Saturday, May 2, 2009

Sizzlin' hot image of the Virgin Mary appears on a griddle

After a cook in Calexico discovered what he thought was a sacred image of the Virgin Mary on a restaurant griddle, people drove in from as far as San Diego (about 125 miles) just to get a glimpse. Visitors included these two lucha libre wrestlers, who said her image was "a true miracle" according to the Imperial Valley Press. (The photographer who took this picture must love me and want me to be happy--this is probably my favorite picture EVER.)
I am a serious dork for supposed "sacred sightings." There's nothing like the mix of fervent excitement, guaranteed national media attention and campy reverence for things like a 15-year-old piece of toast. I personally don't believe that a face on a griddle is a sacred message from God, but hey-- if it is, he's certainly got a sense of humor. There's nothing funnier than seeing people getting worked up over a Cheeto.
Check out this slideshow of "sightings" found on silly objects like melons, paperweights and X-rays.


  1. Megan,

    It seems to me that everything is sacred and a message from God. But it is easy to lose that sense when we don't stay grounded in the present moment. I wonder if that is why people are so drawn to the idea of sacred images on everyday objects.


  2. I love that picture too.
    There is a Virgin Mary image in Chicago under the Kennedy Expressway on Fullerton. It does appear to be the Virgin Mary, but it was made from the urine of the homeless that hang out under there. Weird.