A statue of the Virgin Mary shipped overseas to a Central Florida business has grabbed the attention of the Orlando Catholic Diocese and groups of worshippers after it apparently shed a black tear inside the store.
It started as one drip from the ceiling of a freezer at Morton Thrifty Foods grocery store. Now it has become quite the sanctuary for a lot of Catholic believers.
Virginia Kimball’s research has plumbed not just scripture but ancient traditions — extra-biblical writings, hymns, and prayers from Christianity’s infancy — to discover what the earliest Christians believed about the woman they considered the mother of God.
Holy figures have been perceived in bricks, wooden logs, trees, sandwiches, eggs, a tortilla and so on. The phenomenon is so common that scientists have given it a name: pareidolia, the perception of patterns where none are intended.
Drivers zooming by a highway overpass may only see a tree stump, but hundreds of Roman Catholics who believe they see an image of the Virgin Mary there consider it worth a pilgrimage.
Woman claims gold nugget shows virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.
MEXICO, Maine –A Maine woman who discovered an image of the Virgin Mary on a blackened wall following a house fire last winter put the image on eBay after declaring that she had no intention of selling it. Veronica Dennis changed her mind about auctioning the apparition because she was out of work for three months and trying to catch up on her bills. “I’m working two jobs now trying to get caught up, but I can barely pay the current bills, but not the past bills. Our life has been a complete mess for seven months,” she said. Dennis’
MEXICO — Nestled in a valley on the Androscoggin River, Mexico bills itself as the Gateway to the Western Mountains. Now the town of 3,000 can make another claim to fame: Home of the latest Virgin Mary sighting. Ever since an image that some believe is a likeness of the mother of Jesus was found on Veronica Dennis’ dining room wall after a fire at her home last week, residents have been abuzz. Some wonder whether their sleepy little town will be turned upside down by an influx of pilgrims seeking miracles. Others hope the image is an omen of
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carrying rosary beads and cameras, the faithful have been coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of Sacramento for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary they say has begun crying a substance that looks like blood. It was first noticed more than a week ago, when a priest at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church spotted a stain on the statue’s face and wiped it away. Before mass on Nov. 20, people again noticed a reddish substance near the eyes of the white concrete statue
COLUMBIA, S.C. – They’re wearing “Mary Is My Homegirl” T-shirts and bracelets, and not all of them are Roman Catholic. Once mainly a devotional figure for Catholics, Mary and her role as a woman of God now are studied by Anglicans and other Christian denominations. “Mary is my friend … for me, she’s the ultimate example of a woman who said yes to God,” said Betsy Biega, parish administrator at St. Martin’s in the Fields Episcopal Church off Clemson Avenue in Columbia, S.C. In May, leaders of the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches released a study that encouraged members of