‘Virgin Mary’ image on Malaysian hospital window

‘Virgin Mary’ draws hundreds of Malaysian Catholics.

Hundreds of Catholics have gathered in prayer and worship outside a Malaysian hospital after seeing an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary on one of the windows.

Pictures of the image have gone viral among local Christians on Facebook and large crowds have gathered at the Sime Darby Medical Centre just outside Kuala Lumpur.

Those assembled Sunday maintained they can now also see an image of an adult Jesus Christ just two windows away from His mother.

Nearly 100 Catholics were still at the hospital Sunday, lighting candles, singing hymns and saying prayers. Several tourist buses added to the congestion.

The image has been shared all over Facebook, drawing more people to the site.

Many eyewitnesses, some of whom had been visiting the centre for several days, said the image had “grown clearer” since Saturday.

Malacca-Johor Diocesan Pastoral Institute director Rev Deacon Dr Sherman Kuek said if the immediate result actually excited deeper faith among the Catholics, it was a good thing.

Credit: AFP

So, no one from the church is saying this is a BAD thing that people are interpreting the random image as the Virgin. It strengthens people’s faith. Yet, the church seems hesitant to declare it a miracle. As they should be. When I first saw it, I saw a model walking down a runway. So much for the Madonna. This type of pareidolia is contextual. The strong Catholic minority here are interpreting the vision in terms of what they want to see – hope, a sign, a message. It’s nothing more.

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  5 comments for “‘Virgin Mary’ image on Malaysian hospital window

  1. Jadawin
    November 12, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Why is it that any instance of pareidolia that looks vaguely female is ALWAYS the Virgin Mary. This one looks more like Tess of the D’urbervilles to me.

  2. November 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    The BVM seems to be showing her crotch rather prominently in this case.

    • Rich
      November 13, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      I’m glad you pointed that out already. I really didn’t know how to phrase it.

    • November 13, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      And did Mary have a bladder control issue? I don’t remember that part.

  3. Phil
    November 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    It’s clearly Madonna. Singing Madonna.

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