*Update - November 8, 2015 Reported here. Printer friendly version here. Miracles’ in Pandan Indah: Virgin Mary statue releases honey, oil. KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 ― In Anna Maria Pereira's home in Pandan Indah, a statue of Virgin Mary has allegedly been releasing oil from its eyes for the last two years and, since three months ago, honey. Pereira, 37, said the multiple “miracles” have drawn thousands of visitors, some from as far as Australia and the UK, to her home over the past two years, despite the sightings not being reported publicly until earlier this week.
“We even had about 600 people coming at one time, three buses from Penang, two buses from Malacca. That time people just came, through word of mouth, they just travelled, so people came without appointment,” the third-generation Catholic told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview at her house. According to Pereira, it all started in September 2013 when a painting of the Divine Mercy she purchased from the Sacred Heart Church in Kuala Lumpur started releasing oil at the point of Jesus's hands and feet, and heart. The painting that was then a year old also released “traces of blood” during last year and this year's Lent seasons ― the annual forty-day period of fasting and prayer before Easter ― Pereira claimed.
As for the Virgin Mary statue of a “stone” material that she bought eight years ago from St Anthony's Church in Kuala Lumpur, it started releasing oil in October 2013 from the eyes, she said. Over the past three months, however, Pereira said the statue has been releasing honey, mostly from the eyes and occasionally the head. A Crown of Thorns ― a crown made from a thorn bush ― that was purchased by Pereira's family during a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in April 2013, also started releasing oil also in October 2013, Pereira said. But since Lent last year, the crown has been releasing a mix of oil and a red liquid she believes to be blood.. The fourth “miracle” involves a bronze Divine Mercy statue from Poland that was gifted to Pereira last July. Like the crown, Pereira said this statue has been releasing what appears to be blood and oil from the position of the heart, where one hand is placed.
All these “miracles” have continued on to this day, Pereira claimed, adding that she was uncertain why they have occurred apart from feeling that it is a direct call to the Catholic community to repent and return to God. He said the Virgin Mary is venerated along with Jesus in the Catholic Church and is a symbol of mercy and love, adding that this miracle would typically lead to an “apparition” where humans would receive a divine message. “So I'm very happy that this miracle should be promoted to all the people so that God's presence can be felt by people, we must be God's people, this miracle invites humanity to be very close to them, that is the message,” the Capuchin priest from the St Francis of Assisi church in Tamil Nadu said. A 71-year-old Catholic man from Puchong, who was visiting to view the statues for the first time, told Malay Mail Online that he had also gone to visit the Virgin Mary statue at Subang Jaya's St Thomas More church ― which was reported last month to have released tears.
“I believe, I believe. Honey doesn't just flow like that, blood doesn't flow just like that. It inspires me, it's an inspiration,” the retiree who declined to be named said of the sightings in Pereira's home. A retired traveller from New York who only gave her initials as W.K. and had dropped by during her vacation here, told Malay Mail Online: “I feel privileged. I feel very honoured and totally amazed. This is a comfort and a blessing for the people to see this very special and rare event.” Despite the regular flow of people dropping by to observe or pray, Pereira said her house is not a chapel and is merely a home where miracles have happened, also noting that the Catholic Church has yet to verify any of the sightings in her house.
She said that over 40 priests ― both those locally and abroad ― have visited to date, with some coming to check the sightings and others coming to pray. Visiting hours are at 7pm to 9pm on weekdays, 11am to 3pm on Saturdays, 2pm to 7pm on Sundays (except for this Sunday), with visitors required to call Pereira (016-3090432) to make an appointment.
Other reported sightings in Malaysia occurred in November 2012, where an image allegedly resembling the Virgin Mary was spotted on the glass panels of the Sime Darby Medical Centre in Subang Jaya, and in March 2015 where tears were allegedly seen on a Virgin Mary statue in the home of a Catholic believer in a village in Sabah. On October 21, the local Catholic Church's news site for its community, Herald Malaysia Online, published an article by respected Catholic scholar Fr Johann G. Roten where the process and criteria for verifying alleged miracles was explained.
The four stated criteria ― approved in 1978 by the Catholic Church - are that the event must undoubtedly be “truly exceptional and beyond human explanation”; the message must be theologically acceptable, morally sound and error-free; the persons who claimed to have had the apparition would have to be of good character among other things; and the apparition must result in positive spiritual assets such as prayer and increase in charity.
November 3, 2015 Reported here and here. Video news report here. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Anna Pereira says she has received hundreds of calls and messages since Monday’s report of the events at her home in Pandan Indah. A Divine Mercy painting (a depiction of Jesus in a white garment with rays emanating from his heart) and a statue of the Virgin Mary in Pereira’s home are reported to have “bled” oil, blood and even honey. According to Pereira, Catholics from all over the country have been contacting her to set appointments to visit her home to witness the “miracles”. “ I have been getting calls and messages from the early morning ever since the news about the painting got out. Some of these calls involved a prayer group from a church that wanted to organise a tour to see the miracles,” Pereira told The Star on Tuesday.
She said that people of other religions had also contacted her for prayer requests. Due to her work, Pereira is only able to open her house to visitors between 7pm and 9pm (from Tuesdays to Fridays) and 11am to 3pm (Saturdays) and 2pm to 7pm (Sundays). Pereira, however, said that she would be taking off from work this Thursday (Nov 5) and would open her house from noon to 9pm. She said she had decided to open the house this Thursday after some senior citizens expressed their desire to visit but said they could not make the trip at night.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - For two years, Anna Pereira has been seeing events unfold in her home that she considers her "book of miracles". She said it started when oil seeped from a painting of the Divine Mercy (a depiction of Jesus in white garment with rays emanating from his heart) at her home in Pandan Indah. Pereira, 36, had bought the painting from the Sacred Heart Church in Jalan Peel here in September 2012 after having learned how to recite the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. One year later on Sept 17, Pereira was lighting incense at the altar when she noticed oil trickling down from the right hand of that image. "It was a Tuesday. I was unsure what to think. So I contacted the parish priest who asked me to let it be for three days," said Pereira.
Subsequently, the priest came over on Friday with several other members of the parish. "He asked for a white cloth which he then used to clean the painting. Whatever oil we had collected in cotton balls were burned as instructed by the priest," she recalled. Pereira said the priest sat from across the painting to observe it and as they prayed in unison, oil started to flow from the hands and feet of the image." The priest advised us to continue praying for the message," she said. Then, in October 2013, a statue of the Virgin Mary and a crown of thorns in her home started to release oil, too. October is the month of the Holy Rosary. During the Christian fasting month of Lent last year, that same Divine Mercy painting unveiled yet another phenomenon when it showed signs of oil and red liquid, believed to be blood, trickling from the image."The blood and oil flow took place for 40 days and slowly subsided towards the Divine Mercy feast day which is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter," said Pereira, adding that oil continued to flow out from the painting.
In April last year, a bronze Divine Mercy statue given to her as a gift started to produce oil and blood. Pereira, who has been receiving visitors since word of the events at her house started spreading two years ago, said she would continue to offer prayers and called on the faithful to do the same.
*Note see/view other story about an oil weeping Divine Mercy painting. Also a story about a bleeding crown of thorns here.