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Anonymous wrote:

To all who profess to have the intelligence of God, from whatever sources you have obtained them, I have this question.

I happen to be a practicing Catholic. I believe in Mary and Jesus, the Trinity and all that I have been taught as a Christian. I have been to places where I have actually seen miracles — things that do not happen in normal everyday life.

  • Are you trying to tell those who have experienced these miracles that we are off the wall?

I witnessed the image of Mary in Clearwater, Florida. The glass was broken by a non-believer. When the window was replaced, the image of Christ appeared below her on the lower panels. Photos of the image of Christ on the day before 9/11 had the tower image at the bottom of His image. These were not transposed.

  • Why are all these storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods occurring more and more?

Nobody wants the real truth! God is very angry and Mary is trying to let people know, by her appearances that we need to pray big time. This world is trashing itself. Stop professing as experts on what God is saying. Look at your world and you'll know the answer.

Anonymous

  { Are you trying to tell those who have experienced these miracles that we are off the wall? }

Eric replied:

Anonymous said:
To all who profess to have the intelligence of God, from whatever sources you have obtained them, I have this question.

I happen to be a practicing Catholic. I believe in Mary and Jesus, the Trinity and all that I have been taught as a Christian. I have been to places where I have actually seen miracles — things that do not happen in normal everyday life.

  • Are you trying to tell those who have experienced these miracles that we are off the wall?

No, not at all. Miracles occurred in New Testament times, and they occur today. That is not to say that all apparent miracles are legitimate.

  • Some are clever hoaxes.
  • Some are Satanic.
  • Some are random coincidences.

We have to be wise enough to discern the difference and humble enough to admit we may be wrong.

Anonymous said:
I witnessed the image of Mary in Clearwater, Florida. The glass was broken by a
non-believer. When the window was replaced, the image of Christ appeared below
her on the lower panels. Photos of the image of Christ on the day before 9/11 had
the tower image at the bottom of His image. These were not transposed.

I am not familiar with the images of Mary in Clearwater and have no opinion on it.

Generally, I do not tend to put much stock in images of Jesus or Mary in mundane objects such as broken glass, oil slicks, mud puddles, and so forth for several reasons.

  1. First, the mind has a powerful motivation to find order in chaos, and so will tend to see images in total randomness. Moreover, people tend to see what they want to see. If you want to see Mary somewhere badly enough, you will find her.

  2. Second, coincidence is a perfectly reasonable explanation in many cases.

  3. Third, I would consider it degrading to Mary to form an image of her in an oil slick or some of the other forms she's allegedly been seen in.
    • Let's get real: If God wanted to show us a sign, would He use an oil slick?

  4. Fourth, these images do not convey a clear messages. No one can figure out whether they are supposed to be a warning, or an encouragement, or what.
    • What good is that?

  5. Fifth, they could be satanic:
    • to drag people into superstition
    • to distract people from the authentic Gospel
    • to convince the unbelievers that we are all a bunch of boobs (which is exactly what they think), and
    • divide the faithful.

Anonymous said:

  • Why are all these storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods occurring more and more?

I hate to tell you this but we have always had storms, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods.

They happen from time to time. They have likely not changed in actual frequency; you could simply be more aware of them because you think they are meaningful. If you did a scientific analysis of the frequency of such events over a long period of time, and determined whether
there was a statistically significant increase in them, you might possibly have a point; then
again, it could be a natural cycle.

That said, if disasters bring you to repentance and to living out the Gospel, fantastic!

Anonymous said:
Nobody wants the real truth! God is very angry and Mary is trying to let people know, by her appearances that we need to pray big time. This world is trashing itself. Stop professing as experts on what God is saying. Look at your world and you'll know the answer.

The real truth is the Gospel. Each one of us needs to be living the Gospel to the fullest every day. You are right, each one of us should be praying for the world and for the salvation and conversion of souls. You do not need an apparition from Mary to do this, and should not.

If an apparent apparition of Mary motivates you to do what you should have been doing all along, wonderful. If believing in this makes you a better Christian, wonderful, I will not argue with you. If it makes you, and I'm not saying that it is doing this, divisive, superstitious, or bitter, or in any way distracts you from the Gospel or leads you to sin, it is bad for you.

Mary points to Jesus; she does not ultimately draw attention to herself. Keep your eyes on Him, and on following the Gospel, and you will do well.

Eric

Mary Ann replied:

Anonymous,

I don't think anyone on this panel would disagree with you that miracles happen and that God is trying to speak with us in many ways these days — through signs, images, and nature — to warn us of the consequences of our ungodly behavior. We must repent and pray for mercy and grace for ourselves and others. We must, however, pray out of love, as Mary does.

Thank you for your reminder that heady Catholicism is nothing if it does not result in conversion of heart.

Mary Ann

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