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Griddle bears image of Mary
Imperial Valley Press ^ | Apr 30, 2009 | NICOLAS TABOREK

Posted on 04/30/2009 9:34:30 PM PDT by Alex Murphy

CALEXICO — For the past week the Las Palmas swap meet here has been able to boast more than just good deals on cheap clothing. It’s now also an official viewing site for a bona fide likeness of the Virgin Mary.

A chef at the Las Palmas restaurant, Hilda Maciel, discovered the image on a griddle she was cleaning last Wednesday. The next day, the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Calexico confirmed the image was a true likeness of the Virgin, said Brenda Martinez, general manager at the restaurant.

Since then, the griddle with the image has been retired from service in the kitchen and put on display in a storage room. Martinez said her family is planning to renovate the room and will continue allowing people to view the griddle for free.

“It was shocking. We didn’t know what to think,” she said of the discovery.

Father Gerardo could not be reached for comment on the appearance of the Virgin’s image on the griddle Wednesday evening.

So far more than 100 people have dropped by to view the griddle, Martinez said, some traveling from San Diego for the privilege.

On Wednesday several Mexican wrestlers who were booked to appear at the swap meet as a special promotion crowded into the small room to admire the image.

For Maciel the discovery carried particular significance. Her brother died of a heart attack two days before the image appeared, she said. The day she discovered the likeness was her first day back at work.

“I believe that for me it’s to give me the strength to continue on,” she said.


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; Prayer; Religion & Culture
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A chef at the Las Palmas restaurant, Hilda Maciel, discovered the image on a griddle she was cleaning last Wednesday. The next day, the Rev. Gerardo Fernandez of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Calexico confirmed the image was a true likeness of the Virgin, said Brenda Martinez, general manager at the restaurant.

Since then, the griddle with the image has been retired from service in the kitchen and put on display in a storage room. Martinez said her family is planning to renovate the room and will continue allowing people to view the griddle for free.


FROM LEFT: Lucha Libre wrestlers Renegado and Mr. Tempest look at an image of the Virgin Mary said to have appeared on a griddle at Las Palmas restaurant in Calexico. “I follow Our Lady of Guadalupe," Mr. Tempest said after the viewing. “This is amazing. It’s a true miracle.”

1 posted on 04/30/2009 9:34:30 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: All
FESTIVAL OF APPARITIONS:

Pretzel Madonna
Funyun Madonna
Chocolate Madonna
Madonna in a Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Madonna in a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, part 2
Madonna in a Beach Pebble
Madonna in a Steam Iron
Madonna in a Road Overpass Water Stain
Madonna in a Road Overpass Water Stain, part 2
Madonna and Jesus in Pancake

Cheetos Jesus
Jesus on a Consecrated Wafer, at a Hospital Chapel
Jesus on a Laundry Room Door
Jesus in a Hospital Window
Jesus in a Seat Cushion
Jesus in a tortilla (THO)

Make your own "Holy Toast"

2 posted on 04/30/2009 9:35:13 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Presbyterians often forget that John Knox had been a Sunday bowler.)
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To: Alex Murphy
When will people stop searching for signs and wonders, and start searching the scriptures?
3 posted on 04/30/2009 9:40:59 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Alex Murphy

Nah, just too abstract for yours truly.


4 posted on 04/30/2009 9:41:47 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Alex Murphy

LOL!

Personally I like my links better.


5 posted on 04/30/2009 9:45:50 PM PDT by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Alex Murphy

Thanks.

With life so worrisome these days, we needed a little levity.


6 posted on 04/30/2009 10:07:31 PM PDT by Jedidah
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To: Alex Murphy

What about the Mother Teresa cinnamon bun?


7 posted on 04/30/2009 10:52:21 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Let’s see: You’ve got a story about the Virgin Mary appearing on a griddle. You send a photographer to the scene. And you print a picture taken from an angle that makes it utterly impossible to judge what the surface of the griddle looks like. Great journalism!


8 posted on 04/30/2009 10:54:48 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: Arthur McGowan

Great tag line.


9 posted on 04/30/2009 11:55:12 PM PDT by mckenzie7 (TOTUS = PONZI)
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To: Arthur McGowan
A better angle:


10 posted on 05/01/2009 12:30:29 AM PDT by raynearhood ("Naysayers for Jesus" - Charter Member)
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To: raynearhood

Well! Now I’m convinced!

Actually, there’s a bit of irony here. The image on the tilma of Juan Diego is a miraculous image on an ordinary household object. When someone comes up with an image on a steam iron or toasted cheese sandwich that looks anything like the image on the tilma, I’ll take it seriously.

The tilma, btw, is made of rough hemp, and should have crumbled into dust after about ten years, but is completely sound after 500+ years.

Those who say they reject all such miracles out of hand have to simply ignore a lot of well-documented facts. Just as those who reject the Church have to ignore the lives of the saints.


11 posted on 05/01/2009 2:39:21 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (If Bishop D'Arcy finds out a priest is molesting kids, he will boycott the parish's Fall Supper!!!)
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To: Alex Murphy

I always figured if times got real tough, I’d take a hunk of sausage and draw a pircture of Mary on the wall of my shower, let it get moldy for a few days and charge people $10.00 each to come “worship” it.


12 posted on 05/01/2009 5:34:01 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Since photography didn’t exist until centuries after Mary died, and no one who is alive now has ever seen her, How do we know how she looked?


13 posted on 05/01/2009 5:34:09 AM PDT by seemoAR
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To: Alex Murphy

My TV set regularly shows an image of the Antichrist ... can I get any publicity “bounce” out of that?


14 posted on 05/01/2009 10:50:08 AM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: Arthur McGowan
Just as those who reject the Church have to ignore the lives of the saints.

...or mock the lives of the saints.

15 posted on 05/01/2009 10:52:04 AM PDT by Petronski (Learn about the 'cytokine storm.')
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To: seemoAR
How do we know how she looked?

I would assume it would have been with her eyes. * rimshot *

16 posted on 05/01/2009 10:52:40 AM PDT by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Campion

17 posted on 05/01/2009 10:54:05 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

That looks more like Princess Leia.


18 posted on 05/01/2009 10:58:17 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best.)
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To: dfwgator
I would assume it would have been with her eyes. * rimshot *

Man #1: I have a dog that has no nose!
Man #2: A dog with no nose?!? How does it smell?
Man #1: Terrible!


19 posted on 05/01/2009 11:46:48 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Presbyterians often forget that John Knox had been a Sunday bowler.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

When its too late...


20 posted on 05/01/2009 11:49:56 AM PDT by Rightly Biased (We are all equal here but some of us are more equal than others.)
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To: Rightly Biased

For the vast majority, you are right. Sigh....


21 posted on 05/01/2009 11:52:11 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: raynearhood
I think that's the St. Pauli girl:


22 posted on 05/01/2009 11:54:59 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Beware Obama's Reichstag Fire.)
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To: Arthur McGowan

I’ve been a Catholic since birth, and that’s a loooong time. The nuns taught us NOT to accept silly claims of miracles, but only those which have been proven. And I agree with everything you said, Arthur. Especially about the Tilma.


23 posted on 07/02/2010 3:57:41 PM PDT by kitkat (OBAMA hates us. Well, maybe a LOT of Kenyans do.)
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To: kitkat
but only those which have been proven

how are they proven?

24 posted on 07/02/2010 4:01:20 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (Defending the Indefensible. The Pride of a Pawn.)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

***how are they proven? ***

The Catholic Church is rigorous in it’s refusal to accept a miracle without absolute proof that a miracle has actually happened. For example, if someone has asked the Blessed Virgin to pray for them so that they may be cured of an incurable disease, and the cure happens, there has to be proof that it could not have occurred without a miracle.


25 posted on 07/02/2010 4:09:19 PM PDT by kitkat (OBAMA hates us. Well, maybe a LOT of Kenyans do.)
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