Lady of Lavang, Vietnam
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Our Lady of Lavang, Vietnam
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Lady of Lavang Shrine
During much of the 18th century, the nation of
Vietnam was embattled in various struggles for power and domination.
The northern regions of the kingdom fell under the authority of
the lords of the Trinh family, while in the southern realm the Nguyen
lords took power. As the eighteenth century drew toward its close,
both of their rules were shaken and threatened by peasant uprisings
and emerging rebel forces.
The strongest among the many uprisings was led by the three brothers
from Tay Son. In short order, they overthrew the Nguyen lords and
defeated the Trinh lords to restore national unity for the first
time since the decline of the Le dynasty. A Tay Son brother was
enthroned to be King Quang Trung. In 1792 he passed away and left
the throne to his son who became King Canh Thinh.
Meanwhile, Nguyen Anh continued his insurgency
in trying to reclaim his throne. Earlier in his run from the Tay
Son rebels in 1777, he found refuge on Phu Quoc Island, where Monsignor
Pierre Pigneau de Behaine of the Society of Foreign Missions directed
a seminary for youths from neighboring countries. The bishop persuaded
him to seek help from King Louis XVI of France.
King Canh Thinh knew that Nguyen Anh received
support from the French missionary and worried that the Vietnamese
Catholics would also endorse his reign. He began to restrict the
practice of Catholicism in the country. On August 17, 1798, King
Canh Thinh issued an anti-Catholic edict and an order to destroy
all Catholic churches and seminaries. A most grievous persecution
of Vietnamese Catholics and missionaries began and lasted until
1886. Even after Nguyen Anh succeeded in reclaiming his throne as
King Gia Long (1802-1820), his successors, King Minh Mang (1820-1840),
King Thieu Tri (1841-1847) and King Tu Duc (1847-1884), the last
Nguyen emperor, continued the vehement campaign against Catholics,
ordering punishments that ranged from branding their faces to death
by various cruel methods for Vietnamese Catholics and missionary
It was amidst this great suffering that the Lady
of Lavang came to the people of Vietnam. The name Lavang was believed
to be originated in the name of the deep forest in the central region
of Vietnam (now known as Quang Tri City) where there was an abundance
of a kind of trees named La' Vang. It was also said that its name
came from the Vietnamese meaning of the word "Crying Out"
to denote the cries for help of people being persecuted.
The first apparition of the Lady of Lavang was
noted in 1798, when the persecution of Vietnamese Catholics began.
Many Catholics from the nearby town of Quang Tri sought refuge in
the deep forest of Lavang. A great number of these people suffered
from the bitter cold weather, lurking wild beasts, jungle sickness
and starvation. At night, they often gathered in small groups to
say the rosary and to pray. Unexpectedly, one night they were visited
by an apparition of a beautiful Lady in a long cape, holding a child
in her arms, with two angels at her sides. The people recognized
the Lady as Our Blessed Mother.
Our Blessed Mother comforted them and told them
to boil the leaves from the surrounding trees to use as medicine.
She also told them that from that day on, all those who came to
this place to pray, would get their prayers heard and answered.
This took place on the grass area near the big ancient banyan tree
where the refugees were praying. All those who were present witnessed
this miracle. After this first apparition, the Blessed Mother continued
to appear to the people in this same place many times throughout
the period of nearly one hundred years of religious persecution.
Among many groups of Vietnamese Catholics that were burnt alive
because of their faith was a group of 30 people who were seized
after they came out of their hiding place in the forest of Lavang.
At their request, they were taken back to the little chapel of Lavang
and were immolated there on its ground.
From the time the Lady of Lavang first appeared,
the people who took refuge there erected a small and desolate chapel
in her honor. During the following years, Her name was spread among
the people in the region to other places. Despite its isolated location
in the high mountains, groups of people continued to find ways to
penetrate the deep and dangerous jungle to worship the Lady of Lavang.
Gradually, the pilgrims that came with axes, spears, canes, and
drums to scare away wild animals were replaced by those holding
flying flags, flowers and rosaries. The pilgrimages went on every
year despite the continuous persecution campaigns.
In 1886, after the persecution had officially
ended, Bishop Gaspar ordered a church to be built in honor of the
Lady of Lavang. Because of its precarious location and limited funding,
it took 15 years for the completion of the church of Lavang. It
was inaugurated by Bishop Gaspar in a solemn ceremony that participated
by over 12,000 people and lasted from August 6th to 8th, 1901. The
bishop proclaimed the Lady of Lavang as the Protectorate of the
Catholics. In 1928, a larger church was built to accommodate the
increasing number of pilgrims. This church was destroyed in the
summer of 1972 during the Vietnam war.
The history of the Lady of Lavang continues to
gain greater significance as more claims from people whose prayers
were answered were validated. In April of 1961, the Council of Vietnamese
Bishops selected the holy church of Lavang as the National Sacred
Marian Center . In August of 1962, Pope John XXIII elevated the
church of Lavang to The Basilica of Lavang. On June 19, 1988, Pope
John Paul II in the canonizing ceremony of the 117 Vietnamese martyrs,
publicly and repeatedly recognized the importance and significance
of the Lady of Lavang and expressed a desire for the rebuilding
of the Lavang Basilica to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the
first apparition of the Lady of Lavang in August of 1998.
On 11/27/2000 the shrine of Our Lady of
La Vang, on the front lawn of St John Vianney Church, was blessed
by Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly. The marble figures of Mary and the
dragon were sculpted in Vietnam. The statue of Mary will be placed
on top of the dragon figure and the shrine also will include walkways
statue cries pearls
in Lhasa, Tibet, is crying small pearls, reports a German journalist.
The statue is of Shakyamuni Buddha and is in the Jokhang Temple.
The lama who related the story to the journalist reports that the
statue cries frequently and the lamas are always very moved when
it happens. The journalist brought five of the pearls to Munich
where he plans to have one analyzed by a chemist. Describing the
pearls he said: "They are lovely and look like love-pearls."
(Benjamin Creme’s Master confirms that the
pearls are manifested by Maitreya.)
(From the December 1999 issue of Share
emanates from Japanese Bodhisattva image
On 4 July 1987, an image of the Bodhisattva, emanating
rainbow-colored light, was discovered on the bathroom window in
the house of Mr and Mrs Yajima in Nagano City, Japan. Rainbow colors
emanate from the head and body of the 48-cm-high figure on the glass.
The image has a patterned, silver-colored crown on its head. On
its neck, there are two strings of prayer beads. The image is standing
on a lotus, and is holding a small round-faced girl.
About the same time as the window image was discovered,
an image appeared on the wall below the bathroom window. In the
beginning, this image looked as if it were just a stain, but as
time went by, it became clearer, and the outline darker. The image
is apr. 40 cm high, and wears a pointed hat with a rounded middle.
It holds a water pot in its hand, and sits on a lotus. The eyes
are now clearly visible on the wall.
About a year after the image appeared on the bathroom
window, the family demolished their bathroom. In its place, they
built a small temple to enshrine the glass of the Bodhisattva. During
the construction process, when workers were digging in the ground
below where the image appeared, they discovered a ball about 35
cm in diameter. No one could figure out whether the ball was made
of wood, stone or iron. The ball emanates a very strong energy.
When people place their fingers close to the white walls of the
shrine, a rainbow-colored light appears between the wall and their
fingers. This phenomenon can be seen only at the wall, and happens
to everyone who tries it. The rainbow color is most clearly seen
when the wall is in the shade.
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- Red Heifer seen as Sign
The birth of a rust-coloured calf in Israel
is being hailed as a miraculous sign of the coming of the Messiah.
The red heifer, of a variety believed extinct for centuries, was
born to a black and white mother and a tan-coloured bull on a northern
Israeli farm run by a religious high school for troubled and orphaned
students. In ancient times the ashes of a red heifer, butchered
in her third year, were mixed with water and used to purify Jews
before they could approach Jerusalem's Holy Temple on Temple Mount.
Not since the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans in
AD 70 has a red heifer been born in Israel, scholars say.
"Traditionally, there have been only nine
such red cows in our history. The first was prepared under the direction
of Moses and Aaron in the desert. The second was officiated over
by Ezra upon the Jews' return from the Babylonian exile. Seven more
were prepared during the period of the Second Temple. According
to the 12th century Jewish philosopher Maimonides, the 10th and
final red heifer will be prepared by the Messiah."
A dozen rabbis have examined the calf and said
she is the long-awaited ritual heifer, meeting, so far, all the
criteria described by the ancients. If the calf lives unblemished
for another 18 months, she can theoretically be put to use. "It
is written that it is the 10th heifer that the Messiah will discover
and here we have the 10th heifer. This is a clear sign that the
Messiah is near," said Rabbi Ido Weber Erlich of Jerusalem
in an interview on Israel Radio.
(Sources: Boston Globe; Newsweek Magazine; Washington
Jewish Week; USA)
Hindu milk miracle
On Thursday 21 September 1995 the news swept around
the world of the extraordinary miracles of milk-drinking Hindu statues.
Never before in history has a simultaneous miracle occurred on such
a global scale. Television, radio and newspapers eagerly covered
this unique phenomenon, and even sceptical journalists held their
milk-filled spoons to the gods -- and watched, humbled, as the milk
disappeared. The media coverage was extensive, and although scientists
and 'experts' created theories of "capillary absorption"
and "mass hysteria," the overwhelming evidence and conclusion
was that an unexplainable miracle had occurred.
It all began at dawn in a temple on the outskirts
of Delhi, India, when milk offered to a statue of Ganesh just disappeared
into thin air. Word spread so quickly throughout India that soon
thousands were offering milk to the gods and watching in amazement
as it disappeared. Life in India was brought to a virtual standstill
as people rushed to temples to see for themselves the drinking gods.
Others claimed that small statues in millions of homes around the
country were also drinking the offerings of milk.
Traffic in Delhi was halted as police struggled
to control crowds who gathered outside hundreds of temples with
jugs and saucepans of milk for the marble statues of Ganesh, the
Hindu God of wisdom and learning, and Shiva, his father.
Even the cynical professed amazement. "It's
unbelievable. My friends told me about it and I just thought it
was rubbish," said a Delhi business woman, Mabati Kasori. "But
then I did it myself. I swear that the spoon was drained."
Parmeesh Soti, a company executive, was convinced it was a miracle.
"It cannot be a hoax. Where would all that milk go to? It just
disappeared in front of my eyes." Suzanne Goldenberg, a Delhi-based
journalist, reported that: "Inside the darkened shrine, people
held stainless steel cups and clay pots to the central figure of
the five-headed Shiva, the destroyer of evil, and his snake companion,
and watched the milk levels ebb. Although some devotees force-fed
the idol enthusiastically, the floor was fairly dry."
India was in pandemonium. The Government shut
down for several hours, and trading ground to a halt on stock markets
in Bombay and New Delhi as millions in homes and temples around
the country offered milk to the gods. Very soon the news spread
to Hindu communities in Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, Thailand, Dubai,
the United Kingdom, the USA, and Canada. Reports were flooding in
from all over the world. In the United Kingdom, Hindus reported
miracles taking place in temples and homes around the country. At
the Vishwa Temple in Southall, London, 10,000 people in 24 hours
witnessed the 40 cm high statue of the bull Nandi and a bronze statue
of the cobra Shash Naag drinking milk from cups and spoons.
Many journalists actively participated in
these miraculous events. Rebecca Mae, a Daily Express journalist,
wrote: "I had a good view from the side and all I can say is
that the statue appeared to suck in half a spoonful while it was
held level by the worshipper. The rest was sipped reverently by
the devotee. A photographer from a national tabloid newspaper was
right in front of the statue. And he was convinced it was drinking
the milk. He said he could see no mechanism to explain the phenomenon,
after scrutinizing it at length." Rikee Verma, a journalist
from The Times newspaper, wrote: "Being a religious person,
I first went to the upstairs bedroom... and placed a spoonful of
milk against a photograph of Ganesh and was astonished to find within
seconds that the spoon was half empty. I checked to make sure that
the glass frame of the photograph was not wet. It was dry. I could
not believe what I was seeing. This was clearly a message from the
gods saying: 'We are here, here's the proof.'" At the Southall
temple in London the chairman Mr Bharbari offered his explanation.
"All I know is that our Holy Book says that wherever evil prevails
on earth then some great Soul will descend to remove the bondage
of evil so that right shall reign. We believe this miracle, and
those happening at other Hindu temples, may be a sign that a great
Soul has descended, like Lord Krishna or Jesus Christ."
(Sources: The Guardian; The Independent;
The Times; The Telegraph; The Daily Express; The Daily Mail; UK)
buffalo calf -- a good omen
In 1993, a white buffalo calf was born in Colorado,
and in 1994 another one, named Miracle, was born in Janesville,
Wisconsin, on the ranch of Dave and Valerie Heider. Thousands of
people of many different faiths have visited Miracle, testifying
that her birth is a call for all races to come together to heal
the earth and solve our mutual problems.
On 9 May of this year, a silvery-white buffalo
calf named Medicine Wheel was born at the ranch of Joe Merrival
on the Pine Ridge reservation of South Dakota. Another white calf,
Rainbow, had been born in the same herd some two weeks earlier,
on 27 April. It died 25 hours later of scours, a diarrhea-type condition.
The odds of the birth of a white buffalo are estimated as 6-10 million
The birth of a white buffalo calf is seen by the
Native Americans as the most significant of prophetic signs, equivalent
to the weeping statues, bleeding icons, and crosses of light that
are becoming prevalent within the Christian churches. Just as the
Christian faithful who attend these signs see them as a renewal
of God's ongoing relationship with humanity, so do the Native Americans
see the white buffalo calf as a sign to begin to mend life's sacred
Floyd Hand Looks For Buffalo, an Oglala medicine
man, has commented: "… These are omens, and they are
happening in the most unexpected place among the poorest people
in the country. They are good omens, if we pay attention to them.
For us, this would be something like coming to see Jesus lying in
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