Sunday, January 20, 2013

Virgin Mary appearing to Chaldean Woman in Southeastern Michigan

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Yes, this title has the sound of a bad tabloid article, doesn’t it?  But today I spoke to a man named William who has been in her house and believes this is true.  William told me at a retreat at the Manresa Retreat Center in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan that he saw oil oozing from a crucifix, a painting of the Suffering Christ, a painting of the Virgin Mother, and from other Christian artifacts in this woman’s home.  It is this phenomenon
See the oil oozing from the far left of the painting.
Tray beneath picture is full of oil
that first draws people's interest to this story, so I'll say a bit about that, before talking about the Virgin Mary's words. The source of the oil has no scientific explanation.  For example, the painting is on a thin canvas, there are no hoses or tubes attached to it, and the reverse side of the painting is completely dry.  Over the course of the past four years (since Aug. 2008), over three hundred and fifty pounds of oil has emerged from these and other artifacts in this house.

While the oil is a very puzzling (and convincing) physical phenomenon, when I hear of something like this that is real (and I’m strongly leaning in this direction based on having met William and knowing the priest who informed him, and seen the video… link below), I don’t get caught up in the physical miracle.  When God makes things like this happen, it’s not stand-alone.  It is done to help people believe in some sort of message.  

Some of the jars of oil collected in three years.
Other oil has been given away to visitors.
In this case, the message is being spoken by an apparition of the Virgin Mary.  She is heard audibly by the Chaldean woman. 

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  2. Is it possible to visit? I would love tomeet her and receive graces from the oil. So many people need healing!

  3. Hi Karen,
    Yes, it’s possible to visit, but it’s not open to the public. You have to be invited by someone who knows the visionary. I was invited by the main priest, Father Bernie, who was holding regular Mass at her home. He ascertained over a couple meetings that I was not just a curiosity seeker, but had a firm belief that the Virgin Mary was appearing in Medjugorje.
    He asked that I not divulge the name or location of the visionary for the sake of her privacy.
    I see by clicking on your name that in 2009, when you started your own blog, you were living in New Jersey. If you were to visit, would you be flying in from New Jersey?
    Perhaps we should communicate directly by email. Contact me at
    Bill Schaef

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    1. Amen, Peter!
      I'm the editor of this site, and wanted to tell you that this site has been upgraded to a new site with a new name: That's where all the new stories and new traffic will be sent.
      The CIRL blog won't get any new stories.

      Bill Schaef.