Virgin Mary Statue Unearthed; Is It A Miracle?
A Virgin Mary statue has been unearthed outside the Golden Pond assisted living facility outside Boston. The four-foot concrete Virgin Mary statue was unearthed on Dec. 5, and the proximity to Christmas has some speculating that it may be more than mere coincidence.
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"It's even beyond incredible that it was found 20 days before Christmas," Bill Marr, the facility's executive director, told WBZ-TV. "The timing of the year could be more symbolic."
The origin of the unearthed Virgin Mary statue remains a mystery. The grounds outside the facility belonged to a mobile home park before the facility was constructed. Before that, the area was just a wooded lot. The Virgin Mary statue is believed to be more than 20 years old and is in such good condition that some residents believe it was fated to be discovered.
"It's a wonderful thing. I think the statue is absolutely beautiful [and] I think it's a precursor of good things to come for this place," Andrea Brass, a resident of Golden Pond, told CBS.
The Virgin Mary statue was unearthed by a backhoe doing work on a 38,000-square foot expansion. A resident saw it sticking out of the dirt and ran to get help.
"He ran into the building and ran straight to the Deacon and said they just found the Virgin Mary," said Marr.
Marr contacted the local historical society to try and unearth some clues as to where the Virgin Mary statue would have come from. Even though it is in remarkable shape for having spent the last two decades underground, residents of Golden Pond are having the Virgin Mary statue refurbished before it goes on display in the newly constructed chapel.
IS it a miracle? Maybe not yet, but Virgin Mary miracles tend to take a little time to pan out. In September, a church in Florida began talking about how the Virgin Mary was performing miracles for parishoners. The first miracle came when Father John Mericantante prayed to a 16th Century icon of the Virgin Mary and asked for a new church. After his story aired on local news he received over $250,000 in donations. Then, one Sundayat the icon , an anonymous man in a Rolls Royce delivered a $700,000 check to the priest.
"That's the biggest check I have ever held in my life. And certainly that's the miracle," he said.
The Virgin Mary statue unearthed outside Golden Pond might turn out to be nothing more than a new decoration for a new chapel. But that won't stop residents from praying for, and believing in, the miraculous.
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