Newspaper: Mass. woman sees image of Jesus on her iron


20091127-iron.jpgI am not making this up.

From the Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune:

METHUEN -- Mary Jo Coady walked into her daughter's bedroom Sunday afternoon and noticed a familiar image on the bottom of an iron sitting on the floor.

"I see his eyes, his nose, his whole face and I was like, 'That's Jesus looking at us,'" Coady said.

The rust-colored residue on the bottom of the iron strikes a remarkable resemblance to Jesus Christ. For the 44-year-old secretary who was raised Catholic, the image reaffirmed her faith at a time when she has separated from her husband, had her hours cut at work, and moved out of a house she owned and started renting a home where she now lives with her two college-age daughters.

"It just gave me a sign that life is going to be good," Coady said. "I think he's listening."

Coady said she hopes her story will lift other people's spirits in time for the holidays. Her daughters -- Melody, a 21-year-old student at Northern Essex Community College, and Alison, a 20-year-old student at Merrimack College -- aren't ones to overreact to an iron.

"They wouldn't believe this if it hit them in the head, and they were like, 'Mom, that's Jesus looking at us,'" Coady said.

[more at the original story]

Oh, well, God does "draw straight with crooked lines": odd things, even mistakes, can sometimes work out to our good.

Now, I shared this with some other friends today, and they couldn't help wisecracking:

Friend 1: "Is she getting messages as well?"

Friend 2: "Only when the iron is set on 'steam'."

But fortunately, the lady is not "getting messages", and isn't out to persuade anyone that this is anything miraculous. She's just taking it as a personal hint from God to get back into a regular relation with Him after being distant from the Church for a while.

By the way, this story goes well with the restaurant grill in Calexico bearing an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe!


Looks like she was ironing on top of a newspaper aricle showing an image of Jesus.

I think that's Jerry Garcia...


The day after last Christmas, almost a year ago now, my Mom served me some pieces of cooked sweet potato. One of the slices had a design in it that looked uncannily like Spongebob Squarepants, the cartoon character on Nickelodeon. I'm not kidding, I actually took photos with my cell phone camera. One is quite blurry but the other is clearer. Here they are:

(Some good image editing software could probably bring out more detail.)

Do I believe it was a miracle? Heck no, but part of me wishes I could have sold it on eBay and made a bundle of money. I don't think anyone would have wanted it, though, and it was too mushy and perishable to survive anyway.

In Jesu et Maria,

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