Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Image Of The Virgin Mary Appears To New Catholic Convert

Yesterday, 3 days after the Feast of the Holy Rosary, new Catholic convert, Ralph Abraham, claimed that the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on his bedroom door.

Ralph Abraham, an entrepreneur from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was babtised a Catholic early this year. He has many testimonies on how his relationship with Jesus Christ has transformed his life and let to his conversion to Catholicism.

Yesterday morning was an especially unexpected day for Ralph Abraham - instead of being woken up by his wife, he was awoken by the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Ralph, lives with his wife and a dog as company. He was at home alone with his dog on Sunday night as his wife, an airline stewardess, was away from the country for work.

He went to bed early that Sunday night as he was feeling physically exhausted. On Saturday the previous day, he assisted in escorting the statue of the Virgin Mary in a procession round his parish church on the Feast of the Holy Rosary.

"I rushed back 150km from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur to attend mass at my local church and to assist in the procession of Mother Mary after mass. I was very determined to reach Kuala Lumpur on time for this event although I was very tired due to the previous days' activities in Malacca," he explained.

On Monday morning, Ralph felt unusually strong rays of the sun shining on his face coming in through his bedroom window. He woke up because the focused heat on his face distracted his sleep.

"When I opened my eyes, I immediately saw the image of Mother Mary reflected on my bedroom door. I felt overwhelmed by a sense of peace and joy", he said.

"After looking around the bedroom and studying the image carefully, I saw no sensible explanation for the image to be reflected on the door. I quickly looked for my handphone and took pictures of it. The image then disappeared a few minutes thereafter", he added excitedly.

Having seen the image, Ralph then spent almost an hour in prayer praising and thanking Jesus and His Mother, Mary, for this wonderful sign of grace.

Believing in divine revelation and providence, Ralph told friends, "I really believe that Mother Mary is wanting to give me a message; it is definitely a good omen for me. It can be taken either as a sign of providence or it may be a warning to be cautious...Whatever the case, I will pray for guidance."

While the cause of the image is not immediately ascertainable, perceptions of religious imagery in natural phenomena, sometimes called simulacra, have been noted for centuries in many cultures.

These are more than just imaginary images with spiritual or religious themes important to the perceiver, and should not be interpreted frivolously. Some of these phenomena have led to the increase in faith of persons and have assisted in the religious conversion of many.

Although Ralph's bedroom in Kuala Lumpur will unlikely become the next pilgrimage site for the faithful, the image of the Virgin Mary as perceived by him remains a personal religious experience he will always remember as part of his Catholic journey.

“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary" Saint Thomas Aquinas

Next - Ralph's conversion story.

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