Miraculous Staircase, Allegedly Built by St. Joseph, Defies Laws of Both Gravity and Physics

The "Miraculous Staircase" of "Our Lady of Light" Chapel in Sante Fe, New Mexico, which (1) defies the laws of gravity and physics in that it should not be capable of standing, much less of being used continually, a it has been and still is; (2) was constructed by a mysterious bearded man who carried only the most primitive of tools, an who used neither nails, nor glue, nor wood that was indigenous to that geographical space or time period (this species of wood had been extinct at the time it was built; (3) which is comprised of exactly 33 stairs - a mystical number that represents the number of years that Christ lived on earth.  Moreover, Christ is, himself, quit literally our "stairway to heaven," as he clearly states in John 14:6: "I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me."

The “Miraculous Staircase” of “Our Lady of Light” Chapel in Sante Fe, New Mexico,  is comprised of exactly 33 stairs – a mystical number that represents the number of years that Christ lived on earth. Moreover, Christ is, himself,  our “stairway to heaven,” as he clearly states in John 14:6: “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

“In 1872 Jean-Baptiste Lamy, the Bishop of the Santa Fe Archdiocese, commissioned the building of a convent chapel to be named Our Lady of Light Chapel, which would be in the care of the Sisters of Loretto. The chapel was designed by French architect Antoine Mouly in the Gothic Revival style, complete with spires, buttresses, and stained glass windows imported from France. Although it was built on a much smaller scale, the chapel bears an obvious resemblance to the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

“The architect died suddenly and it was only after much of the chapel was constructed that the builders realized it was lacking any type of stairway to the choir loft. Due to the chapel’s small size, a standard staircase would have been too large. Historians have also noted that earlier churches of the period had ladders rather than stairs to the choir loft, but the Sisters did not feel comfortable with that prospect because of the long habits that they wore.

“The Sisters of Loretto relate the story as follows:

“Needing a way to get up to the choir loft the nuns prayed for St. Joseph‘s intercession for nine straight days. On the day after their novena ended a shabby-looking stranger appeared at their door. He told the nuns he would build them a staircase but that he needed total privacy and locked himself in the chapel for three months. He used a small number of primitive tools including a square, a saw and some warm water and constructed a spiral staircase entirely of non-native wood. The identity of the carpenter is not known for as soon as the staircase was finally finished he was gone. Many witnesses, upon seeing the staircase, feel it was constructed by St. Joseph himself, as a miraculous occurrence.

“The resulting staircase is an impressive work of carpentry. It ascends twenty feet, making two complete revolutions up to the choir loft without the use of nails or apparent center support. It has been surmised that the central spiral of the staircase is narrow enough to serve as a central beam. Nonetheless there was no attachment unto any wall or pole in the original stairway, although in 1887 — 10 years after it was built — a railing was added and the outer spiral was fastened to an adjacent pillar. Instead of metal nails, the staircase was constructed using dowels or wooden pegs.

“The staircase has 33 steps, this is the same age of Jesus Christ. The risers of the 33 steps are all of the same height. Made of an apparently extinct wood species, it was constructed with only square wooden pegs without glue or nails. It makes over two complete 360-degree turns, stands 20’ tall and has no center support.

“The legend claims that the mystery had never been satisfactorily solved as to who the carpenter was or where he got his lumber, and that there were no reports of anyone seeing lumber delivered or even seeing the man come and go while the construction was being done. Since he left before the Mother Superior could pay him, the Sisters of Loretto offered a reward for the identity of the man, but it was never claimed” (Wikipedia, 2015).  The complete article can be read by clicking here.

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