The Nun That Bleeds…Strange!
OK. This is weird.
A nun that bleeds from her head, eyes and hands while prophesying… and this is not Nollywood. No. It is live in Enugu.
For those who like to read full gists, you can find the complete story here and for those who are just lazy readers like me 🙂 , here’s a summary.
Her name is Martina Oforka and she is a catholic nun from Anambra State. According to her guardian, the nun started showing some strange signs at the age of nine and was persecuted by her pentecostal guardian because she decided to remain catholic.
In 1997, she first experienced a strange encounter when some strange hands kept beating her, leaving wounds and marks on her body and it was after weeks of supplication that the situation changed to bleeding and pains on her head, sides, eyes and hands. One of the priests called Father Benjy tried explaining her ‘call’. According to him, Sister Martina was sleeping in the living room of the DDL convent at Uwani, Enugu, when around 12 midnight a picture hanging on the wall fell down. When she woke up and moved to replace it, she turned on the light and another picture also fell mysteriously. It was then that a voice from no specific direction spoke to her saying: “My child, I came to you several times but you refused to come, why?” This was repeated three times and she replied: “Lord, if you are the one calling me, I am tired of you because your ways are full of suffering”.
Whenever this bleeding starts, she prophesies and has also performed many miracles, freeing people from cultism and curses. She is also very charitable, runs a school and feeds over 40 people everyday. Many see her as a blessing to this generation.
End of story (I don try).
Well, this ermmm… ‘situation’ is called ‘Stigmata’ which describes body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hands, wrists, and feet and is associated with the Roman Catholic faith. (Thank you, Wikipedia!)
So, this story got me thinking. Is this for real? I know many strange things happen and I know God’s ways are unsearchable, but this is simply unbelievable. When Paul, in his letter to the Galatians, said “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus”, did he mean physical marks of torture or something else? Jesus said ‘It is finished’ on the cross and for me, that marks the end to that kind of pain for His children. That’s my opinion anyway. What do you think?