Paranormal phenomena items on display

To the editor:

The Redwood County Museum is now featuring a collection of items associated with paranormal phenomena. This exhibition runs from May through October of this year and is owned by Adrian Lee, founder of the International Paranormal Society. On display are Ouija boards, dolls with paranormal energy, vampire kits, incense, photographs of spirits (one of which was taken in the basement of the old Francois Hotel in Redwood Falls), books on witchcraft, voodoo, ghosts, haunted places, 777 by Aleister Crowley, etc. and some equipment for tracking down ghosts.

I was especially interested in a couple St. Mary medals, one of which I recognized as the “Miraculous Medal” (see online). According to the exhibition guide book, this medal appeared out of nowhere while paranormal investigators were doing tests in the old St. James Hotel in Red Wing. The investigators believe that spirits moved the medals into the open for the investigators, after they had hidden them.

I would like to invite paranormal investigators to look into some of the miraculous phenomena associated with the Catholic Church e.g.:

Bread that changed into human heart tissue several centuries ago in Italy. In recent decades scientists found it to have type AB blood. This sample has not decomposed even though there are no chemicals to preserve it. Google Miracle of Lanciano.

A fragile tilma cape, almost 500 years old in Mexico has an image of St. Mary on it. Scientific analysis cannot explain how the image was produced. Many additional miracles are attributed to this icon. Google Guadalupe miracle.

But probably the greatest public miracle occurred in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917. In October, some 50,000 people standing in mud came from all over to view a predicted public miracle; they came because previous miracles were happening since May of that year. Oct. 13 was the finale; at noon the rain stopped, the sun came out but it was like a silver disc that you could look at, then it started moving sideways and threw off multi-colored rays, then moved in closer to the people, they cried and thought it was the end of the world.

Atheistic newspaper reporters were there too and documented it in the Lisbon paper. The event lasted about 10 minutes, and when it was over, the people noticed the ground was dry and their clothes were cleaned of mud. From a thermodynamics perspective, all those people should have been fried after that much water evaporated in such a short time. Isn’t this phenomena paranormal to the max?

And how is it that the time frame of the Redwood exhibit coincides precisely with the five months of the Fatima miracles “May through October” exactly 100 years ago?

Phil Drietz,