Both Jesus and Mary love wood. Here’s a selection and if you’re still not convinced that the heavenly pair are making cameo appearances, then there’s no hope for you.
In which the BVM saves a little hamlet from the advances of a raging, ravaging, enemy army.
A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by the Holy Mary. This particular apparition is recorded as being proven although I can’t imagine how it could be. But who am I to question the Catholic Church?
Pontmain, France, 17 January, 1871
Cesar Barbadette, hardworking farm labourer, was staring up into the night sky when he noticed one area practically free of stars above a neighbouring house. Suddenly he saw an apparition of a beautiful woman smiling at him; she was wearing a blue gown covered with golden stars, and a black veil under a golden crown.
His father, brother, and a neighbour came out to look but saw nothing.
Finally about sixty people, including the priest, stood around staring upwards but, although they could see nothing out of the ordinary up there, began to say the rosary. But some little children saw something! They saw the figure of a woman with four candles and a red cross over her heart. Ah, the sharp vision of those little children. You can see their tiny sharp eyes in the photo.
What was Mary doing there? Let me tell you why. This apparition appeared at the height of the Franco-Prussian War and Pontmain lay between the oncoming Prussian army and the city of Laval. The Prussian forces, however, inexplicably abandoned their advance. A miracle? Of course it was.
The following March a canonical inquiry into the apparition was held, and in May the local bishop questioned the children, the inquiry being continued later in the year with further questioning by theologians and a medical examination. The bishop was satisfied by these investigations, and in February 1872 declared his belief that it was the Blessed Virgin who had appeared to the children. It was approved by Pope Pius IX.
How fortuitous for the little hamlet of Pontmain.
First in being saved from the advances of a raging, ravaging, enemy army and then becoming a shrine, attracting a wondrous stream of visitors who, to this day, flock to Pontmain to honour the apparition. Sadly she’s never been seen again, but the generous donations from the visitors make up for this loss.
The Church of Our Lady of Velankanni, in Mumbai, has a statue of Jesus with water – it must be holy water – trickling down from the toes. This blessed water is collected and the church is a site of pilgrimage.
However the miracle was caused by faulty plumbing and not divine intervention.
The noted Indian rationalist, Sanal Edamaruku, came for a look ….
I had a close look at a nearby washroom and the connected drainage system that passed underneath the concrete base of the cross. I removed some stones from the drain and found it was blocked. I touched the walls, the base, and the cross and took some photographs for documentation. It was very simple: Water from the washroom, which had been blocked in the clogged drainage system, had been transmitted via capillary action into the adjacent walls and the base of the cross as well as into the wooden cross itself. The water came out through a nail hole and ran down over the statue’s feet.
The backlash against Edamaruku’s conclusions was swift and strong.
He has been accused of insulting religion (a charge akin to blasphemy) under Section 295A of the Indian penal code, which charges a person with “deliberately hurting religious feelings and attempting malicious acts intended to outrage the religious sentiments of any class or community.”
Death threats followed, and Edamaruku was forced to seek exile in Finland.
The end is nigh! A total solar eclipse in August 2017 will see the world end.
The signs of this end are clear, at least to a few Christians Everything they say is pretty
scary weird, but it all adds up to the startling fact that the creation of Israel (70 years ago next year) was the start of a biblical generation and we must now be ready for another one.
Taking this into account, along with some previous theories, feasts for autumn and spring, Revelations verses, and a 12th century Rabbi, we can safely say the maths are pretty solid and we’re all going to die.
However, there’s a window for our destruction. While the apocalypse will undoubtedly start next year, it will go on for another seven years ending in 2024.
So, we have ample time to repent.
I can’t tell you much about this one, probably because there isn’t much to tell.
It’s an iron. It’s in a house in Boston, USA. It was manufactured for the Wal-Mart house brand, with a basic dial for fabric settings and a steam/dry switch.
It has a scorch mark. It must be Jesus. At least, according to Mary Jo Coady.
Coady didn’t give her iron a second thought until she saw a likeness of Jesus staring back from its not-quite stainless steel bottom. Startled, she took a picture and posted it on her Facebook page, giving friends and relatives the same test. And all of them saw Jesus!
I can’t comment. I don’t have an iron.
Once again the End of the World is Nigh. It’s Near. It’s
almost practically HERE.
Batten down your hatches one more time and prepare for (yet another) Doomsday.
It’s due on 21 October!
So says Harold Camping and he should know. He’s pretty good at predicting the end of the world. This will be the third date (or is it the fourth?) that he’s warned us to be ready for the horror of the End.
OK he’s got some dates wrong before but that was due to some minor mathematical problems he had when trying to divide by nine. Everyone knows that nine is tricky to deal with. Slippery and devious, probably an evil number.
I’m still feeling a bit flat after getting so worked up when I thought the world would end on 21 May this year and then …. pfffft .. nothing.
Harold, I hope for your sake that you’re right this time!
Hang on, I just remembered something. I’m going on a bus trip to see the begonias in Ballarat with a couple of ladies from the Bowls Club on the 21st. Devonshire Tea included.
Looks like I’ll have to pass this one up, Harold. Let me know when the next one is on and I’ll pencil it in.