Posts Tagged ‘catholic’

Virgin Mary stump update

A $200M redevelopment project is slated to go up across he street from the Virgin Mary stump in Passaic and folks are wondering if Mary has to go. Councilman Jon Soto said a religious altar should not be allowed to remain on public property. “Although the shrine is sacred to some, it’s on public property and in the sense of the separation of church and state we can’t have a shrine here”. He wanted to debate it at a town council meeting but the mayor said the town lawyers should examine the issue before any debate. Said Soto: “the whole are is going to be redeveloped and if we don’t address it now and you leave it there for a few years then later down the road it’s going to be ‘it’s been there for five years’ and it will be more difficult.”

As you can see below, the Virgin Mary tree stump now has proper protection in the former of a properly built shelter. The area has also been paved with bricks for safety…

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Virgin Mary Tree Stump

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In Passaic, near the corner of Hope & Madison right as it goes under Route 21, drug users frequently would gather and shoot up behind the bushes. Local residents, fed up with the drug user going on out in the open, decided to clear the brush to take away the privacy it afforded the drug users. One teenager chopped down a thick tree and a left the stump and logs there when he was done. A few weeks later someone noticed that the stump resembled the Virgin Mother May. A protective shelter was erected around it and soon Catholics from all around were visited the shrine. People left candles, rosaries, and drawings of the Mother Mary. A fence was eventually erected to keep the crowds from getting too close.

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It does appear to be a figure with sloping shoulders who is crossing his/her arms. But the Virgin Mother? I’ve seen Scooby Doo in cloud formations, it doesn’t mean I was watching cartoon network at the time. The human mind likes to see things in random designs in nature.

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Although I’ve never believed that images of Jesus or the Virgin mary on toast are really, I did notice some interesting things about this particular sighting. 1) this occurred on Hope St. 2) it’s the month of the Holy Rosary in the catholic church. 3) if you walk back on Hope St perhaps 150 feet you can see over the highway and on a building on the other side someone painted the words “read the bible… Jesus is the future king.” This was painted years ago. (in the picture below you can see the building to the right of the sign post…) Coincidence or just another sign? That’s for you to decide…