Now, Mostly Dead is Slightly Alive....
Miracles. How does one define them? Miriam Webster says:
1 : an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
2 : an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment
3 Christian Science : a divinely natural phenomenon experienced humanly as the fulfillment of spiritual law
I don't think there are any "divine acts of God" because I think that performing a "divine act" presupposes existence, which hasn't been shown to be in any way probable. However, a monk buried in Greece fifteen years ago and recently exhumed is being displayed and publicly adored as the miraculous works of the Almighty because he was only "partially decomposed". Apparently the creator of the universe had some time on his hands before he has to wrestle Vince McMahon in the WWE (see "Creator of the Universe" entry below for April 16th).
Greek monk Vissarionas Korkoliakos was laid to his final rest in 1991. Now, I don't know the specifics of monk burial in Greece, but it may be that decreasing the moisture in the tomb and doing other accidental yet body-preserving things are just part of the normal procedure. Let's check things like this out first, shall we, before we move on to fairies, invisible creators, and miracles? Great.
A Greek anthropologist in the article said, "(M)iracles are a personal matter for each individual...(T)hese are very sensitive matters." Well, no, actually. A miracle is defined above and everyone has the same access to a dictionary as I do. It's not a relative term. Either something fits the definition or it doesn't. Again, a man's body not following the normal path of decomposition indicates something odd in his post-mortem preparation, casketing, or burial. That's it.
Now this kills me. It seems that the location of Tinos is considered an "all-purpose salvation site" while other churches have a specialized focus - such as the church of Virgin Mary Tsambika on the island of Rhodes, which is said to cure couples who can't have the kiddies. The location of our dead monk's body is in the city of Lamia in central Greece; get this - Lamia, in Greek lore, was a woman who fell in love with Zeus. When Hera (Big Z's angry and psychotic wife) found out, she turned Lamia into a monsterous snake thing and killed her children. Just to tack on some insanity, Hera made Lamia's eyes unable to close so she'd never get a break from the image of her dead kids. Nice, eh? Oh, and Lamia was so jealous and envious of the other mothers after her little ordeal that she took it upon herself to lure their children to her and eat them. She's apparently also known as "Lilith". It's nice to know that a woman's musical fair is named after a child-eating adultress monster.
So this place is favored by God? Well pardon me, but that makes about as much sense as Charlie Sheen and Tom Cruise starting up a "Logic Club". I know that religion has a grip on most people's thinking, but we really have to start questioning faulty reasoning and bringing some semblence of rationality to proceedings, regardless of where they are in the world. Yes, even in a place named after a snake-woman who can take out her eyes and who eats children.
Have fun stormin' the castle!