|1. Image of
Virgin Mary two stories high
During three weeks over Christmas 1996, 450,000 people went to view the wall of a black glass building in south Florida where a two-story-high image of the Virgin Mary had appeared. The rainbow-coloured image on the outside of the Seminole Finance building in Clearwater, Florida, is about 50 feet wide and 35 feet tall, and stretches across nine panes of glass. "It’s quite amazing. It’s very spiritual, very peaceful," said Patty Scharn, a receptionist at the building. According to police spokesman Wayne Shelor: "People are making shrines, bringing gifts, candles, flowers, statues. Some have been overwhelmed and fainted. We have the infirm, the disabled in wheelchairs, the blind. They’re coming 500 at a time... But it’s not a carnival atmosphere. There is a sense of awe and wonder."
rainbow-coloured image recovered from an attack by
vandals. In June 1997 someone threw an unknown liquid
on the shape, staining it. But following two days of
heavy thunderstorms, the blemishes disappeared, and
the image looked again as it did in December.
Light emanates from Japanese
About the same time as the window image was discovered, an image appeared on the wall below the bathroom window. In the beginning, this image looked as if it were just a stain, but as time went by, it became clearer, and the outline darker. The image is approx. 40 cm high, and wears a pointed hat with a rounded middle. It holds a water pot in its hand, and sits on a lotus. The eyes are now clearly visible on the wall.
About a year after the
image appeared on the bathroom window, the family
demolished their bathroom. In its place, they built a
small temple to enshrine the glass of the Bodhisattva.
During the construction process, when workers were
digging in the ground below where the image appeared,
they discovered a ball about 35 cm in diameter. No one
could figure out whether the ball was made of wood,
stone or iron. The ball emanates a very strong energy.
When people place their fingers close to the white
walls of the shrine, a rainbow-coloured light appears
between the wall and their fingers. This phenomenon
can be seen only at the wall, and happens to everyone
who tries it. The rainbow colour is most clearly seen
when the wall is in the shade.
3. Worldwide Hindu milk miracle
It all began at dawn in a temple on the outskirts of Delhi, India, when milk offered to a statue of Ganesh just disappeared into thin air. Word spread so quickly throughout India that soon thousands were offering milk to the gods and watching in amazement as it disappeared. Life in India was brought to a virtual standstill as people rushed to temples to see for themselves the drinking gods. Others claimed that small statues in millions of homes around the country were also drinking the offerings of milk.
Traffic in Delhi was halted as police struggled to control crowds who gathered outside hundreds of temples with jugs and saucepans of milk for the marble statues of Ganesh, the Hindu God of wisdom and learning, and Shiva, his father.
Even the cynical professed amazement. "It's unbelievable. My friends told me about it and I just thought it was rubbish," said a Delhi business woman, Mabati Kasori. "But then I did it myself. I swear that the spoon was drained." Parmeesh Soti, a company executive, was convinced it was a miracle. "It cannot be a hoax. Where would all that milk go to? It just disappeared in front of my eyes." Suzanne Goldenberg, a Delhi-based journalist, reported that: "Inside the darkened shrine, people held stainless steel cups and clay pots to the central figure of the five-headed Shiva, the destroyer of evil, and his snake companion, and watched the milk levels ebb. Although some devotees force-fed the idol enthusiastically, the floor was fairly dry."
India was in pandemonium. The Government shut down for several hours, and trading ground to a halt on stock markets in Bombay and New Delhi as millions in homes and temples around the country offered milk to the gods. Very soon the news spread to Hindu communities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Dubai, the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada. Reports were flooding in from all over the world. In the United Kingdom, Hindus reported miracles taking place in temples and homes around the country. At the Vishwa Temple in Southall, London, 10,000 people in 24 hours witnessed the 40 cm high statue of the bull Nandi and a bronze statue of the cobra Shash Naag drinking milk from cups and spoons.
actively participated in these miraculous events.
Rebecca Mae, a Daily Express journalist,
wrote: "I had a good view from the side and all I can
say is that the statue appeared to suck in half a
spoonful while it was held level by the worshipper.
The rest was sipped reverently by the devotee. A
photographer from a national tabloid newspaper was
right in front of the statue. And he was convinced it
was drinking the milk. He said he could see no
mechanism to explain the phenomenon, after
scrutinizing it at length." Rikee Verma, a journalist
from The Times newspaper, wrote: "Being a
religious person, I first went to the upstairs
bedroom... and placed a spoonful of milk against a
photograph of Ganesh and was astonished to find within
seconds that the spoon was half empty. I checked to
make sure that the glass frame of the photograph was
not wet. It was dry. I could not believe what I was
seeing. This was clearly a message from the gods
saying: 'We are here, here's the proof.'" At the
Southall temple in London the chairman Mr Bharbari
offered his explanation. "All I know is that our Holy
Book says that wherever evil prevails on earth then
some great Soul will descend to remove the bondage of
evil so that right shall reign. We believe this
miracle, and those happening at other Hindu temples,
may be a sign that a great Soul has descended, like
Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ."
4. Muslim miracles
White image on picture
6. The mysterious hitchhiker
Lebanese girl: crystal tears
Share International's correspondent in Lebanon contacted the Meselmani family to find out more about the amazing phenomenon. It all began in March 1996, Hasnah told him. She was at school when she felt something strange in her left eye ― her first piece of crystal. Back home, she told her family what had happened and, while she was doing so, a second piece of crystal appeared in her eye.
"A few days later," she
says, "I heard someone tapping at the window. I walked
to the window and there I saw a man dressed in white.
He was sitting on a white horse, he smiled at me and
called me by name. He asked me if I would go outside
to talk to him." Hasnah went out through the front
door. There stood the "white knight," as she calls
him. He was dressed from head to foot in a white
tunic, which also covered his head and face. The
"white knight" said she needn’t be afraid and he
introduced himself to Hasnah as a "messenger from
face on rock
images on rose petals
In June 1991, Cortez, age 21, was living in a squatters’ area in San Francisco Del Monte in Quezon City. He was given a picture of the Madonna, which he placed on an altar. The following night he heard a soft voice and the sound of beautiful music. Cortez followed the voice and found it was emanating from the picture. The Madonna was shedding tears of blood and the baby Jesus in the altar appeared to be catching the tears with one hand. The picture was later placed on a church altar, and a relative of Cortez was healed of a fever.
Two days later, Cortez said he was again awakened by beautiful music, and the Madonna began giving him messages. Since that time, Cortez has seen and talked to the Madonna more than 100 times.
Other miracles have accompanied these manifestations. Columnist Christine Dayrit reported on one particular miracle ― sacred images appearing on rose petals.
"He [Cortez] took a flower from a vase of fresh white roses which we had brought. He then took the petals from the stalk by removing the sepal. One by one, Carmelo placed a petal on our shoulders as we said our prayers ... After a few moments, we were asked to take a look at the petals. To our astonishment, what were originally plain white rose petals had now on them the image of the crucified Christ."
Weeping Madonna in Toronto
statue of Mary sweats oil
12. Statue in
Trinidad weeps tears of blood
13. White buffalo calf ― a good
On 9 May of this year, a
silvery-white buffalo calf named Medicine Wheel was
born at the ranch of Joe Merrival on the Pine Ridge
reservation of South Dakota. Another white calf,
Rainbow, had been born in the same herd some two weeks
earlier, on 27 April. It died 25 hours later of
scours, a diarrhea-type condition. The odds of the
birth of a white buffalo are estimated as 6-10 million
The birth of a white buffalo calf is seen by the Native Americans as the most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that are becoming prevalent within the Christian churches. Just as the Christian faithful who attend these signs see them as a renewal of God's ongoing relationship with humanity, so do the Native Americans see the white buffalo calf as a sign to begin to mend life's sacred hoop.
Floyd Hand Looks For
Buffalo, an Oglala medicine man, has commented: "…
These are omens, and they are happening in the most
unexpected place among the poorest people in the
country. They are good omens, if we pay attention to
them. For us, this would be something like coming to
see Jesus lying in the manger."
14. Israel ―
red heifer seen as sign
"Traditionally, there have been only nine such red cows in our history. The first was prepared under the direction of Moses and Aaron in the desert. The second was officiated over by Ezra upon the Jews' return from the Babylonian exile. Seven more were prepared during the period of the Second Temple. According to the 12th century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the 10th and final red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah."
A dozen rabbis have examined the calf and said she is
the long-awaited ritual heifer, meeting, so far, all
the criteria described by the ancients. If the calf
lives unblemished for another 18 months, she can
theoretically be put to use. "It is written that it is
the 10th heifer that the Messiah will discover and
here we have the 10th heifer. This is a clear sign
that the Messiah is near," said Rabbi Ido Weber Erlich
of Jerusalem in an interview on Israel Radio.
For further articles about miracles, please see the "Signs of the Time" section of Shareintl News, both the current issue and previous issues.