Tuesday May 01, 2002 - Reported here. Some
believers and modern-day pilgrims see the Virgin Mary and child
in this pattern that appeared on a freshly painted wall in Indian
Brook, N.S. Shubenacadie,
N.S. No one is sure whether the image on the newly painted
wall of a small bungalow in Indian Brook, N.S., is the Virgin
Mary holding the Infant Jesus. But hundreds of Mi'kmaq people
are flocking to the reserve outside Truro to try to interpret
the image and to feel the peaceful sensation they say it provides
of the pilgrims, who come from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton,
look reverently and pray as they touch the image. They believe Mary is sending
a message to the faithful. No one, not even Tina Sack, who first spotted the eight-centimetre
image after her husband painted the bedroom wall last week, can say what that
message might be.
But the spiritual
discussions of the soothing image are a welcome relief from talk of continuing
fishing conflicts and suicide attempts that tend to dominate conversations on
East Coast reserves."It's bringing
a lot of people together. It's done a lot of good already," Ms. Sack said. She first noticed the shape last Wednesday
two days after her husband finished painting the wall a deep blue.
thought it might be a message for me about having faith and being strong,"
Ms. Sack said in an interview outside her house, which was filled with latter-day
pilgrims Monday."I brought my
mother and my aunt and my sister and they looked at it. Word got out and the next
morning the community started coming," she said.
Thursday morning, more than 700 people have crowded into the home, many of them
kneeling to pray, recite the rosary and leave behind flowers, candles and religious
literature."I don't know what
the message is. It's unexplainable and everyone who looks at it has their own
opinion on it," said Ms. Sack, who attends the Roman Catholic Church on the
it's a blessing from God. Our Lady Mary has a special love for native people,"
Mr. Prosper said in an interview in the crowded living room outside the temporary
shrine. "I feel full of peace there even with the crowd that is here." Al Knockwood, of the Indian Brook reserve,
said he felt a tingling after he looked at the image.
don't know what the message is. But with her coming back, it must be something
important," Mr. Knockwood said. "I looked at it and I went back and
looked again and it is there you can see the crown, you can see her holding