The news of miracles is never new, and more often than not they turn out to be complete hoaxes designed to fool people. But does the larger number of hoaxes make the existence of real life miracles in the world in the present context impossible? Certainly not.
Here we will see five cases where miracles were witnessed not by a small number of people that can easily be dismissed as conspiracies but a considerably large number that makes faking the miracles somewhat impossible and putting them aside as myths a strange idea.
Though there are many cases of miracles that individuals claim, this article is however about only those cases witnessed by a large number of people together.
1. Pope Francis liquefying dried blood with a kiss
During a Mass on March 21, 2015, Pope Francis was given a vial of dried blood. When the Pope kissed it, the dried blood turned to an extent liquefied. The blood belonged to St. Gennaro and it was liquefied for the first time since 1848 in the papal presence. St. Gennaro was martyred in the year 305 AD.
2. The mysterious voice that saved the life of a child
In March 2015, the car of 25-year-old Jennifer Groesbeck hit a cement barrier, ran off the road and fell into the Spanish Fork River. The officers who carried out the rescue work claimed that Jennifer most possibly had died instantly. The submerged car was not discovered until after more than 14 hours when it was finally spotted by a fisherman.
When the officers reached the spot, they heard a distinct voice calling them for help. The voice motivated them and as they tried to look for survivors, they found that Jennifer was cold and dead in the almost freezing temperature and could not have called for help. Then they found that her 18-month-old daughter, Lily, was hanging upside down, her head barely touching the water. She was unconscious.
Everyone agreed to have heard the voice, but no one could come up with an explanation. It was also a miracle for the baby to have survived for that long in such a severe condition and upside down.
“I don’t know what I thought I heard,” one of the officers claimed. “I’m not a typically religious guy. It’s hard to explain — it was definitely something. Where and why it came from, I’m not sure.”
3. Statues drinking milk
When on December 21, 1995 a Hindu worshipper at a temple in South Delhi offered milk to a statue of Ganesha, the milk disappeared. The story spread like wildfire and devotees were seen flocking to the temples with milk. Within hours, the news made international headlines increasing the sale of milk in New Delhi by 30 per cent.
Temples were struggling with the number of devotees standing in long queues. While it is largely believed to be a miracle to this date, some scientists attribute the phenomenon to capillary action.
4. The dancing of the Sun witnessed by a million people
What makes Miracle of the Sun one of the most fascinating cases of modern miracles is the sheer number of people who witnessed the miracle together removing any chances of the incident getting branded a myth or hoax.
On the noon of October 13, 1917 between 30,000 to 1,00,000 people gathered near Fatima in Portugal after three young children named Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto predicted a miracle so that people might believe in Blessed Virgin Mary who had been giving visions to the three children for quite a few months. Lucia requested the miracle.
Consequently, on that day, a large number of people gathered to witness the miracle regardless of faith. According to the witnesses, during the noon, there was a rain and when the rain stopped, the sun appeared abnormally dull, opaque and like a shining disk casting multicoloured lights across the landscape and people. Then it fell towards the Earth before again zigzagging back to its normal spot, drying the clothes of the people, which were soaked in the rain. Several newspapers were also there to witness that and the event appeared in their editions in the following days. The Catholic Church officially accepted the event as a miracle on October 13, 1930.
5. The weeping statue of Virgin Mary in Akita, Japan.
In 1973, the city of Akita in Japan drew worldwide attention when Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa reported that a wooden statue of Virgin Mary in the church was weeping and had developed wounds. She also reported of having seen a guardian angel.
The case grew so popular that the bizarre phenomenon was even broadcasted live on Japanese television and witnessed by thousands. Later, tests were done on the blood, tears and sweat that were oozing out of the body of the statue in the Faculty of Forensic Medicine at the University of Akita and it was confirmed to be the precipitations of real human. The statue wept for six years and 101 times, and no one has any explanation till date about the odd event.