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Updated on June 5, 2017
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A Holy Mary statue decorated with jewels.  A divine figure often associated with miracles.
A Holy Mary statue decorated with jewels. A divine figure often associated with miracles. | Source

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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During Annaliese's possession, she reportedly couldn't abide walking by a statue of Jesus.
During Annaliese's possession, she reportedly couldn't abide walking by a statue of Jesus. | Source

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!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice hub here Vampsdes, well formatted and written. How anyone can hear the Anneliese tapes and not say evil or negative entities not only exist but on rare occasions can enter the mind and physical body is beyond me. Indeed, those tapes are among the most horrifying on the net, bar none- the real Exorcist.

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      I fully agree, it is horrifying. I can hardly bare to listen to it! The suffering she must have endured is beyond what I could ever know. But the fact that we now are talking about it, even after her death, is enough to say her experience had profound effect on many.

      Thank you for the wonderful comment!

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      Laura L Scotty 5 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

      I read the content of your hub and find it well written and explicit. I didn't listen to the tape for personal reasons but believe you when you say they are effective.

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      Yes I did add some explicit information in there. I wanted to convey to the reader the extent to her bizarre behavior. Though I'm a nurse and have dealt with many people with mental illness, I've never seen that kind of behavior. Not to say it's out of the realm of possibility that that's what she suffered from. It certainly demands one's attention, and I could definitely see how the family was convinced possession was the culprit! And perhaps it was!

      Thank you for reading and leaving a comment!

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Fascinating hub and I'm going to do some research on Annaliese Michel, sounds like she went through an absolute nightmare. Thanks for a well written and thought provoking article. Voted up and interesting :)

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      Thanks! It is an incredible tale! I was actually going to put a few more stories into this hub but one story turned out to be so long I figured I would split it up into several hubs. The boy from St. Louis is quite a story too! That story was actually what The Exorcist was based off of. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Very interesting. I believe in divine intervnetion. Voted up!

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      Yes it's really an amazing story. I believe in divine intervention as well. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      JideAlexander 5 years ago from IL

      I too believe that she was suffering for many, it is a possibility. Thanks for this informative hub.

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      It is certainly a possibility, and one many people believe. I wanted to research deeper into it and figured I would share her story while I was at it. Thanks for commenting! :)

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      JideAlexander 5 years ago from IL

      You're welcome thanks for sharing!

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Great hub Vampsdes, believe it or not I found it on Reddit not Hubpages, lol voted up, Awesome, and Interesting and I through in an upvote on Reddit for good measure. Exorcisms are very fascinating, anyone who has ever really researched them knows possession isn't fake the human body just is'nt capable of such things. Again great article.

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      Vampsdes 4 years ago from Missouri, US

      I hadn't submitted anything there for a bit and thought I'd put this one out there. Exorcisms are terrifying and yes, incredibly fascinating. I absolutely agree with you, the human body isn't capable of such things on it's own. Thanks for the great comment!

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