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A Miracle- A Divine Intervention
A miracle is described by Wikipedia as a "divine intervention". It is even described as defying the very laws of nature. Miracles are often attributed to God or a higher being. Some of us even describe miracles as something wonderful or beneficial that's occurred, such as a newborn baby or coming into some unexpected money in a difficult time.
We've all had that moment that we were sure someone was watching out for us, that it was a miracle we weren't killed by a near miss. Miracles are hidden in our everyday life and we are usually completely oblivious. We will all at some point in our lives pray for a miracle. Whether or not you call it a miracle and no matter who you are praying to, you will ask for miracle. It may be financial help in a difficult time, or for the safety of a loved one, perhaps even a miraculous cure from a devastating injury or illness. One day, we will all ask for a miracle, and they do happen!
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The Possession-Tape Recordings of Annaliese Michel's Exorcism
Exorcism- A True Miracle
You may be thinking to yourself that exorcism is incredibly frightening and nowhere near miraculous, but a successful exorcism is truly miraculous. A divine intervention to rid one's body and mind of an evil entity. The possession itself is what is evil!
An exorcism is tantamount to a miracle- an extraordinary intervention of God.- Gabriele Nani
Annaliese Michel was born in 1952 in Germany. Her and her family were all very strict catholics. When Annaliese was just a young woman of 16-17 years old, she began having convulsions and was diagnosed as having epilepsy. As a member of a devout catholic family, Annaliese often prayed. Not long after she began having convulsions, she began having hallucinations while she prayed. Over the next 4 years things continued to escalate, she became depressed and began hearing voices with religious messages. These voices were speaking in very negative religious tones saying she was "damned" and she would "rot in hell".
Due to the depression and hallucinations, Annaliese was treated in a psychiatric hospital. After being prescribed medication, she got no better. In fact, she got worse and soon noted she had an aversion to religious items, like statues of Jesus and any crucifix. She began to suspect she was possessed. This was also noted by a friend when they went on a pilgrimage together, where they met with a person who performed exorcisms. After evaluating Annaliese, he concluded he too believed she was possessed. Annaliese's family witnessed her continued decline, along with the mark of Jesus or the stigmata. The stigmata is unexplained bleeding and bruising in the same areas where Jesus was injured on the cross. This is often seen (in the rare cases of it), in the hands or wrists of people who are extremely devoted. That along with her increasingly disturbing behavior, including seeing the faces of demons on people, eating coal, urinating in the floor and licking it, eating bugs, and getting beneath the table and barking like a dog for days convinced them she was possessed as well.
After witnessing all this and failed medical treatment, they began to petition for an exorcism. They were finally granted one, with of course complete secrecy. Annaliese claimed there were many demons and evil entities possessing her, including Lucifer himself. The rites were performed 1-2 times a week for a total of ten months, up until her death in July of 1976. During this exorcism, Annaliese claimed she was suffering and dying to atone for the sins of the youth. She refused to eat believing it would rid her of Satan's influence. When she died, she was grossly underweight and the official cause of death was malnourishment and dehydration.
Annaliese's story is of great controversy. The priests and the parents were charged and convicted of negligent homicide, the courts stating that even if something had been done with in one week of her death she could have been saved. That is, I suppose, if it was not actually demonic possession but rather a medical affliction. The sentencing was minor though, noting that the family had suffered enough. Watch the videos to the right with actual tape recordings of part of the exorcism performed, see what you think, medical affliction or possession?
Though Annaliese's exorcism was unsuccessful, she believed she was suffering and dying for the sins of many, just like Jesus. People to do this day flock to her grave in Germany. Buckets of fresh dirt must be replaced on her burial site every month due to the handfuls people take with them as a religious symbol or simply souvenir. The movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose was loosely based on her story. I believe Annaliese has led many to God, and that she would like her life, suffering, and death to be known as a miracle!