was said to have wept tears of oil with healing powers
has a new home at St. Ont.
  Virgins cry tears of common olive oil
....Debunkers uncover holy hucksters
who prey on faithful with a host of scams and tricks....

(From: Edmonton Journal: November 07, 2010: By Dalson Chen, Windsor Star)

A church leader who smeared his own blood on a sculpture, an icon that cried tears of vegetable oil -- these are just two of many embarrassing debunkings of supposedly supernatural religious icons.

Yet stories of miraculous bleeding and weeping Virgin Mary statues continue, and the faithful continue to flock to them.

"I suspect that in many of those cases, the same thing happens as is happening in Windsor," said James Olson, a professor of psychology at the University of Western Ontario.

&"What it reflects is how important and central religious beliefs are to many people's psychological makeup. . . . When there's some event that is close to home, they're going to respond to it. They're not going to be as skeptical as they would be in other domains."

Right up until its removal on Friday evening, the Virgin Mary statue at a home in Windsor drew attention -- locally and beyond -- due to claims that it weeps oil with healing powers.

Despite a public statement from homeowner Fadia Ibrahim on Thursday that people of faith should go to their own places of worship, her front yard was a popular prayer destination until the statue's removal.

No one from the house greeted the steady stream of visitors. A sign on Ibrahim's front door read: "Please do not knock on the door. Thank you."

But throughout the day, the crowd rarely dropped below a dozen people. They murmured reverences, went to their knees, took photos and touched the statue's enclosure.

If they felt any hesitation because tales of similar miracles have often had awkward conclusions -- they didn't show it.

Local TV News Sensation in Florida & Italy

Madonna sculptures that cry, ooze blood or come to life have abounded across the globe and over the years, including recently.
In April 2007, hundreds of people flocked to an interior decorator's gallery in Orlando, Fla., to see a marble carving of Mary had developed a tear-like stain on its cheek.

Rumours that the statue was weeping spread quickly after it was the subject of a local TV news report.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orlando investigated and declared the stain to be a natural occurrence. But the statue continued to draw would-be pilgrims for weeks afterward.

In March 2006, a Virgin Mary statue in the Santa Lucia church of Forli, Italy, became a media sensation due to its bloody teardrops.

A bishop had the three-meter-tall statue transferred to his office for examination. It did not weep again.

With the assistance of local police, the blood was tested and found to be a DNA match with the church's warden, Vincenzo Di Costanzo.

Although he strenuously denied applying his own blood to the statue, Di Costanzo was charged with denigrating religion.

In the summer of 1997, a plaster Madonna in the southern Italian village of Sannicola was thought to be crying oil. The village priest claimed the miracle had been occurring for months.

Bishop Vittorio Fusco took samples of the tears for testing, and found them to consist of "a substance like vegetable oil, very similar to olive oil."

Noting that the oil contained "no biological human trace," Fusco said the event had fallen short of a miracle.

"Virgin's Blood' Was Male

Among the most famous Italian cases was the weeping Virgin Mary of Civitavecchia. 

A down-and-out port city about 80 kilometres north of Rome, Civitavecchia was the location of the humble Gregori family home. The Gregoris decorated their garden with a 30-centimetre-tall wooden Madonna.

On Feb. 2, 1995, five-year-old Jessica Gregori told her parents that she saw 30-centimetre-tall wooden Madonna statue crying blood.

Others in her family said they saw the same. The story drew international media and thousands of believers -- among them Bishop Girolamo Grillo, who became one of the statue's most ardent supporters.

But doubts began surfacing a few months later. Tests done on blood from the statue showed it was the blood of a human male.

The Gregori family refused to provide DNA samples for comparison purposes.

According to Catholic journals, Grillo had his diocese draw up a commission, which decided by vote that the statue was indeed miraculous.

But the Vatican reviewed the matter with its own commission, and concluded that there was nothing supernatural about it.

The wooden statue was originally bought in Medjugorgje, a town in Bosnia-Herzegovina known for reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Earlier this year, the Holy See confirmed that it is in the process of investigating those apparitions.

Usually, high church authorities have been reluctant to comment on such matters.

There have been occasions where claims of miraculousness resulted in the intervention of authorities.

In January 1986, the Quebec Superior Court ordered Maurice Girouard and his wife, Claudette, to stop showing plaster statues and icons that the couple purported were bleeding and weeping.

Statues Banned From Town

After police followed up on suspicions the phenomenon was a hoax, the court barred the Grouards from displaying the statues in public, and told the couple to take the items out of the town boundaries of Ste-Marthe-sur-le-Lac.

The couple's claims the original owner of one of the statues, Jean-Guy Beauregard, admitted to police that he'd smeared the artifacts with mink oil and some of his own blood.

A week before the court's decision, an estimated 6,000 people had waited for hours in the cold to enter the Grouards' suburban home and see the bloody tears of Beauregard's Virgin Mary statue.

Meanwhile, in Windsor, police said they don't have any concerns at this time about the statue.

"We're not taking an active role in it right now," said Windsor police spokesman Sgt. Brett Corey. "We're just keeping an eye on things."

Corey said the only interest of police was the traffic situation in the neighbourhood, which was dealt with by the city's parking enforcement department. "It hasn't reached a point where we feel it's necessary to get involved."

Back at the University of Western Ontario, Olson said social factors can affect the willingness of people to cast aside their skepticism and believe an arguably irrational claim -- particularly a religious one.

"When people feel like they don't have a lot of control over what's happening to them -- a situation like a lot of unemployment or a recession in the economy -- those kinds of events probably increase people's need for a set of beliefs that provides them with a sense of control.

"Perhaps people especially want this miracle to be true because of the problems our society is encountering at the moment. It's been a difficult time.

Some people feel the world isn't predictable -- but they want to believe it is. So when this sort of thing happens, they embrace it."



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....Atheists Believe In Miracles Too....
July 10, 2009: Posted by jasondulle under Apologetics, Atheism

Atheists claim they don’t believe in miracles—that miracles are for religious people—but I beg to differ.  Atheists believe in miracles too, although they do not involve a divine being. 

How so?

Atheists believe something came into existence from nothing, out of nowhere, entirely uncaused.  They believe life came from non-life, that the rational came from the non-rational, that order came from chaos, and specified information came from randomness.  Those are some serious miracles, and require a lot more faith than belief in an intelligent and powerful God who created the universe from nothing, life from non-life, and ordered the universe with specified information!

As Norm Geisler says, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist...



Symbols representing various world religions, from left to right:
row 1: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism
row 2: Islam, Buddhism, Shinto
row 3: Sikhism, Bahai, Jainism

The Lord of Miracles

October 19, 2006

There is, perhaps, nothing more Peruvian than The Lord of Miracles. For almost the whole month of October is devoted to this unique religious icon and it is venerated by Peruvians across the globe

The Lord of Miracles, or El Señor de los Milagros as it is known in Spanish, is actually a centuries-old painting on the wall of a relatively obscure church in central Lima.

According to tradition, in 1651 a slave who had converted to Catholicism painted the depiction of Christ on the cross on the wall of a building in the outskirts of Lima where new devotees to the faith gathered to pray.

When a devastating earthquake struck the city four years later the entire building collapsed except for the wall adorned with the painting. Over the next several decades, the image became associated with miraculous incidents. More and more people, particularly the descendents of slaves, began to worship at the site.

This concerned both the church and Spanish authorities and, in 1671 the image was ordered destroyed. According to legend, workers were not able to do so. But, for whatever reason, officials eventually relented and built a proper church on the site – the church of Las Nazarenas.

When another huge earthquake struck Lima in 1687, the chapel was destroyed but, once again, the wall adorned with the painting remained standing. This cemented the importance of the image to the faithful and church leaders ordered a painting of the image to be taken out in procession that October – the tradition that continues to this day.

It is the earthquake of October 28, 1746, that cemented the image’s importance to Lima and Peru. The disaster claimed more than 18,000 lives and almost every building was leveled. All 74 churches and 14 monastic buildings in the city were seriously damaged including the church of the church of Las Nazarenas.

Yet, once again, the image and the wall that held it were unscathed. From that time, the importance of the image to Peru has grown dramatically.

Today, the procession in Lima is the largest in South America and it brings hundreds of thousands to the center of the city to take part. Three times during the month a two-ton retablo holding a silver framed painting that is a copy of the original image is carried through the center of Lima.

The honor of carrying the sacred image is shared by numerous brotherhoods who take turns bearing it though the streets. Women who belong to religious groups wear purple robes and follow the icon along its journey. Others precede its way offering the petals of flowers and incense for its passage.

(Peruvian expatriate Alejandro has a detailed look at the history of the procession and numerous foods associated with it over at his excellent blog, Peru Food.)

But Lima’s immense celebration is also replicated across the country. In every city of the country the main church contains a replica of the The Lord of Miracles and a procession with it is held on Oct. 28.

Moreover, as the number of Peruvian immigrants to other countries has increased over the past three decades, the importance of The Lord of Miracles has grown as well.

"To the devotees of the 20th century, the icon represents not merely a protector against earthquakes but also other dangers and fears," wrote University of Copenhagen researcher Karsten Paerregaard in his study on the icon. "To have faith in the Lord of the Miracles means to have somebody that accompanies you wherever you go in life."

The tradition was brought to New York City in 1972 and each year since there has been a procession down 51st street in Manhattan during the month of October. During the year, the image is kept in the Sacred Heart church on Manhattan.

(Luis Colan, a New York based artist, has posted an interesting entry on his blog concerning the roots of this celebration as well as numerous photographs and video from this year's procession in Manhattan.)

New York was the location of the first religious brotherhood honoring the Lord of Miracles outside Peru and today there are 10 in that metropolis. In 1986, the large Peruvian communities in Miami and Los Angeles formed their first brotherhoods and a procession is held annually in each city.

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