at Home and Abroad
| (from The Mendonesian,
Mendocino County, California, January 1996 issue
From a regular column entitled "Water Under the Bridge")
Greenwood Community Church Cross Appears
I quietly put the fixture back together, wanting to research the phenomenon before making any extraordinary claims. I found the article I had clipped a few years ago called the "Miracle Crosses of El Monte." The picture showed an identical cross. Awhile later, I was replacing more light bulbs at the church while preparing for an art auction. I noticed, while the lens glasses was all apparently the same in the six church light fixtures, three of the lenses refracted the holographic crosses, and three did not. You can't see the cross unless the light source is some distance from the glass, so it doesn't show when the lights are in normal use. After some months passed, I found an opportunity to show one of the crosses to a person who claims to be "sensitive" to such phenomena, and who also had knowledge of the other miracle crosses that by now have been appearing world wide. The story I was told, though seemingly fantastic, was that the crosses are a sign of a great soul descending into the every day world, and the beginning of a golden era for humanity. I showed the church committee the cross, demonstrating its holographic qualities. I received permission to put it on display at the church. It is an inspiring sight, regardless of how one feels about the qualities attributed to it.
Another amazing manifestation occurred at a major Hindu temple in Wimbledon, South London. There, milk offerings to the statue of Ganesh disappeared, and simultaneously, in a shrine room containing a large photograph of Sai Baba, vibuti (holy ash) poured from Sai Baba's forehead, and amrit (nectar) flowed from his feet. Sai Baba is an Indian holy man considered to be an Avatar or living god.
Nasreen has a photo album filled with pictures of miracles: the statue crying tears of blood (because of the wars); the head of the statue facing at different angles (it once 'bowed' its head in front of a crowd of 150 people to thank them for being faithful); a dramatic image of Jesus superimposed on a photo of her garden; and so on.
The oil phenomenon started in October 1988. The smell of oil filled the room. A picture of the Virgin Mary holding the baby Jesus began leaking oil. The priest from the local church was informed. 15 days later, Nasreen began receiving messages from the Virgin Mary. Then the Virgin Mary appeared to Nasreen .She was the only one who could see her. More people started to come to visit, hearing news of the miracles by word of mouth. The priest took samples of the oil and the messages to the Vatican. The oil was tested and found to be 100% olive oil, over 500 years old! It apparently takes the Vatican many years to verify a miracle.
The Dutch Christian daily newspaper TROUW ran an article about the phenomenon known as "A Mysterious Hitchhiker": A member of the Dutch Reformed Church heard the story at his bible class: a motorist picks up a hitchhiker along the motor way. A conversation develops on spiritual matters and the subject of the future Kingdom of God crops up. The hitchhiker then announces that Jesus will appear again soon and disappears in the same way as at the supper at Emmaus. The motorist is so shaken by the experience that he parks his car on the hard shoulder to recover from the shock. Here he is approached by some traffic policemen to whom he tells the story. They reply, "You are the eighth motorist who has told us this." Similar stories are reported from New Zealand, Mississippi, Florida, and numerous other places, all with a similar outline.
In regard to the current popularity of angels, the editor reflected: "We cannot give a definitive answer. We can guess, though. In a sectarian age, when people are being slaughtered for their differences, angels are nonsectarian well-wishers, common to Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Zoroastrianism. Bodhisattvas fulfill the same role ... in Buddhism, as avatars do in Hinduism. They are universal exemplars of grace and innocence ... a sweet antidote to the nastiness of most popular culture."
(Benjamin Creme's Master confirms that the cross at the Greenwood Community Church was manifested by Maitreya.)