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    Default Some see Virgin Mary in Underpass Stain

    This makes me so proud to be living in Chicago:

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    Some see Virgin Mary in underpass stain
    Wednesday, April 20, 2005 Posted: 8:27 AM EDT (1227 GMT)


    CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A steady stream of the faithful and the curious, many carrying flowers and candles, have flocked to an expressway underpass for a view of a yellow and white stain on a concrete wall that some believe is an image of the Virgin Mary.

    Police have patrolled the emergency turnoff area under the Kennedy Expressway since Monday as hundreds of people have walked down to see the image and the growing memorial of flowers and candles that surround it. Beside the image is an artist's rendering of the Virgin Mary embracing Pope John Paul II in a pose some see echoed in the stain.

    "We believe it's a miracle," said Elbia Tello, 42. "We have faith, and we can see her face."

    Tuesday morning, women knelt with rosary beads behind a police barricade while men in work shirts stood solemnly before the image, praying. A police officer kept the crowd of about three dozen from getting too close to the traffic but didn't stop them gathering around the stain.

    The stain is likely the result of salt run-off, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. The agency does not plan to scrub it off the wall.

    "We're treating this just like we treat any type of roadside memorial," said IDOT spokesman Mike Claffey. "We have no plans to clean this site."

    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago had not received any requests to authenticate the image as of Monday, spokesman Jim Dwyer said.

    "These things don't happen every day," Dwyer said. "Sometimes people ask us to look into it. Most of the time they don't. (The meaning) depends on the individual who sees it. To them, it's real. To them, it reaffirms their faith."

    But onlooker Victor Robles, 36, said he was skeptical about the stain's Virgin Mary resemblance.

    "I see just a concrete wall and an image that could happen anywhere," Robles said. "If that image helps more people feel closer to God than maybe that is a good sign."

    Worldwide, people have been drawn to images believed to resemble the Virgin Mary seen on windows, fence posts and walls.

    Among the best-known in the United States was an image seen in office windows in Clearwater, Florida. Within weeks, a half million people had been to the site. Glass experts believe the image was created by a chemical reaction and corrosion of the metallic elements in the glass coating, but they could not explain why it took the shape it did. The windows were broken last year.
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    Ridiculous.

    Normally I'd say it's harmless and if it makes these nutjobs feel better oh well, more power to them, but they are wasting city resources like police and emergency teams, not to mention screwing up traffic.

    Maybe if the press turned off the cameras and stopped giving these wackos airtime, the novelty would wear off and IDOT could repair the spot and clean the stain up and these people could do something productive like spending time with their family instead of praying to a water stain on the wall.

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    I agree 100%, Paw.
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    You guys must have some great whacky tabacky in the Windy City. It's just a stain on some concrete...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeoHalen
    "We're treating this just like we treat any type of roadside memorial," said IDOT spokesman Mike Claffey. "We have no plans to clean this site."
    IDOT is so close to IDIOT.

    Again, something I don't understand.

    First, Why is the Virgin Mary so important to some people? I know she was the woman who gave birth to Christ but what about Christ? I see significantly more depictions and prayer to the woman who gave birth to Jesus than I do for the man himself. Is that strange to anybody but me?

    Second, It's a stain on the highway people. People see things in abstract, formless objects all the time. Kids do it with clouds all the time.

    It's not a miracle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buschman
    You guys must have some great whacky tabacky in the Windy City. It's just a stain on some concrete...
    We have the best whacky tabacky in the country!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenpaw
    Ridiculous.

    Normally I'd say it's harmless and if it makes these nutjobs feel better oh well, more power to them, but they are wasting city resources like police and emergency teams, not to mention screwing up traffic.

    Maybe if the press turned off the cameras and stopped giving these wackos airtime, the novelty would wear off and IDOT could repair the spot and clean the stain up and these people could do something productive like spending time with their family instead of praying to a water stain on the wall.

    Right on.

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    Hmmm... I'm suddenly hungry for a grilled cheese sandwich.

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    Hi Junior,
    The Catholic church has elevated Mary to the point that she is almost as important as Jesus. That's why you see the importance placed on these "sightings".
    Rack of what?

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    Jesus Christ! Er, umm, wait...

    Look people, if the Lord wants you to know his presence, I'm guessing
    he's not going to manifest in a come stain or on a turtle's back or in a
    grilled cheese sandwich, OK? The Shroud of Turin is almost assuredly
    a fake, so can we stop with the grease stain stigmatas already?
    This kind of thing just exposes the superstitious nature that drives
    their "beliefs". Come on.
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    glancing at the title i thought it said "Some see Virgin Mary in Underpants Stain."

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    This stuff is stupid. Of course. I just find it funny that there's a huge group of people collecting around and praying to a stain on the wall that looks like a vagina.

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    There was a building in Clearwater, FL that had a water stain on the window. Someone said it looked like the Virgin Mary, so the church bought it. A few years later a vandal broke with window with a rock. This was one instance where I was thankful someone broke something. I could not believe the fanatics flocking to see this water stain and making such a big deal out of it. In my opinion, if they had placed 1/5 of that Mary sighting energy into praying to God, the world would be a much safer place. I understand the importance of Mary in the Bible, but, I do not pray to her, worship her or see her 'image' on everyday items like a wall, bridge or sandwich. Some people have lost their grip, methinks. If God wanted the Virgin to appear, it would not be on an overpass or sandwich, God has the budget! Think about it, people...

    just my 2 cents

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    The other day, my dog took a crap and it could resemble the Virgin Mary, but you won't see me praying to a pile of shit any time soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5149.9
    I just find it funny that there's a huge group of people collecting around and praying to a stain on the wall that looks like a vagina.
    LMAO, I didn't want to be the one to say it here, but that's EXACTLY what I said the first time I saw it! LOL

 

 

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