"groups have never thirsted after truth. They demand illusions, and cannot do
without them. They constantly give what is unreal precedence over what is real;
they are almost as strongly influenced by what is untrue as by what is true.
They have an evident tendency not to distinguish between the two"
FRESNO, California -- - As the mid-day sun beat down, a group of parishioners
huddled under a tree looking for shade, but seeking a miracle.
Rosemarie Navarro, a parishioner at a Fresno, California Catholic Church
says, "I said my prayer and asked the Lord to give me a miracle cause I'm
really, really sick."
Navarro counts herself among the believers, a
small but growing group that thinks the liquid dripping from this Crape Myrtle
tree is the tears of God.
Parishioner Maria Ybarra says, "When you say
‘glory be to God in Jesus name’ the tree starts throwing out more water."
On close inspection, arborist Jon Reelhorn agrees, something is falling
from the tree in front of St. Johns Cathedral. But it isn't water.
"The aphides will suck the sap, the sap goes through the aphid and then it
is a honey dew excrement from the aphid and it gets so heavy in the summertime
that it will drip down," Reelhorn says.
He calls it a natural process. He also found another tree dripping across the street. And like the
honey dew rolling off its leaves, clinical therapist Mark McOmber says the way
people choose to interpret it can also be attributed to nature.
"Human beings inherently need to hope for things, things that they can't understand,
things they can't see," McOmber says.**
supernatural explanations and at the same time our failure to be vigilant and
diligent in unlocking the secrets of the natural world.
It is easier to just skip that locked door and assume it is a God, a demon, a ghost,
or some other metaphysical explanation behind that door instead of taking the
time and cognitive energy to unlock the door of unexplained natural events
through a systematic method of understanding. As it has been said when it comes
to human beings and their need for definite answers they will readily accept a
bad explanation much more than no explanation at all.
It seems there is a large imagination for the unreal and a rather small imagination for the reality of the natural world.
"The first ideas of religion arose not from a contemplation of the works of
nature, but from a concern with regard to the events of life, and from the
incessant hopes and fears, which actuate the human mind...the anxious concern
for happiness, the dread of future misery, the terror of death, the thirst of
revenge, the appetite for food and other necessaries. Agitated by hopes and
fears of this nature...men scrutinize, with a trembling curiosity, the course
of future causes, and examine the various and contrary events of human life. And
in this disordered scene, with eyes still more disordered and astonished, they
see the first obscure traces of divinity."