In a tiny, dilapidated trailer in northeastern Oregon, a young woman saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in an ordinary landscape painting hanging on her bedroom wall. After being met with skepticism from the local parish, the matter was officially placed "under investigation" by the Catholic diocese. Investigative journalist Randall Sullivan wanted to know how, exactly, one might conduct the official inquiry into such an incident, so he set off to interview theologians, historians, and postulators from the Sacred Congregation of the Causes for Saints. These men, dubbed "miracle detectives" by the author, were charged by the Vatican with testing the miraculous and judging the holy.Sullivan traveled from the Vatican in Rome to the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where six visionaries had been receiving apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Sullivan's quest turns personal and takes him to Scottsdale, Arizona, site of America's largest and most controversial instances of Virgin Mary sightings, culminating an eight-year investigation of predictions of apocalyptic events, false claims of revelation, and the search for a genuine theophany - that is, the ultimate interface between man and God.
©2004 Randall Sullivan. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Chapter 13 about 17 minutes in, actor asked to re-do a word. Never encountered poor editing. made me smile. we're all human. story is very good.
A well written account of the struggle to reconcile faith with fact. I sat in my driveway listening to this one-even after getting home from work.
This book is much more a history of the politics, history, and mystery surrounding Bosnia and Medjugorje than anything else. The author does explore many other miracles, mostly Marian apparitions, but spends such an extensive amount of time on the area around Medjugorje and its historical context that his thesis gets lost.
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