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Posted by Vishva News Reporter on November 7, 2010
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THE ABOVE IS THE "MIRACLE"
THE BEST SCIENTTIFIC BRAINS OF THE LAST 200 YEARS....
....who has given humanity the
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....
......AND NOW THE UGLY PART OF
MAKING MIRACLES BY HUMANS....
Miracle in Hinduism:
all over the world began drinking milk
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:
.....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
many people's psychological makeup. . . .
When people feel like they don't have a lot of control
happening to them...
.....a situation like a lot of unemployment or a
recession in the economy...
....those kinds of events probably increase
for a set of beliefs that provides them with a sense of
They're not going to
be as skeptical
as they would be in other domains."
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A Miracle is, something that defies
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Photograph by: Nick Brancaccio,
A statue of the Virgin Mary
from the home of Fadia Ibrahim
that was said to have wept tears of oil with healing powers
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....
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
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
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
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
|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
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
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
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
Some people feel the world isn't predictable -- but they
want to believe it is. So when this sort of thing happens, they embrace
HERE IS A THOUGHT PROVOKING UNDERSTANDING ON TODAY'S NEWS TOPIC OF
MIRACLES FROM SUPERNATURAL
A collage of theological and philosophical musings
....Atheists Believe In Miracles
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.
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...
.....AND NOW READ ABOUT
HOW WHATEVER RELIGION YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE FAITH IN
REWARDS YOU TO THE EXTENT YOU BELIVE IN....
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.......LORD OF MIRACLES AMONG
THE DIVERSITY OF CITIZENRY OF PERU....
The Lord of
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
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
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
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
interesting entry on his blog concerning the roots of this
celebration as well as
numerous photographs and video from this year's procession in
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.
......AND NOW WE CANNOT IGNORE....
....HUMANS PERFORMING MIRACLES
NATURE AND SUPERNATURAL.....
Right Photo: Miracle in Humanity:
performing healing miracle; Photo Centre: Numerous
miracles, manifestations and materializations are associated with the
name and form of Sathya Sai Baba. For links go to
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