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Signs & Wonders On Good Friday

Atlanta, Georgia; 3pm Orthodox Good Friday

Just passing something on to you for your consideration on this Orthodox Good Friday. An Orthodox friend sent me this photo of a rainbow around the sun. It appeared at 3pm, the hour that according to Scripture and Tradition, Jesus Christ died on the Cross. It was taken by a relative in Atlanta today. Friend said it was also seen by a relative there. I darkened the original photo slightly to give the circular rainbow more definition. This is called a sun halo, and it’s a natural meteorological phenomenon, though rare. Still, 3pm on Good Friday is quite some timing.

Meanwhile, today on Mount Athos, the Greek Orthodox monastic enclave, this miracle happened today:

Strange days indeed.

UPDATE: A reader says that he read a report in Greek media that the bleeding icon is inside a chapel at a nursing home there. If so, then with nursing homes being places of extraordinary death and suffering from Covid-19, then the miracle can be interpreted as a sign that Christ suffers with them.

I certainly believe that some claimed miracles are fake. I have seen this happen personally. One is not wrong to approach with skepticism. But sometimes you really can’t explain these things. In those cases, I find that there are two kind of people in the world: the kind who see something like this, and say, “Why would God have done something like that? If he wanted to show those people that He was with them, why didn’t He choose some other way, or why didn’t He just stop the virus, or why didn’t He do what makes sense to me?”; and the kind who simply fall to their knees and say, “My Lord and my God.”

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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