Man Unwittingly Buys House With Virgin Mary Tree in Yard

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Getting used to living in a new home can be a bit of a challenge, and quite often there are things you discover about the place that you didn't notice before you signed the closing papers. Sometimes it's a leaky faucet or a creak in the stairs, but one guy in Texas got a whole lot more than he bargained for. Because one day, he found a ton of people standing around a tree in his front yard. Creepy, huh?

He noticed that the people were leaving candles and flowers around the tree and assumed that there had been some sort of accident there or something like that, which seems like a logical explanation. But as it turns out, crowds have been flocking there for a much more interesting reason. They believe that they can see the image of the Virgin Mary imprinted in the tree.

Seeing the Virgin Mary is a very sacred and serious thing to those who believe it's possible. Remember the guy who swore he saw her in his grilled cheese sandwich a while back? I think it may have even been put up for sale on eBay. Good thing nobody had any interest in eating it.

All religious aspects aside, I'm just not sure that I'd be too keen on having a bunch of visitors hanging out in my front yard every day. I mean, that would totally eliminate the possibility of running out there in my bathrobe to get the mail and hoping that no one sees me. (Not that I ever actually do that.)

The dude with the tree in Texas, however, is a really laid-back guy and doesn't seem to mind one bit. He actually embraces the fact that people are flocking to his tree, and thinks it's important to let them come and reinforce their faith.

At first glance, the imprint in that tree looks like -- well, an imprint in a tree. But when studying it with the Virgin Mary in mind, I can totally see her standing there. The resemblance really is kind of uncanny!

All the trees in my yard definitely pale in comparison to this one. I've really just got your average, everyday typical suburban yard. But I guess I'll have to take a closer look at my trees if I ever catch a crowd of people out there. You never know what might be hiding in the bark.

Would you let visitors continue to leave offerings if this tree were in your yard?


Image via Guitarfool5931/Flickr

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sarah... sarahlaine1123

Just looks like tree bark to me.

orang... orangetree

Is she swinging from the branches? OH MY GOD I'M GOING TO HELL!!

suziejax suziejax

no way ,,,

nonmember avatar Kaleb

Absolutely. If they were respectful. Absolutely,

memek... memekisses

No and id build a fence.

Jenny... JennyG0929

Seems like something the sellers should have disclosed. No way would I want a bunch of people hanging out in my yard.

teddy... teddysmama09

ok, wait one doggone second....people do realise therre are no actual picures of Mary right??? The bible gives no description of her physical appearence so what these people are flocking to is a shape in a tree that slightly resembles an artists interpretation of what Mary may have (but probably didn"t) look like.

nursemc nursemc

You better believe I would let them come. For $20 a pop.

ArmyW... ArmyWife8297

Umm no I would build a tree house and have fun. It's a tree.. I don't believe in things like that, things happen for a reason in life. But power to those who need a little more support behind them

nonmember avatar Stephanie.r.e

I would feel rude but I would not like that. And actually for the reason you mentioned. The very first thing I do every morning is open all the blinds in my home so it would be uncomfortable for me to have all these people in my years all the time. I wouldn't be able to run outside looking like I just got up for whatever reason with all those people there. I think he is very sweet for doing so but I would try to donate the tree to the local park or something. And as far as believing in that kind of thing, I am no where near religious so it wouldn't be anything special for me.

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