A weeping 'miracle' icon is drawing thousands

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A weeping 'miracle' icon is drawing thousands

#1  Postby DoctorE » May 02, 2016 9:35 am

As millions of Orthodox Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jesus Christ's resurrection, thousands across the Chicago area are flocking to a suburban parish to see what they believe to be a different miracle.

Since July, tiny droplets of fragrant oil have trickled down an icon of St. John the Baptist in front of the altar at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, a village southwest of Chicago. Parishioners believe that the oil has healing properties and that its origins are a blessing from God.

"The first thing out of my mouth was, 'What do I do?'" said the Rev. Sotirios "Sam" Dimitriou, the parish priest. "You don't expect anything like this. It's breathtaking. It's so powerful to see such an act of God before your eyes."

Whether it's an act of God or a chemical reaction, few in the Greek Orthodox community care. A rational explanation is irrelevant if what seems to be a supernatural event draws people toward God, clergy say.

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#2  Postby Arcanyn » May 02, 2016 11:48 am

2,000 years ago he managed to conjure enough loaves and fishes to feed 5,000 people, now all he can manage is a few drops of oil? Surely this is a sign that their god is desperately ill, possibly suffering from a severe case of kryptonite poisoning.
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#3  Postby laklak » May 02, 2016 2:59 pm

They don't care if it's true or not. Pretty much sums up religion, eh?
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#4  Postby the_5th_ape » May 28, 2016 3:12 pm

DoctorE wrote:
Whether it's an act of God or a chemical reaction.

Clearly, its the almighty God :pray:
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#5  Postby igorfrankensteen » May 28, 2016 4:24 pm

I've always thought that the extent of reactions like that, are less illuminating about faith or even belief, than they are about how desperate the masses are.
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#6  Postby Alan B » May 28, 2016 8:07 pm

Ah, but if it's Virgin Olive Oil...
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