In May 1934, the newspaper "Times" reported on "a luminous woman from Pirano." Signora Anna Monaro suffered from asthma, and for a few weeks while sleeping on her chest quick pulse proceeded blue light. This phenomenon has been observed by many doctors, but have not been able to give him a reasonable explanation.
One psychiatrist suggested that "the phenomenon is caused by electrical and magnetic organisms that were strong enough development in the body of the woman, and therefore emit lights" — in other words, another way of saying, "I do not know."
Another doctor suggested a theory of electromagnetic radiation by linking it with certain chemical components that are in the patient's skin, which was close to the then fashionable theory of bioluminescence. Dr. Protti, who made a lengthy statement about their observations of the Signora Monaro, suggested that her poor health, along with fasting and piety increased the amount of sulfide in the blood. Human blood beams in the ultraviolet range, and sulfides can be made to luminesce ultraviolet radiation — this explains the glow emanating from the chest Lady Monaro ("Taymc", May 5, 1934).
The proposed theory did not explain the strange frequency or location of bluish flashes, and soon baffled investigators finally fell silent. Harvey speaks of luminous bacteria that feed on human sweat, but, according to Protti, Anna Monaro began to sweat profusely just after her chest gave off a glow, and just at that moment, her heart began to beat twice as fast as usual.
In many textbooks and treatises on toxicology describes the wounds emitting radiance. The reason is, as a rule, in the presence of luminescent bacteria or wound secretions, which contains biochemicals luciferin and luciferase and ATP (adenozintri-phosphate), which usually are not connected, and if connected, they begin to emit light .
A similar process occurs in the glow of fireflies and fire flies. However, if these theories can be applied to the case of Signora Monaro, the lights would be all over her body.
Gould and Pyle's book "Anomalies and Curiosities in Medicine" for 1937 describes the case of a woman who suffered from breast cancer. Emanating from the patient's chest area was light enough to see the face of the clock that were within a few feet … The book Herevarda Carrington "Death: Its Causes and related phenomena," there is mention of a child who died of indigestion.
After the death of the boy's body was emitting a bluish glow and distribute heat. Attempts to extinguish the brightness to nothing lead, but soon it stopped on its own. When the body is lifted from the bed, it was found that the sheet underneath it burned … The only case of light emission is practically healthy person (except, of course, Saints) is described in the magazine "English Mechanic" from September 24, 1869:
"One American, going to bed, found the top of the glow of the fourth finger of her right leg. When she was rubbing her leg, and increased luminescence of some unknown force to spread the fingers on it. Stench emanated from the leg, and as light emission, and the smell does not stop even when the leg was immersed in a basin of water. Even the soap could not extinguish or reduce emission. This phenomenon lasted three quarters of an hour, and watched it the woman's husband. "
Church refers to the phenomenon of "people of the firefly" approvingly. Pope Benedict XIV wrote: "… It is necessary to recognize the fact — the presence of a natural flame that sometimes becomes visible around the man's head, and also seems to be true that sometimes the whole body of the people can come fire, but not as a fire, rushing up and soon as sparks flying in all directions. "
As an example, let us quote a fragment of a biography of St.. Lidwina written by Thomas à Kempis (ca. 1380 — 1471 gg., German religious writer, an Augustinian monk): "Although it has always been in the dark and light material was unbearable for her eyes, the light of the divine was pleasant to her, which is why her cell often wonderfully lit up and it seemed to all that it is full of material lamps or torches. And it was not strange that even her body fills God's brightness. "
Herbert Serston wrote:
"There are so many stories about saints, from which it became a light in his cell, or even in the whole chapel by the light that streamed from them or fall on them, I am ready to understand just described … No doubt, there are hundreds of similar examples that we can find in the lives of the saints, and although many of them are based on a rather shaky basis, there are enough instances that you can not just drop the …
It's hard to deny the validity of such phenomena, if we recognize that these people have an amazing gift of goodness "(" The physical manifestations of mysticism ", 1952)
Serston tells of a case which merits a more detailed presentation. Go to the Spanish theologian Francisco Suarez father of the Jesuit College in the city of Coimbra, in Portugal, came an old man, named by a dick da Silva, to tell the Holy Father about the arrival of some great men.
The first in the suite room was plunged into darkness, the windows were lowered blinds and shutters are closed, so as not to penetrate into the unbearable heat. Suarez's biographer, Father R. Skorrel, da Silva sends impressions of what happened: "I called the Holy Father, but there was no answer. In the crack between the door jamb and the curtain separating it from the rest of the office premises, was seen a bright light.
I pulled back the curtain, he went into the inner chambers and saw a blinding light comes from the crucifixion. He was so strong that it resembled the reflection of sunlight from the window glass, and I felt that if I continue to look at this light, we become blind.
Light streamed from the crucifixion and fell on his face and chest Father Suarez. This bright light, kneeling, bareheaded, with hands entwined, it hovered in the air at a height of about one meter from the floor at a table on which stood a crucifix.
Seeing this picture, I am struck, quietly retired, my hair stood on end, and I do not know what to do. " After about a quarter of an hour the Holy Father came out and was surprised to see that he was waiting for. "When the Holy Father had heard my story about what I was getting into the inner chambers, he grabbed my hand and with tears in his eyes begged not to tell anyone of what I saw, at least while he is alive."
They had the same confessor, who proposed da Silva to write about everything written in the sealed envelope and do not open it until Father Suarez is alive. All three were known for their piety and were unlikely to derive any benefit from the deception.
Likewise, floating in the air Saint Francis of Assisi and St. Philip Neri shone, Catherine de Ricci, Francis of Paola, Alphonse Liguori, and many other equally good, but not elevated to the rank of saints people. When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, the skin on his face, as the legend says, shone so brightly that the one who saw it, he was afraid to approach him. Some time after that he had to cover his face in front of other people (Isaiah 34: 29 — 35).
Official science contrary denies the fundamental possibility of the existence of "the people of the firefly." Official medicine phenomenon of "luminous men" categorically denies explaining glow wounds described in the scientific works on toxicology, the presence of these wounds of luminescent bacteria.