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Branching Out Across The Border

mary-mexicoSeventy-five-year-old Dona Lidia, of Pocboc, Mexico, was on her way to work as a cleaner at the local high school when she spotted something in the trunk of a Melina tree that looked like the silhouette of the Virgin Mary. “I have been working here for 18 years and always take this route and I can assure you that the image was not there before,” she said. “‘I instantly had to tell my neighbors and when they came the word quickly spread.” Spread it did. Dozens of candles and flowers are left each day as an offering, despite some killjoys who say it’s just tree rings.  A group of residents held a festival around the tree today (December 12) and plan on asking the region’s bishop if the image could be considered as an official miracle. Madre mia!


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Trunk Show in Iowa

jesus_iowaAt a busy intersection on 3rd Street Bridge Road in Polk City, Iowa, an image has appeared on the trunk of a tree. A six-foot tall image that people think looks like the Virgin Mary, though some think it looks more like Jesus. Others think it’s Mary holding the baby Jesus. Whatever it is, people have been flocking there to see it. No one seems to know how it got there, just when it appeared, or even whose land it stands on. Mysteries abound.


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Quirky Sighting

crucified-treeBrian Quirk of Amelia Court in North Providence, Rhode Island, had returned from a visit to his father’s grave on the sixth anniversary of his death when he decided to relax by doing some yard work. There, in a small growth on a silver maple tree, he spotted a 3″ x 2″ image of Jesus Christ on the cross. “Curiously, it is in the same area where my father would sit outside during his last few months before losing his battle with cancer,” Quirk said. Area residents say they’ve been inspired by the image while Quirk has made my job easier by calling it a “quirk of fate.”

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Of Course it Might Have Been a Dyslexic Eggplant

god-eggplantChef Jermarcus Brady was slicing eggplants at Gino’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge on Monday when, as he puts it, “I saw a miraculous image formed by the seeds. It spelled out the word ‘God’!” The restaurant’s co-owner, Gino Marino, who has been in business for nearly 50 years, said, “You could cut one million eggplants and you’d probably never see that again, it’s that rare.” Maybe even rarer. Brady and his coworkers took photos to preserve the memory. No word on whether they’ve tried to preserve the slice of eggplant or whether it was salted and sauteed along with the rest.


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The Apple of Jesus’ Eye

jesus-appleDavid Duran of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was making a batch of apple butter using his great-great-grandmother’s recipe when he noticed that one of the Fuji apples he was about to peel had an image on the outside he thought looked like Jesus holding a lamb. He took the apple to the local Sacred Heart church, where a priest blessed and anointed it. Since then, neighbors and area residents have been stopping by to get a glimpse of the unique fruit.

“Maybe it’s a sign from the Lord that maybe we need to change our ways and maybe look at things to be more positive in this world,” he told a local TV station.

Well, maybe.

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Wooden You Know

mary-new-mexicoVolunteers were cutting lumber while restoring the San Antonio de Padua Church in Questa, New Mexico, on April 28 when someone noticed a knot in the wood that looked like the Virgin Mary with a lamb. Mark Sideris, project coordinator for the restoration, sees a lamb, his daughter sees Christ, some think Mary’s holding the baby Jesus, and still others think it looks like the 14th Station of the Cross where Jesus is laid in the tomb.

After Sideris posted a photo of the knot on Facebook, a steady stream of visitors begain visiting the church to see the knotty lumber, which comes from an old fir tree near the Red River. But it won’t be on display for long. While some parishioners think it should be left for all to easily see, Sideris says it will be used to support a new choir loft. “I love that parents may someday sit beneath it and ask their children if they can see the Virgin Mary in the choir loft,” he said.

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