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Posted on 07/02/2010 3:20:01 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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The palm tree
water stains apparition...
...looks like Gertrude. (Evidently the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Virgin of Carmen, holding baby Jesus in her arms, are in there, too...a hat trick!)
The candle-drippings one...
...looks like Betty Sue. (I can't believe how many times she's appeared to me and I've just tossed her out! Sorry, Betty Sue...I didn't know it was you!)
And then there's the hospital floor-stain one...
Yes, it's that dang Carlos! Grrr...messing up the floor!
(Seriously, though, Marian apparitions aren't always in robes, and skin color and other things have differed.)
Note...my apparently flippant response is not anti-Catholic in any way. It's Pro-understanding-why-pareidolia-is-so-prevalent...and natural.
Some fun TED talks...
Michael Shermer on strange beliefs
Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception
"There is an universal tendency among mankind to conceive all beings like themselves, and to transfer to every object, those qualities, with which they are familiarly acquainted, and of which they are intimately conscious. We find human faces in the moon, armies in the clouds; and by a natural propensity, if not corrected by experience and reflection, ascribe malice or good-will to every thing, that hurts or pleases us. Hence the frequency and beauty of the prosopopoeia in poetry; where trees, mountains and streams are personified, and the inanimate parts of nature acquire sentiment and passion."
--David Hume, Natural History of Religion, III
Just remember...Ted Kennedy is on Mars!
The article is written by Americans.
And I suppose you think these paper cutouts aren't real fairies and that many, many people, including Arthur Conan-Doyle--were just seeing what they wanted to see and believing what they wanted to believe... ("Elsie and Frances" Hoax)
I thought she's British.
One of the most misread scriptures by the Catholic church.. and it is disturbing because the whole purpose is to give a title and a position that God has never given her. ."Queen of Heaven"
This scripture is metaphor . The woman is Israel birthing Christ...
Its all that and more.
Interesting link. As to how Doyle could have created the brilliant Holmes, when his mentality was obviously closer to that of Watson, I can suggest one possibility: In order to depict Holmes, he channeled the spirit of a far superior intellect.
GOD ALONE IS OUR REFUGE.
NOT ANY CHURCH.
NOT ANY GRADUATED PERSONAGE.
And they’re sure this is Mary how?
Which, being interpreted
meant . . .
that I thought that post made a lot of good points.
I didn’t know whether it was a hmmm of being skeptical or offended or . . .
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