Oil weeping from Mirna’s hands, face and eyes. Professional witnesses; doctors and skeptics.
Profusion of oil probably over 100 times with many witnesses.
Healings from the oil and from Mirna’s hands.
Miraculous instantaneous cures: crippled made to walk, withered limbs made healthy, blind made to see…
Weeping icons and statues, copious amounts of oil.
Stigmata on Mirna’s hands, feet, head and side open and then miraculously heal hours later.
Copies of the icon weeping, 100’s all over the world.
Impramatur by bishop
Implicit unity with the Pope
THE MIRACLE OF DAMASCUS
On November 22, 1982, in the old city of Damascus, within walking distance of the House of Ananias (where Paul became the light of Christ to the gentiles), a strange new light began to shine, dim at first, but [with the grace of God] a beacon to re-light the world.
A young girl named Mirna prayed over the bed of her sister-in-law, Layla. She was very sick. Two other women prayed with her, an Orthodox woman, and a Moslem woman. As they prayed, the Moslem woman noticed light coming from Mirna's hands. [Mirna didn't notice it.] After the light, oil began to flow right out of her skin. Mayada Kowzaly shouted at her to look at her hands. Mirna, confused, didn't know what was happening nor what to do about it. Mayada quickly told her to put her hands on Layla, the sick woman. She was instantly cured. And so the light began to shine in this bewildered young woman. Mirna had just turned 18 and had only been married six months.1
That evening her husband, Nicolas, came by to pick Mirna up.
Excited, they told him what happened. He reprimanded Mirna
severely. Neither of them knew what to make of it.
On November 25 Mirna's mother was cured in the same manner. But this was only a flicker of light. The true miracle of Damascus was about to start. These bizarre happenings were only paving the way for what would come that same week.
OPEN THE DOORS
November 27 is the anniversary of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal. It is also known as the start of the Age of Mary. This will become more and more relevant as this story unfolds. At any rate, on November 27, 1982, a three-inch tall picture of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in a cheap plastic frame began to exude oil. The oil flowed out from the bottom of the Icon and onto the floor next to Nicolas and Mirna's bed. Oil again appeared on Mirna's hands.
The oil from the picture didn't stop. The oil from her hands didn't stop. The crowds became larger and larger. Sometimes the oil appeared on the glass of the image like bubbles. It would blow up, then break, making a perceptible noise. Mirna's husband didn't understand nor appreciate any of what was happening -- until the day following the apparition.
On December 19, 1982, a paralyzed boy of nine years was brought
to the house from Hons, Syria. The boy's father carried him into
the bedroom. His legs were all twisted. He had never been able to
walk. Mirna and the father prayed together over the child. Oil
came from her hands. She anointed his legs. The child's legs
straightened out. He started to move them. The father screamed and
ran into the patio kneeling at the water fountain, thanking God
with many tears of joy in his eyes. Then he jumped up.
"Give me some shoes. Give me some shoes. My son can walk. He will need shoes."
The son of Mirna's sister was about the same age as the boy. He
quickly took off his shoes and gave them to the father, who put
them on his son. The boy not only walked all over the patio, but
he jumped and danced.
So much joy came to Nicolas in seeing this boy, he never again wanted the miracle to go away. This didn't take away his crosses, which were many, but he began to carry them without complaint. The crosses were many. That same day six other people came on crutches and went away without them. Father Zahlaoui thought about the message, "I shall give you something much stronger than oil."
On January 7, 1983, two days before the moving of the Icon, Safa Abu Fares, a Moslem woman, who was completely blind, recovered her sight.
There on January 26, 1983: Alice Benilian of Aleppo, who had suffered from a withered arm for 13 years, was cured while she was praying in front of the Icon in the church.
A DIVIDED KINGDOM
March 24, 1983: Mirna had another apparition. It was 9:30 p.m. on the feast of the Annunciation, the entrance of Christ into Her womb and into the world for the first time. The Virgin appeared again in blue and white with the Rosary in Her right hand. She came and left the same way as in the second apparition, in a ball of light on the tree. Twelve people followed Mirna to the roof. They could see nothing. The Virgin came close to Mirna and spoke:
MY CHILDREN, MY MISSION HAS COME TO AN END.
IN THIS NIGHT THE ANGEL TOLD ME: "BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN."
I COULD SAY NOTHING EXCEPT: "I AM THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD."
I AM HAPPY. I AM NOT WORTHY TO SAY: "YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN", BUT MY LORD HAS SAID IT.
ESTABLISH CHURCH. I DID NOT SAY "BUILD A
THE CHURCH WHICH JESUS ADOPTED IS ONE CHURCH, BECAUSE JESUS IS ONE. THE CHURCH IS GOD'S KINGDOM ON EARTH.
HE WHO DIVIDED IT HAS SINNED. HE WHO IS HAPPY IN THESE DIVISIONS HAS ALSO SINNED.
JESUS ESTABLISHED IT. IT WAS VERY SMALL. WHEN IT GREW IT BECAME DIVIDED. WHOEVER DIVIDED IT HAS NO LOVE. BE UNITED.
I SAY TO YOU: "PRAY, PRAY, PRAY." HOW
BEAUTIFUL ARE MY CHILDREN WHEN THEY KNEEL AND IMPLORE.
DO NOT BE AFRAID. I AM WITH YOU.
DO NOT BE FRAGMENTED LIKE THE ELDERS. YOU SHALL TEACH GENERATIONS UNITY, LOVE AND FAITH.
PRAY FOR THE INHABITANTS OF (SAMMA) AND EARTH.
The Mother of God clasped Her Rosary at the center of the beads [where it connects making a circle]. The cross hung down. She reached out as if to hand it to Mirna. Mirna reached out with two cupped hands to catch it and lifted her hands to a point of touching the Crucifix. Oil poured quickly out of the Crucifix and filled both hands. It overflowed onto the ground. Everyone around her saw the oil overflowing and ran over to catch it. Each of them filled their own hands from the overflow of Mirna's hands. One man filled his hands and poured it all over his face. Then filled his hands again…
…During the ecstasy, Mirna approved with a movement of her head
what Father Malouli was telling the believers. She kept saying,
"Pray, pray, pray!" By now oil was coming out of copies of the
Icon from all over the world. Hundreds of Icon copies had been
given out to visitors at the house of Soufanieh or simply made by
people who believed. These (copies) were pouring out oil, and
cures were taking place everywhere. This is very much like what
happened and continues to happen with the Miraculous Medal. So far
we can count 37 comparisons to the apparitions of Saint Catherine
STIGMATA AND UNITY
It was a great argument, but the good priest needed help. He got the help from the greatest of all sources. On November 25, 1983, Mirna was starting to show signs of the stigmata. Her small home was packed with priests from every different kind of church: Syrian Catholics, Roman Catholics, Romanian Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Assyrians, etc. Oil continued pouring from her hands and the Icon. Blood came from her side leaving a blood stain on her shirt. By 5:00 P.M. blood was flowing from her hands and her feet. After six hours the blood stopped and the wounds closed all by themselves.
During the year, oil flowed from everywhere, in front of people from every walk of life and almost every type of religion except Protestant. It even came from the Sacred Heart Picture on the Feast of the Sacred Heart. On November 6, 1984 in front of the Vatican Ambassador, Pro Nuncio Nicolas Rotunno, oil flowed from the hands of Mirna and from the Icon. He met with her secretly in the Little Sisters of Jesus house in Damascus.
Copies of the Icon were made and passed out. People wrote their names on the copies and wanted to leave them in the house overnight. The copies poured out oil. Soon their bedroom was so full of Icons, Mirna and Nicholas had to sleep on the couches in the living room. Over 900 Icons gave oil in that house. (see pictures) As the oil came from a picture, the name on the Icon was called and they came to pick it up. One nun came to leave a picture with Mirna.
Mirna said, "You don't need to leave it. Oil is already coming." The nun looked down at the Icon still in her hands. Oil was coming out already.
On Holy Thursday, April 18, 1984, the stigmata started again. The
wound in her side opened up about five inches long. It opened from
the inside to the outside as if the flesh exploded.
The wounds were larger than the ones in 1983. Six hours later the wounds closed without any care. The pain lasted a few days and then disappeared.
BEAUTIFUL SHINING MOUNTAIN
On Holy Friday the pain in her side and head was severe. At 3:30 in the afternoon she went into ecstasy. Father Malouli asked her to ask the Virgin what he should do.
"Mirna, Mirna, ask the Virgin Mary what does she want from us so we will execute it."
Mirna didn't hear anything. During the ecstasy she didn't see the Virgin Mary. She saw a high and beautiful mountain. The entire mountain was bathed in light. It lit the whole mountain. She had a strong wish to climb. Many times during the ecstasy she tried to raise her head and her body. For a long time after the ecstasy she couldn't move her left arm and left leg.
When she recovered, Nicolas, Mirna, Father Malouli and all the household went to the Holy Friday burial-service of Christ at Our Lady of Damascus Church. Probably nowhere in the world is there a greater example of the beautiful result a UNITY the Churches could bring about than the Good Friday candle-light procession at Our Lady of Damascus Church. Father Zahlaoui initiated it many years before the Miracle of Unity began.
The ceremony was so beautiful and he was so well liked by the faithful that in time everyone from every type of church attended his service. More than ten thousand people filled the church and the streets: Roman Catholics, Syrian Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholics, Armenian Catholics, Maronites, Assurian and Moslems, all crowded the streets around his church to pray together for the one Christ.
Unity, one Church, one Christ! Maybe it really all started with
the work and the prayers of Father E. Zahlaoui many years earlier.
Only a few blocks away from his church is the Catholic Church of
Our Lady of Fatima, where in 1977 the statue began to cry. Five
years afterward came Mirna. The crowds around Our Lady of Damascus
church were so big they encircled both churches. The mountain? I
don't know. Maybe it was the Church, the Kingdom of Heaven on
Earth. Maybe it was Heaven itself. Maybe it was the unity that we
should all try to reach.
THE STIGMATA OF 1987
Holy Thursday, April 16, 1987, was another year where Easter for the Western Church and the Eastern Church landed on the same day. Everyone expected the same phenomenon of the stigmata to happen to Mirna again as a sign that God wanted unity between the churches. What they didn't expect was the change. The first time she received the wounds of Christ, they were very small. The second time they were larger. This time they were much larger. In fact, this time she even received one of the wounds in the head from the crown of thorns.
Father Elias Zahlaoui tells us the story in his own words:
"I arrived at Soufanieh at 2:25 P.M. in the afternoon. The Nazzour family was taking lunch at the courtyard, near the Holy Icon. I prayed for awhile, then I asked where Mirna was. They said she was in the bedroom with Father Malouli. I entered the room. Father Malouli was reciting his Breviary. Mirna seemed to be calm but worried. I told her: 'So, Mirna, are you preparing something for us?'
'Father, don't frighten me.' she responded.
'Remember what I told you. You are the last person in the world to be permitted to say the word 'frighten'. The Lord and the Virgin Mary are with you.'
‘I sat next to the father. I was reading the gospel of John, trying to follow the passion of Christ. Again Mirna said: 'All my body is shivering.'
'Mirna, don't interfere. Leave it to God.'
She walked back and forth in the room looking at the floor and at the ceiling saying, 'Virgin Mary ... Lord Jesus..' She put her hands on her face. She sat in the corner of the room, at the left side of the bed, repeating the same words, 'Virgin Mary ... Jesus...Lord.'
Then she sat on the floor, shriveled up, clenching her knees and
her chin. I watched her. Suddenly she screamed and put her hands
on her head. 'Take it away. Take it away.' I ran to her. She bent
a bit backwards. I held her shoulder. I saw the blood coming out
of her forehead. I saw it in the mirror placed in front of her. At
the same time, she opened her arms and let them fall down. I saw
also the blood coming out of her palms. With Father Malouli, we
put her on her bed. The blood was coming out of her feet also. All
this happened in a few seconds.
Mirna saw a beautiful white light and nothing else for a long time. To her everything was now calm and peaceful. All thoughts of earth disappeared as she enjoyed the light. Then the figure of a man appeared in the light. He was made of a brighter light. It was Christ.
SHE IS MY MOTHER FROM WHOM I WAS BORN.
HE WHO HONORS HER HONORS ME.
HE WHO DENIES HER DENIES ME,
AND HE, WHO ASKS FROM HER, RECEIVES,
BECAUSE SHE IS MY MOTHER.
Father Malouli waited for her to come back to earth. Her heart was beating but she didn't appear to be breathing. No one was afraid. She woke and could hear Father, but she couldn't see anything excepting the beautiful white light. Father asked her all about the vision and wrote it down. He wrote the message very carefully. Everything remained very clear to Mirna while she was still bathed in the light. Then her eyes opened. She could see Father Malouli again, but her recollection of the vision became less clear. This is why she asked father: "Was it very beautiful?"
The Mother Of God? Many would disagree with that statement. Many
have claimed that Mary could not be the Mother of God, and that
Christ was not really God. Others claim that Mary was no different
than any of us. Some say that you shouldn't ask those in Heaven to
pray for you; you should pray only to God. Some say to honor Mary
is the same as idol worshipping. There is much doctrine being
presented in these messages. Father Malouli obtained the "Nihil
Obstat" from his major superior for all the messages from the
beginning until August 14, 1987.
WORK FOR UNITY
On September 6, 1988, Mirna and Nicole arrived in Damascus from the United States. The following day [September 7, 1988], they prayed before the Icon with a large group of followers. Mirna fell into an ecstasy and had to be carried to bed. She saw Christ bathed in light. He was pure light also. He stood still as she left her body and moved closer to Him. He spoke:
I TOLD YOU TO OVERCOME ALL YOUR DIFFICULTIES, AND KNOW THAT UP TILL NOW YOU HAVE ONLY MET WITH A FEW.
TELL MY CHILDREN, IT IS FROM THEM I ASK UNITY.
I WILL NOT ACCEPT IT FROM THOSE WHO ARE ONLY ACTING; PRETENDING THEY ARE WORKING FOR UNITY.
GO FORTH AND ANNOUNCE THIS MESSAGE. WHEREVER YOU ARE I WILL BE WITH YOU.
When Christ finished talking, Mirna moved away from Him and back
into her body. She woke up but could see nothing but light. She
repeated the messages while still in the light and then opened her
FINAL MESSAGE FOR OVER TWELVE YEARS
On the feast of the apparitions, November 26, 1989, Mirna received the following message from Our Blessed Mother:
JESUS SAID TO PETER, ‘YOU ARE THE ROCK, AND ON IT I SHALL BUILD MY CHURCH’.
AND I SAY TO YOU NOW. ‘YOU ARE THE HEART IN WHICH JESUS WILL BULD HIS ONENESS’.
I WANT YOU TO DEDICATE YOUR PRAYERS FOR PEACE FROM NOW UNTIL THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE RESURRECTION.
On Holy Week of 1990 Mirna again received the stigmata of Christ. This time she received three wounds in the head from the crown of thorns. Each time the stigmata becomes more extensive because there is no unity. On Holy Saturday after the stigmata Christ appeared to Mirna [May 14, 1990].
YOU WILL TEACH GENERATIONS THE MEANING OF THE WORDS, UNITY, LOVE AND FAITH.
I AM WITH YOU. BUT, MY DAUGHTER, YOU WILL NOT HEAR MY VOICE AGAIN, UNITL THE FEAST HAS BEEN UNIFIED.
STARTS AGAIN IN 2001
On the last day before printing of the first edition of this book, Mirna received her last message from Our Lord, November 26, 1989, who said that He would not see her again until the two Easters would be celebrated again together, meaning the Orthodox and the Catholics would celebrate Easter on the same day. We use two different calendars. I was able to get this message into the book as a supplement, and it has been twelve years since Mirna has had a message.
Pope Visits Damascus
Because of the two calendars the two Easters would not fall on the same day until 2001 and everyone, including me, knew that she would again receive the stigmata and have a message from Our Lord. It just so happened that Pope John Paul II planed to visit Damascus almost at the same time. His reason for going to Damascus was the unity of all Christians. I cannot say that the Pope visited Mirna or even talked to her, but I do know that they were side by side during the Mass. I also know that he used the chalice my friend Vatche gave to Mirna and it was returned to her after the Mass. There are two other indications that he talked with her, which can be understood below in the news of Father Fox and Archbishop Luigi Accogli. These things make me believe that he is taking direct control of this apparition.
Stigmata of 2001
As predicted Mirna received the stigmata of Our Lord on Good Friday of Easter Week, 2001. She suffered in the presence of her two children, her husband, priests, and many friends. There is nothing I can say about this that the pictures and videos will not reveal except "Why?" The best answer to that comes from Father Mariani, who once witnessed the same stigmata but with another woman. In his heart, but not with words he said, "Why would God do this to this woman?" The woman lifted her head and said to him, "So that you will never forget what happens when you say the Mass."
Message of Our Lord
At predicted Our Lord visited Mirna at 14:50, Holy Saturday of 2001. See pictures of her ecstasy. The following is that message. I will comment below.
Message of Our Lord Jesus Christ
To Myrna at Soufanieh
Holy Saturday April 2001 at 14:50.
I have given you a sign for My
Continue on your way and I am with you, or I will shut the gates of heaven before you.
But here there is a Mother who suffers, who prays and who says to Me: "Lord, Thou art all love."
And I say: "Do not despair, O Gate of heaven, because I love them
and I want them to return to Me, by their gift, love for love."
My children, apply yourselves to knowing yourselves as you are and to measuring the degree of your fidelity in the accomplishment of unity of hearts among you. Adorn yourselves with patience and wisdom and do not be afraid if you fail.
Persevere in hope.
Have confidence in Me, for I will not abandon those who accomplish My will.
As for you My daughter, be circumspect and arm yourself with My grace. Be patient, wise and humble.
Offer your sufferings with joy, for I have already told you: "Your trials will not be prolonged."
Direct your regard toward Me, you will find peace and rest. For it is I who strengthen you. It is I who throw you into the melee and it is I who remove you from it to lead you to the joy of heaven.
Apply yourself to prayer and that your fast be accompanied with meditation and recollection; then you will hear My voice in your inmost interior.
Have confidence in Me, for I will abandon neither you nor your family, nor any of those who have collaborated with you in My honor and only for Me.
My comments on this message are for two groups: one group is
those Catholics and Orthodox who do not want any ecumenical
movement at all and do not want to even dialogue let alone
compromise; the other group is those who want all Christians to be
one without any change whatsoever in doctrine, canons, or moral
practice, this is called "pluralism" and is a heresy.
The primary message of Damascus is: "The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is the Church. Those who have divided it have sinned. Those who are happy with these divisions are still sinning."
"I have given you a sign for My glorification." The sign is the stigmata of Mirna.
"Continue on your way and I am with you, or I will shut the gates of heaven before you." Our way is the way to unity and if we stand in the way of this, the gates of heaven will be closed to us.
"But here there is a Mother who suffers, who prays and who says to Me: 'Lord, Thou art all love.' And I say: "Do not despair, O Gate of heaven, because I love them and I want them to return to Me, by their gift, love for love." The Gate of heaven is Mary, Our Mother, who suffers because of our sins, but never stops praying for us night and day in Heaven.
"My children, apply yourselves to knowing yourselves as you are and to measuring the degree of your fidelity in the accomplishment of unity of hearts among you. Adorn yourselves with patience and wisdom and do not be afraid if you fail."
Knowing ourselves is to not justify our sins or to rationalize our lack of good works towards the unity of Christians and the unity of hearts.
"Persevere in hope." The word here means "Trust", or "Confidence" that God will not leave us if we do His will.
"Have confidence in Me, for I will not abandon those who accomplish My will." The trick here takes wisdom to know what God's will is for us. The rest of the message is for Mirna personally and need no comment.
Father Robert Fox
After the message of April, 2001 Nichol Nazzour (Mirna's husband) called Father Robert Fox in America and invited him to Damascus. Father Fox is the founder of a youth Apostolate of Fatima, publishes a magazine on the family, writes many good books on religion, and conducts yearly conferences for the family. Ten years ago he was attacked bitterly by Medjugorje and Vassula promoters for publishing a front-page book review on my book, "The Miracle of Damascus".
What is strange about this call by Nichol to Father Fox is that Nichol almost never calls anyone as he has very little money and cannot afford phone calls to America. Father Fox was recently asked by the Holy Father to concentrate his Apostolate towards saving the family unit. It is my theory that the Pope, himself, asked Mirna to get Father Fox's help is spreading the message of unity. Anyway Father Fox went to Damascus.
He had a very good time in Damascus, he celebrated Mass in Mirna's home every day, and on the last day oil exuded while he was telling people the origin of his Apostolate of going to Fatima, and being called by Our Lady to start a youth Apostolate.
Archbishop Luigi Accogli
Archbishop Luigi Accogli was Papal Nuncio to the Vatican in Damascus when I was there. He helped me a great deal in my investigation and later reported to the Holy Father all the happenings regarding Mirna. He was helpful to me in getting the Imprimatur for my book. He personally presented a copy of the Icon of Our Lady of Soufanieh to the Holy Father. Archbishop Luigi Accogli is the advocate for the beatification of Padre Pio. He has been assigned to travel with Mirna no mater where she goes and is opening an ecumenical center in Rome that will focus on the Eucharist. Again I see the hand of the Holy Father taking control of these messages and their promotion. At least now, they will not be mixed up with un-approved apparitions.
Pope Orders Unified Easter for Syria
Right after Pope John Paul's visit to Damascus he ordered that all Catholics in Syria could celebrate Holy Week, and therefor Easter on the same day as the Orthodox, no mater what year it was. Christ said to Mirna in 1989: "You will not hear my voice again, unitl the feast has been unified." God knows the future and therefor He appeared to her, but unifying Easter is only symbolic of unitying the two Churches. Can we possibly say that the Pope does not know and believe the messages of Our Lady of Soufanieh?
Mirna and Fatima
I have contacted Mirna and told her of my plans here in Portugal, and have received help from the sisters at the convent of Lucia in Coimbra. I was unable to promote the message of unity in the United States because of the false apparitions; however, I do not have that problem in Portugal. The Portuguese people do not fall for apparitions that have no Bishop's approval. I am having my book translated into Portuguese and making a small video also in Portuguese. With the help of Roberto Leal, one of the most famous singers in this country, and His Royal Highness, Dom Duarte, we hope to get this message all over the country. When we have had sufficient success, I will bring Archbishop Luigi Accogli, Mirna and her family to Portugal. The King, the singer, and Mirna will travel from one end of the country to the other spreading the message of unity of all Christians. Pray that this time I will not fail to do God's will.
Message of Our Lord to Mirna in Damascus
Feast Day of Our Lady of Soufanieh, November 26, 2001
I offer Myself to you.
The act of adoration, meditation, thanksgiving and spiritual companionship makes Me happy, but you will only find perfection by your union around the altar.
I offer you My Body and Blood as proof of My fidelity and My love. Accept from Me this Sacrament with trust and faith. This Sacrament consoles you and gives you strength and wisdom and makes you grow in grace.
Difficult days await you: disturbances in the interior of the Church. Division constitutes a danger for he who does not have true peace.
Don't let yourself be defeated. Don't pay attention to the judgment against you by others. Do not defend yourself and do not ask what I have prepared for you. It is I who look after your problems because you are the work of My hands.
Show Me your love because through love I walk by your side, and through the Sacrament I unite Myself to you.
Do not forget that I am the cause of your existence on earth and the reason for your happiness in heaven.
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