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Tuesday November 20, 2012
SIME Darby Medical Centre (SDMC) in Subang Jaya experienced unexpected phenomena recently when two window panes in its new wing attracted the attention of Malaysians.
They came not only from the vicinity of the township but from far and wide as well.
The Catholics who witnessed the “apparitions” recognised them to be the images of Mary of the Immaculate Conception in one and the Divine Mercy of Jesus in the other.
The Catholic Church has however not endorsed any of the claims. In cases like these, the church investigates thoroughly the authencity of these “apparitions.”
Credit must be given to the church authorities and administration of SDMC for the speedy and amicable solution to the issue.
The staff and management of the centre were gracious in accomodating the intrusion of very healthy visitors to the hospital daily to witness for themselves the phenomena.
This has inevitably been an inconvenience to the regular hospital routine.
It is sad that unkind and derogatory remarks have been passed by many about the apparitions. These are unnecessary and disruptive to inter-religious unity and understanding in Malaysia.
Faith is something personal and the perogative of the believer. More respect should be accorded to the beliefs and practices of others in a multi-racial and religious community.
Whether the apparitions are real or not, the unity and harmony of those witnessing the event were real.
There were strangers of all races sharing pictures of the panels captured on their iPads, iPhones as well as simple cameras.
Binoculars were shared generously for a closer view. Email addresses and contacts were also exchanged.
There were pockets of prayer groups praying and singing in various languages, English, Mandarin, Tamil and even Burmese! In faith, a sense of brotherhood prevailed. That in itself was a ‘miracle.’
Amidst the excitement and joy, and after the dust has settled, it is important to individually ask ourselves whether we experienced any transformation in our lives for the better as a result of this experience.
Has our private and public prayer life been changed or affected in any way?
That is the true test and miracle in this “happening.”
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