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Amidst a devastated landscape, Mary stands

On November 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan — a Category 5 Super Typhoon and the strongest tropical cyclone to make a landfall on record with winds of 195 mph — hit the islands of the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan wrought catastrophic destruction in central Philippines, where cities and towns are largely destroyed. According to UN officials, about 11 million people have been affected and many are left homeless. It is estimated that at least 10,000 people may have died in the city of Tacloban alone. If the death toll is confirmed, this would be the deadliest natural disaster on record in the Philippines.

U.S. Marine Brig. Gen. Paul Kennedy said after taking a helicopter flight over Tacloban, “I don’t believe there is a single structure that is not destroyed or severely damaged in some way — every single building, every single house.”

Below is an image of the devastation of Tacloban:

Amidst the total destruction of the city of Tacloban, one sacred statue stands — a statue of Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Kneeling before Mary is a statue of St. Bernadette (1844-1879), to whom Our Lady had appeared 18 times in a grotto in Lourdes, France. That grotto became the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, a major place of pilgrimage — by an estimated 200 million people since 1860 — and of miraculous healings. The Holy See has officially recognized 69 healings at Lourdes to be miraculous. Those miracles are determined by the Church in accordance with rigorous criteria that exclude physical or psychological explanations, leaving only the healing power of the grotto’s spring water as the sole explanation.

Tacloban is not the only statue of Mary that survived destruction.

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck America’s entire eastern seaboard, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York. Damage in the United States amounted to $65 billion.

A spit of land in Queens, NY, called Breezy Point was destroyed first by flood, then by fire. More than 100 homes burned to the ground because the flood kept firefighters from reaching it.

One of the homes burned to the ground was that of the McNulty family, on the corner of Oceanside and Gotham, a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. Flooding and fire had left behind nothing but the house’s charred foundation.

The one part of the home to survive intact was a statue of the Virgin Mary that Mary McNulty had placed in her garden years ago.


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Angel Lights

“Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” — C. S. Lewis

AngelWingsReacting to a post I did last Thursday, “A Prayer to our Guardian Angel,” Scott M., an FOTM reader-commenter, sent us these extraordinary pictures he’d taken.
At the time when Scott took these pictures, he didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. It was only when he looked at the photos that he saw them — an angel, orbs of light, a golden candlestick, and a tiny cross over his son’s heart.
It didn’t matter what camera he used. The pictures all came out suffused with the extraordinary and the unexplainable.
Here are some of the pictures, with Scott’s commentary. To protect the privacy of Scott’s son, Max, I’ve superimposed a picture of a dove over the boy’s face. (Click the pics to enlarge.)

1, Angel in the Window:

???????????????????????????????Scott writes: “This pic was taken in an old abandoned 1800′s church in North Florida. We were all alone, we just got through saying the Lord’s Prayer. Max looked at me and said, ‘You know, Dad, Jesus made an awesome sacrifice for us.’ Right then I snapped the picture. Later when I down loaded it I saw something in the window. Around the church outside there was nothing even close to the windows. I cropped it out and blew it up…and it blew me away. If you look close you can see her hands folded over her heart. You can even see her little fingers. At the bottom of the picture you can see where she manifested herself up from, like a traveling tube. She is smiling and her wings are spread. Just amazing.”

2. Orbs of Light:

cross on Max“This picture of my son, Max, was taken inside our church. The window behind Max is the spot where the angel was seen. Notice the angel orbs of light around Max (indicated by the yellow arrows). There was also a tiny little orb of light on Max’s chest.”
???????????????????????????????“I was led to crop it out and blow it up. As you can see, there is a perfect cross inside the orb right over his heart.”

3. Cross Over Max’s Heart:


4. The Golden Candlestick:

max golden candle stick (2)See that golden candlestick on the left? In actuality, there was no golden candlestick when Scott took this pic. Here’s his commentary: “The second is a golden candle stick to the left of my son. This is amazing. I believe it to be a sign of God’s inner sanctuary ( The secret place of the most high, our hearts in His heart). As in the Holy of Holies within His temple. I was also led to Zachariah 4 and 5. Another amazing thing is I took the picture with a flash and yet the golden candlestick threw a shadow. How is that possible?”
Scott writes: “God has so showered me and my family with His loving grace and mercy. We have come back from utter desolation through our complete surrender to His love and will. I tell Him every day, ‘Lord, I love you … and I appreciate you very much.’ We have now, with much hard work and His guidance, turned generations of sickness and walking-away into repentance and spiritual closeness in our secret place of the Most High — His hands. Thank you Lord.”
Fellowship of the Minds thanks Scott and Max for sharing these extraordinary pictures with us.
God bless and keep you!

“Miracles are what happens when you get out of the way of yourself.” ― Brad Szollose


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Baby pronounced dead ‘comes back to life’ in Brazilian chapel


NY Post: A Brazilian girl pronounced dead at birth “came back to life” three hours later as she lay on a hospital chapel’s altar, it’s been claimed. The lifeless body of tiny Yasmin Gomes was just minutes away from being  taken to the morgue when she kicked out one of her legs and opened her eyes. Friends and family are dubbing her apparent “resurrection” at the Lincoln  Graca hospital in Londrina as a “miracle.”

Jornal de Noticias reports that Yasmin was born to mom Jenifer da Silva  Gomes, 22, and dad Cleverson Carlos Gomes, 26, on Tuesday morning. But she stopped breathing almost immediately. Doctors tried to revive her  several times to no avail. They declared her dead at 11 a.m. and issued a death certificate.

Nurse Ana Claudia Oliveira, who assisted with the birth, asked for the  baby’s body to be laid in the hospital chapel instead of being sent to the morgue so that she could dress her properly. “I just couldn’t face the thought of her being sent down to the morgue,” she  told Globo G1.

But three hours later, at 2 p.m., Yasmin’s grandmother Elza Silva arrived  with mortician Rosilis Ferro to pick up the body. It was then that the newborn kicked out a leg and opened her eyes. “At first I couldn’t believe it; we couldn’t accept that it could happen,”  said Silva.

“Then we saw she was breathing. We hugged each other and started to shout,  ‘She’s alive. She’s alive.’ It was a miracle.” Yasmin was taken to the intensive care unit at nearby Sagrada Familia  children’s hospital and is reported to be in a stable condition.

Dr. Aurelio Filipak, who fought for more than an hour to save Yasmin’s life  after she was born, said he was completely perplexed by the incident. “In 20 years of medicine, I have never witnessed anything like this,” he  revealed.

What an incredible story – of miracles and the power of God!


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Another Miracle in Japan

After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, another miracle story has emerged. After an infant was found and a baby porpoise rescued, we now have the story of a dog that survived for three weeks. God does work in mysterious ways. Amen!
h/t @GenuineDavid

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