Skip to comments.Second appearance for the Virgin Mary at Harlingen dry cleaner? [in the wrinkles of a shirt!]
Posted on 05/23/2011 9:05:03 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
Employees at a Harlingen dry cleaner are wondering if wrinkles on a shirt could be the second apparition of the Virgin Mary to appear there.
It all happened at Comet One Hour Cleaners off East Harrison Avenue in Harlingen.
Employees were ironing a shirt when they noticed an usual set of wrinkles that resembled an apparition of the Virgin Mary.
Comet Cleaners first grabbed the attention of the faithful and headlines back in May 2009 when a stain on an ironing board appeared in the image of the revered Catholic figure.
Action 4 News will have the full story and reaction from believers and non-believers about this new reported apparition during our 10 p.m. newscast.
What do you think?
Employees were ironing a shirt when they noticed an usual set of wrinkles that resembled an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Comet Cleaners first grabbed the attention of the faithful and headlines back in May 2009 when a stain on an ironing board appeared in the image of the revered Catholic figure.
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This, along with personal interpretation end times left behind nonsense only feeds the liberal stereotype that Christians are simpletons, buffoons, and morons.
What makes it difficult for the rest of Christianity is the fact that those who subscribe to this and to personal interpretation end times left behind nonsense are.
Sometimes, a wrinkled shirt is just, a wrinkled shirt.
Looks like a Shmoo.
You are just peeved because you were left behind ;)
Mom, when are we going to eat? In a while Dear, I have to go to the cleaners first.
If I rest my head on my left shoulder and concentrate really hard, I see...
...Babar the Elephant.
The real question is what are we to make of your pattern of repeatedly posting this kind of news story in the Religion Forum?
“What do you think?”
I see God every single day. I see Him in my children’s smiles, in a flower blooming and in a bird chirping. I see Him in the beauty of a rainbow and the rising of the moon. I see Him in a simple blade of grass and in the fierceness of storms. I DO NOT see images in toast, on a dirty window, or in a pancake. That’s what I think.
What I think is that this is nothing more than the efforts of a modern day Calvinist iconoclast seeking to undermine and diminish the entire concept of religious art and iconography because they are no longer able to kick in doors, and attack the actual Church art with axes and fire bombs.
Drug testing seems warranted.
How about tortillas?
Does this mean I don’t get my shirt back?
Au contraire. The real question is whether pareidolia is at work in the very people who ascribe this or that meaning to the patterns they see.
Court Psychiatrist: [Holding up inkblot card] Okay, now tell me what you see, Alan.
Alan Musgrave: Flowers. Hmmm...tulips, jonquils, and roses. They're long-stemmed American Beauty roses, actually.
Court Psychiatrist: [flipping to new inkblot card, irritated] Uh - concentrate. Try a little harder.
Alan Musgrave: [sharply inhaling]. Birds. Trees. [Sudden interest, taking card from psychiatrist] Oh, and there's a river! A river, winding lazily through green pastures....
Court Psychiatrist: [interrupting] You're fighting me.
Alan Musgrave: [continuing] ....oh, it's so peaceful. On the banks are happy children....
Court Psychiatrist: [ignoring him, filing her nails] Don't fight me, Alan.
Alan Musgrave: [continuing]....clouds, lots of clouds -- [gets out of chair and sits on desk, showing inkblot to psychiatrist] Look! One of them looks just like the Easter Bunny! Huh.
Court Psychiatrist: [takes inkblot from him, looks him in the eye, condescending] Alan, I want to help you. Now, don't you realize that these things are supposed to be dirty?
Alan Musgrave: [Surprised] Dirty? [Looks at new inkblot card, shakes head] No. That's a butterfly. A brightly colored butterfly....
Court Psychiatrist: [leaps up from desk, throws all inkblots at Alan in extreme anger] You are hostile! You are hostile, you little creep! You creep, you hostile creep!
Alan Musgrave: Shhhhh! Doctor, shhhhh! [motions with hand to sit down] Doctor, what are you hiding from? Your whole pattern suggests a rigidity syndrome of severe underlying anxiety, massive repressions and pathological prejudices. All of which makes it very difficult for me to relate to you! So if you really want me to talk, get me my tape recorder.
Court Psychiatrist: [steaming] Anything else?
Alan Musgrave: Now that you mention it, you might get me my transistor radio. And a corned beef sandwich. On rye. No mustard.
-- from the 1966 movie Lord Love A Duck
I see the smarmy little iconoclastic, passive aggressive game you are playing with these "news worthy" sightings. I'm just going to keep calling you on it.
What do you see now?
Just more evidence of the same old ballet from the same old Bulshoi.
It looks like someone melted the fabric a little.
“How about tortillas?”
You made me laugh. Thanks. No, not tortillas either.
You are probably right. I mean it really does sound stupid. The Virgin Mary decides to show herself in a wrinkled shirt, a piece of toast, a pancake? It makes fun and ridicules Christians in general. See.. look how stupid these people really are?! That type of process. The non-believers don’t just sit comfortably by and allow other people to have their religion. Nope, not a chance. They want God taken off of money, completely out of schools, hospitals etc... They want Him extinct from all human life IMHO.
This is nothing more than an attempt to erode the importance and value of Christian Iconography by making connections between the imagery and random and often offensive objects. This was a cornerstone of the Reformation who saw all religious art as an extension of the Catholic Church.
Relying on their false interpretation of the Decalogue's prohibition against "graven images", they ravaged much of the religious art of Northern Europe. Painting, sculptures, statuary, stained glass windows, and tapestries were destroyed.
The underlying reason is clear; religious art could not be twisted or reinterpreted as easily as Scripture and, to a generally illiterate population, the art was a primary source of Christian education.
The fact that so much survives and continues to speak to mankind at a level not manipulable by reformers still drives them nuts.