The phenomena of sacred miracles are the greatest mysteries of the world's Holy Books. They are well documented and, according to the majority of religious orders, brought about by the volition of the Creator. In this respect, the majority of the scientific community continues grasping the meaning of such concepts as miracles, when it is often impossible to authenticate “divine intervention.”
Jake Finkbonner's 2006 cure from flesh-eating infection was deemed medically inexplicable by the Vatican, the "miracle" needed to propel a 17th century Native American, Kateri Tekakwitha, on to sainthood. Kateri will be canonized on Sunday along with six other people, the first Native American to receive the honor.
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[First Glimpse of Moonrise taken by Col. Chris Hadfield on the Int'l Space Station] Is it not a miracle that mankind has been bestowed such increased knowledge to be able to even take this picture?
Dec. 2007: When he heard the helicopter, Frederick Dominguez went running. The helicopter was seconds from leaving the area. The Dominguez family had went Christmas tree hunting and became stranded for 3 days on a snow-covered mountain. Had Dominguez not been moving, the pilot would not have seen him. The family had huddled together & sang to stay optomistic during their ordeal. The father had arrayed branches to spell HELP, but the sign had gone unnoticed by the pilot.
2009: In what was either a miracle or grievous hospital error, a Paraguayan man found his baby son alive inside his coffin hours after being pronounced dead. "I opened it to look at his remains," he recalls, "and found that the baby was breathing. I began to cry." Hospital officials speculate that the doctor must have checked the infant's vital signs improperly.
"Jesus face" spotted in a field near Puspokladany, Hungary on Google Earth. An Internet surfer perusing Google Earth has reported his findings, "I'm not a religious person looking for images of Mary or Jesus in everything, but this is obvious," said Zack Evans, 26, a sales assistant who lives in England's Southampton. In the last two weeks, others have reported finding the image of Christ on the bottom of an iron, on a drain pipe and in the woodgrain of a bathroom door, reports the Sun
Japan Earthquake: A 4-month old baby girl was pulled from the rubble in the coastal town of Ishinomaki, where she had been wrenched from her parents when the tsunami hit 3 days before. Soldier, who was now on a recovery mission after finding 2000 bodies, at first thought they were hearing things. When they heard the baby cry again, they pulled from the rubble. Not only had she been saved from drowning, but from injury as well; she was simply cold and wet. She was quickly reunited with her family
2011: Nicole Kissel heard cries for help from 12 yr old, Dale Ostrander & turned her boogie board toward the deeper waters of the turbulent Pacific even as her father shouted for her to stop. She reached him, slung him onto her board & was almost to reach safety when a rogue wave hit. Nicole managed to hang on; Dale was sucked under the current. EMTs gave him CPR all the way to hospital; the outlook was grim. Two days later he woke up in hospital & told her 'thank you'; the doctor's were shocked
A knot in a tree said to resemble the Virgin Mary is sparking a holy mess in a New Jersey town. Throngs are coming to pray & weep before the 'miracle'. Others come to deride the worshippers. And all of them are jamming the streets. The city has spent $ 1000 a day to quell any confrontations, prevent tree vandalism and keep traffic moving, the local mayor says. The faithful believe the image resembles Our Lady of Guadalupe, complete with black cloak, a vision first spotted in the 16th century.
"It's amazing no one was killed amid massive destruction." Dallas Mayor, Mary Suhm said about the 13 tornadoes that hit the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Eighteen-wheelers were sent sailing through the air, hundreds of homes were smashed and cars crunched. Not one single person lost their life during this disaster in 2012.
Nigeria (1988) St. Mary's Catholic primary school, Aking in Akamkpa Local Government area of Cross River State (Nigeria) became a centre of attraction when the image of a man suspected to be Jesus Christ appeared on the wall of the school. The picture of the man, clad in white garment with a lamb on the right hand side & a staff in his left hand appeared on the wall with light shining around the area, attracting various people to the scene. Reports said the picture disappeared after 10 minutes.
Italy (1997) On 12 April 1997 a fire raged through Turin Cathedral destroying the 300-year-old Guarini Chapel which was built especially for the Sindone, the Shroud in which, tradition has it, the body of Jesus was buried. The Turin Shroud itself was saved from the blaze by a fireman who, as if in trance, cut through four layers of bullet-proof glass to rescue the silver box containing the Shroud.
Iran (1995) "It is reported in various parts of the city (Teheran) that an image of Jesus has been seen on fences or in windows. People have gathered to witness it for themselves." So writes the Iranian newspaper Akhbar in its 25 December 1995 edition. The report also mentions the spontaneous healing of a paralysed girl from a Christian family. Many Christians and Muslims have flocked to the city to witness this miracle.
St John's Church of Glastonbury: Towards the end of the main Sunday Eucharist on the Feast of Pentecost 1993, 5 members of the congregation began to 'speak in tongues'. This had never happened before in the church. One man who 'spoke in tongues' was disturbed by the totally involuntary nature of the experience. At the end of the service, each separately was asked to write down the meaning of the words. In all respects, they were identical apart from slight errors in spelling.
A symbol of hope, rebirth and unity for Native Americans has been born in the form of a white buffalo calf named Miracle. The rare birth, which took place on a farm in Wisconsin, has great cultural significance for the Great Plains Native American tribes. Floyd Hand, a Sioux medicine man from South Dakota, says the arrival of a white buffalo is like the Second Coming of Christ. The calf's birth will "bring purity of mind, body and spirit, and unify all nations -- black, red, yellow and white".
1994: A symbol of hope, rebirth & unity for Native Americans has been born in the form of a white buffalo. The rare birth, born in Wisconsin, has great cultural significance for the Great Plains Native American tribes. A Sioux medicine man from South Dakota says the arrival of the white buffalo is like the Second Coming of Christ. The odds of a white buffalo being born is 1 in 6,000 million. Some believe this buffalo is a messenger of creation.
1997: An albino tiger oscar fish, owned by the Ahmadi family, has suddenly become a celebrity in Lodi, San Joaquin County. A group of Muslims are convinced that the markings on the flank of the fish spell out the word "Allah" in Arabic. "It's a sign of Allah," said Ahmadi, a student of the Koran, Islam's holy book. "If He wants to write His name on any kind of animal or thing, he can do it." The allah fish has received a flood of guests since it moved into its new aquarium in the Ahmadi home.
Miraculous Aubergine (1996): The home of Salim & Ruksana Patel, in Bolton, England, has recently been inundated with about 50 visitors a day, coming to see their miraculous aubergine. Mrs Patel foresaw the miracle in a dream after she'd bought the aubergine from their local shop. On slicing the vegetable in half, she saw that the seeds were formed in the Muslim symbol "Ya-Allah", meaning Allah exists.
Healing Waters of Tlacote, Mexico: in this small town people line up to visit Jesus Chahin's well that is reputed to have miraculous healing powers. The famous water is said to have cured everything from AIDS and cancer to obesity and high cholesterol. Since 1991 millions of people have been to Tlacote, as far away as Europe and Russia, to be healed. The ranch owner, Chahin, has kept a register of each visitor since he opened the well to the public. As many as 5,000-10,000 people a day has come.
Buddhist Miracle: in 1997 it was reported that multi-colored light beams appeared from a Buddhist monastery in Nyaunglaybin, Burma. At the center of the phenomenon is a monk named Sayadew and some of his followers have claimed to see "relics of Buddha", who died over 2,500 years ago, on the monk's robes. Other followers have said they have seen rainbow-like colors coming from the rood of Sayadew's home.
Methuselah- The world’s oldest individual tree lives 10,000 feet above sea level in the Inyo National Forest, California. A staggering 4,765 years old, this primeval tree was already a century old when the first pyramid was built in Egypt. The tree is hidden among other millennia-old Great Basin bristlecone pines in a grove called the Forest of Ancients. To protect the tree from vandalism, the forest service keeps its exact location secret
Miraculous Discovery: Darren Naish, palaeontologist at the University of Southampton, says the fossil is “incredible”. Rauhut says that fossils of theropod dinosaurs, which include the genus Tyrannosaurus, are rare and usually fragmented. “The best-preserved Tyrannosaurus we have are about 80 percent preserved, and that is already terrific,” he says. The new fossil is around 98% intact.
"Jack Sharpe was a prisoner in the Outram jail in Singapore; almost no one survived it for two years, and it was from this infamous prison that Sharpe was liberated in August 1945 with the dubious distinction of being its longest survivor. During his captivity, plagued by scurvy, dysentery and scabs, Sharpe saw his weight decreased from 70 kilograms to less than 25 kilograms. He lived to be 88."