2004 - Reported in Spirit
Daily.com online newspaper. There are many alleged manifestations
in our time, and so little time to discern them all. This is a constant
theme as we try to sort through the avalanche of miraculous claims.
And we try because miracles are as important today as they always
have been, confirming the supernatural nature of our faith.
Do we absolutely
need them? No. We need faith. But they are granted by God to confirm
the nature of this struggle called life -- and when they are good,
when they are not imagined or conjured or a deception from the dark
side, they do just that: propel us to yet greater faith and contact
with the eternal.
One thing we
frequently hear about are inexplicable exudations -- that is, oil
that reputedly flows from various objects. These reports come on
a weekly basis. Mainly it's statues, but now we have been sent medals
-- of the Sacred Heart, of Divine Mercy, of St. Benedict -- that
are also said to have exuded an oily substance.
These were mailed
by Allan Weilert (above, with Pope), a former Franciscan friar and
now a chiropractor from Andover, Kansas, who first encountered the
phenomenon last December 15 after receiving exuding items from a
friend in Nebraska. The man is both a psychotherapist and a deacon.
Like many, he wants to remain anonymous for fear of ridicule. "On
a private retreat five years ago, he visited one of the convents
established by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton," says Dr. Weilert.
"The sisters who lived there gave him a miraculous medal that
was apparently touched to a relic of Mother Seton. Upon his return
home, he discovered that his shirt pocket which had held the medal
was wet; the medal had oozed oil. It still exudes oil today,
as do a number of sacramentals placed on his nightstand near this
medal. The first items to exude oil in my home were sent to me from
that friend. Other blessed articles belonging to me began to oil
-- some immediately -- after being placed near ones already oozing
Weilert, who has founded a
new community dedicated to Divine Mercy and who once worked
as co-director for the Healing Ministry of the Franciscan School
of Evangelization in Southfield, Michigan, he began placing medals
by the hundreds around the original ones he was sent and many of
those have now exhibited what is best described as an oily film,
along with a heavenly fragrance. "It is a colorless, non-staining,
and fragrant oil which seems to accumulate over time on either one
or both sides of a medal," he asserts. "A few other items
such as statues, crucifixes, and rosaries placed near these medals
have also exhibited signs of oiling."
It was Weilert's
discernment that if God could make water gush from a rock (for the
Israelites), why not oil from metal? He emphasizes that the medals
were blessed prior to exudation. Could it be a sign to wear medals
as protection in these turbulent times? "I've been around
a while, and I've never seen anything quite like this," he
says. "I bought medals to give people and I've personally
seen a thousand-plus ooze oil. They don't drip. They just have this
film on them. Some have more than others. For example a statue in
the clinic has so much oil at times that it's hard to hold it. But
it doesn't puddle. If I put it in a dish it wouldn't collect. And
the fragrance is another variable. If someone sprayed perfume, it
would fade away, but this comes and goes."
Is this good?
Is it from God? Each of us must discern in prayer, and of course
use the faculties of observation. Why oil? In Weilert's view: "I
think it's a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Oil is a healing balm, scripturally
based. I think the Holy Spirit is doing this to wake us up. I anoint
people with oil that comes from these objects and its a great source
of consolation. I've given the medals even to Protestants. I tell
them to put them next to a crucifix in their homes and they come
back and report that it's oozing oil. They're amazed."
has trained hundreds of laity in the principles of healing prayer
and has held healing services around the United States and abroad.
In addition, he launched Catholics United for the Poor, a non-profit
fundraising organization assisting urban ministries among the poor
of Cincinnati, Ohio. Allan also designed and implemented a parish-based
adult spirituality program, the Spiritual Life Center, at Our Lady
of Guadalupe Church in Galveston, Texas, and has been on five pilgrimages
to the Church-approved site of Betania in Venezuela.
As usual, we
offer this for your prayerful discernment.
As with healers,
we always urge prayer before contact with any allegedly miraculous
object. What percentage exude? "They all get the film, but
some get more like Benedictine medals and Miraculous Medals,"
he claims. "But I have seen every sacramental I can think of
ooze the 'oil.' It's a very humble manifestation because it doesn't
drip. It seems like it's oil, but it doesn't have the properties
of oil in that it doesn't stain. It doesn't absorb in things.
We call it 'oil' because it's what it seems closest to. Oil is a
symbol of the Holy Spirit's pervasive and powerful Presence.""
Learn more about these events at The Servants
of Divine Mercy.org.