Skip to comments.Our Lady of Guadalupe ‘completely beyond' scientific explanation, says researcher
Posted on 08/07/2009 3:28:23 PM PDT by NYer
.- Researcher and physicist Dr. Aldofo Orozco told participants at the International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe that there is no scientific explanation for the 478 years of high quality-preservation of the Tilma or for the miracles that have occurred to ensure its preservation.
Dr. Orozco began his talk by confirming that the conservation of the Tilma, the cloak of St. Juan Diego on which Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared 478 years ago, is completely beyond any scientific explanation.
All the cloths similar to the Tilma that have been placed in the salty and humid environment around the Basilica have lasted no more than ten years, he explained. One painting of the miraculous image, created in 1789, was on display in a church near the basilica where the Tilma was placed. This painting was made with the best techniques of its time, the copy was beautiful and made with a fabric very similar to that of the Tilma. Also, the image was protected with a glass since it was first placed there.
However, eight years later, the copy of the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was thrown away because the colors were fading and threads were breaking. In contrast, Orozco said, the original Tilma was exposed for approximately 116 years without any kind of protection, receiving all the infrared and ultraviolet radiation from the tens of thousands of candles near it and exposed to the humid and salty air around the temple.
Dr. Orozco then discussed the Tilmas fabric. He noted that one of the most bizarre characteristics of the cloth is that the back side is rough and coarse, but the front side is as soft as the most pure silk, as noted by painters and scientists in 1666, and confirmed one century later in 1751 by the Mexican painter, Miguel Cabrera.
Following an analysis of some of the fibers in 1946, it was concluded that the fibers came from the Agave plant, however, noted Dr. Orozco, the researchers couldnt figure out which of the 175 Agave species the Tilma was made from. Years later, in 1975, the famous Mexican researcher Ernesto Sodi Pallares said that the species of the agave was Agave popotule Zacc, Orozco explained, but we dont know how he reached this conclusion.
Before concluding his presentation, Dr. Orozco made mention of two miracles associated with the Tilma.
The first occurred in 1785 when a worker accidentally spilled a 50 percent nitric acid solvent on the right side of the cloth. Besides any natural explanation, the acid has not destroyed the fabric of the cloth, indeed it has not even destroyed the colored parts of the image, Orozco said.
The second miracle was the explosion of a bomb near the Tilma in 1921. Dr. Orozco recalled that the explosion broke the marble floor and widows 150 meters from the explosion, but unexpectedly, neither the Tilma nor the normal glass that protected the Tilma was damaged or broken. The only damage near it was a brass crucifix that was twisted by the blast.
He continued, There are no explanations why the shockwave that broke windows 150 meters afar did not destroy the normal glass that protected the image. Some people said that the Son by means of the brass crucifix protected the image of His Mother. The real fact is that we dont have a natural explanation for this event.
Dr. Orozco thanked the audience for listening to his presentation and closed by reassuring them that Our Lady visited Mexico 478 years ago, but she remains there to give Her Love, Her Mercy and Her Care to anyone who needs it, and to bring Her Son, Jesus Christ to everyone who receives Him.
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And the mystery of her eyes. I have seen the tilma. It has enormous impact when you see the original. >p?http://www.sancta.org/eyes.html
Our Lady: love her, hate her, disbelieve in her, relegate her to the status of “ordinary sinner”, none of it matters. She is what she is: the Mother of God, Our Lady of the Americas, and the one who through her divine Son crushes the serpent’s head.
She’s praying for all of us, whether we deserve it or not. Ave Maria, Our Lady of Guadelupe!
I’m not Catholic, B-Chan, but I respect and revere Mary as the Mother of Our Lord. God chose her and she followed obediently. The tilna has always fascinated me.
Thank you for your beautiful words - you’ve made me cry here. :)
I do believe she is praying for us. And I pray it’s God’s will that America is not destroyed.
here,here...from a southern Baptist backslider.... God Bless Ya’ll....
We in the US don’t have never lived under a royal household or long term monarchy. If you are going to pledge your faithfulness to the King whose kingdom never ends, it would be wise to have great respect for the queen mother.
In 1929, Alfonso Marcue, who was the official photographer of the old Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, found what seemed to him to be a clear image of a bearded man reflected in the right eye of the Virgin. Initially he did not believe what was before his eyes. How could it be? A bearded man inside of the eyes of the Virgin?. After many inspections of many of his black and white photographs he had no doubts and decided to inform the authorities of the Basilica. He was told that time to keep complete silence about the discovery, which he did.
More than 20 years later, on May 29, 1951, Jose Carlos Salinas Chavez, examining a good photograph of the face, rediscovers the image of what clearly appears to be a bearded man reflected in the right eye of the Virgin, and locates it on the left eye too.
The first one, on March 27, 1956, was Dr. Javier Torroella Bueno, MDS, a prestigious ophthalmologist. In what is the first report on the eyes of the image issued by a physician, he certifies what seems to be the presence of the triple reflection (Samson-Purkinje effect) characteristic of all live human eyes and states that the resulting images are located exactly where they are supossed to be according to such effect, and also that the distortion of the images agree with the curvature of the cornea.
The same year another ophthalmologist, Dr. Rafael Torrija Lavoignet, examined the eyes of the image with an ophthalmoscope in great detail. He observed the apparent human figure in the corneas of both eyes, with the location and distortion of a normal human eye and specially noted a unique appearance of the eyes: they look strangely "alive" when examined.
Many other examinations by ophthalmologists have been done of the eyes of the image on the tilma after these first ones. With more or less details all agree with the conclusions of the ones mentioned above.
See a video on the eyes images, with Dr. Aste Tonsmann.
Our Lady is the perfect Christian because she made the perfect sacrifice: everything, including her Son. Her duty is to bring God to us, a duty which cost her everything she loved. And all she asks in return is "do whatever He tells you" (John 2:5).
If only I would!
I hope the Lady doesn’t forget to rescue this poor nation in spite of the 53 percenters who abandoned her.
Yes, thanks for the reminder. Hillary has placed her government before her god ... correction .... Hillary has made her government her god.
Beautiful pic and quote. Does anyone know the artist’s name?
How did I miss that? What did they say? That is indescribably dense.
There is no artist...google the story. It is quite remarkable.
I wish someone would look at her eyes now and see if there is something else in them.
Oh sorry, you were talking about the other graphic.
I’m so sorry, but I did not believe you. I had to look it up for myself.
You are absolutely correct! I am appalled by Clinton.
I used to travel to Mexico a couple of times a year for business (no, I’m not a drug dealer...I had a small jewelry company). Any one with any knowledge of Mexico, and I would assume our SoS would have extensive knowledge of our southern neighbor, knows the importance and story behind Our Lady of the Guadalupe.
What a poseur.
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