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Virgin Mary in Tree Bark

Virgin Mary in Tree Bark
The Virgin Mary appears in tree bark. No kidding. It really is her! Read all about it in the Toronto Sun. It must be true.

The guy interviewed in the story is the neighbor of the tree (Mary’s neighbor!) and he doesn’t want a lot of people traipsing through to see it (although it apparently healed his mother in law of cancer!) unless they are ill or in need of a miracle, how generous! He first noticed it when cracking open a beer in his backyard, but he insists he wasn’t drunk, nor is he a whacko. No, he just sees Mary in tree bark.

This doesn’t quite compare to Jesus on the doggy door, but it is pretty good.

Mock all you want, but that is unmistakably her!  I feel better already.

I love the Catholic Church response through representative Neil MacCarthy:

Neil MacCarthy, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, said the church generally doesn’t play a role in investigating or “authenticating” such claims to determine if they are in fact a sign from God.

“If it causes the individual or people seeing it to reflect on their faith then that’s not a bad thing, that’s something positive,” MacCarthy said. “In terms of authenticating it, that’s not something we would generally do.”

It’s better to keep an open mind about such things, MacCarthy said.

“We have to careful about saying too specifically what they are,” MacCarthy said. “People interpret these things in different ways.”

“It is better to keep an open mind about such things”????? He has to be kidding.  It truly is not better to keep an open mind about the Virgin Mary appearing in tree bark.  It is nonsense.  This response sounds like:

“Let’s encourage Catholics to be ignorant, and appear more superstitious than many already do.”

Just come out and say:  “It is just a tree.  It is not Mary.  Nor is it a sign.  Just a tree, growing funny.  Worship God”

To cap it off, the neighbor of Virgin Mary, Mr. Moreau, a Catholic who has problems with the wealth of the Vatican which keeps him from church attendance said this:

“Why do I need to go to church?” Moreau added. “I feel that God has come to me.”

If only all of us had such a tree.


August 26, 2008 - Posted by | Christianity, Silly Stuff, Stupid Stuff, Worship | , , , ,


  1. Honestly, what does it say about a sect of people (Cathlolics) when they are more likely to worship tree bark than the living God who created it?

    It’s this kind of good-luck-charm-thinking that made me run from the Catholic church 24 years ago… Thank God for that escape!

    Comment by murphy24p | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  2. I always thought Mary would be more of a birch kind of gal. This shut me up.

    Comment by Jeff Locke | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  3. Come on now – there’s a smiling monk in my loaf of bread!

    Comment by Lana G! | August 26, 2008 | Reply

  4. Oh my, what will people think of next.

    Comment by Vera | August 27, 2008 | Reply

  5. It does look like all those statues of the Virgin Mary…

    Comment by Ellen | August 27, 2008 | Reply

  6. Remember in college when we saw the 800′ Mohammed? It was a sign: I don’t think I attended any classes after that. Not too many before it, either, but that’s another story.

    Good to see you yesterday. Hope Caleb has a great year!

    Comment by RG | August 30, 2008 | Reply

  7. Hey Murph, thank goodness the Catholics are the only superstitious Christians in the world. Gotta go Benny Hinn is on.

    Comment by Peter | August 30, 2008 | Reply

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