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"It remains one of the most baffling yet affecting phenomena in modern
religious life: A beam of light or a spot of dirt in an otherwise ordinary
place is perceived as the image of the Virgin Mary, and suddenly thousands
of pilgrims descend on the site, turning it into a makeshift shrine. ...In
previous years, it has been a vision in the sky, a glint off a car bumper,
a face in a tortilla, a tear on an icon. ...But while church leaders are
often loath to debunk a visionary experience, not wanting to damage the
faith of thousands, they are also leery of letting such events get out of
hand. If someone who claims to have communicated with the divine begins
spreading teachings that are contrary to church dogma, bishops have not
hesitated to step in."
[David Firestone, Newsday, Press Democrat, 23 December 1990]



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