Viv, at ZEN AND THE ART OF TIGHTROPE WALKING, has, personally, taken a photograph of Jesus Christ.

I kid you not.

And she claims that it "beats all the Jesus in a tortilla pics you have ever seen." A claim I cannot dispute.

So pop over to her blog and be amazed.

This is not a joke.


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  1. I am personally still reeling from this.
    For anyone who has doubts, I am sure MP will set them straight that I am the least likely to try anf fake soemthing like this, based mostly on the fact that I woulnd’t know where to start. I don’t even have photoshop, or any other software. And this is beyond that.
    It won’t let me post under my wordpress account, so this is not really anon.

  2. I can confirm that Viv is most definitely not the sort of person to fake anything like this. But I must also confirm that she attracts weirdness like you know what attracts flies.

  3. I know that the human mind seeks to make order out of chaos, hence all the images of faces that are seen in burnt toast and marshmallows and on Mars and the like …. but …. WHAT we think we see is less important than the inner light that is fanned into a flame by such an event as this.

    The whole essence of an Icon is that it is a window into heaven, a portal through which the holy becomes visible. In that act of worship in the Abbey church something touched the soul, and maybe this photo will provide Viv with a tangible reminder of that moment. Therein lies its true worth, rather than any debate about what the mixture of incense and light reveal.

    Though it is quite spooky that the word verification for this comment is “reality” plus an extra “l”.

  4. Ellie, thank you, whichever way it was meant.
    Jonathan, you make me laugh.
    Saintly ramblings, what something is made of is not the same as what it IS, as you suggest. The Mona Lisa is made of pigment on canvas but its Gestalt is much much bigger than that. A human being is made of so much meat, bone, skin etc, but is a great deal more than the sum of those parts. The image is made of light and smoke particles, but that is not what it IS.
    I am still gobsmacked.

  5. It really is a great photo, but look at the shape of the top of that window in the back where all the sunlight is streaming in…

    Our brains are very, VERY good at seeing patterns – esp. of things that are important to us as humans (like other humans, their faces, etc…). So good, in fact, that we often perceive patterns where none exist. e.g. that famous “face on Mars” photo that you see from time to time.

    None of this is meant to take away from the inspiring or aesthetic qualities of this lovely photograph, of course.

  6. But it has, David, you big spoil sport!

    Remember the OCICBW… ruling on this. Respect due to all “miraculous” images unless there’s money involved. If Viv cashes in on this you may all diss her relentlessly. But if she doesn’t then this is, as SR points out, iconographic and completely divorced from needing any explanation.

    This is an arbitrary ruling so don’t anybody bother arguing with it.

  7. I’m not big into “holy images,” but I don’t deny a possibility when I see one, and . . . there it is. I have seen an icon – in Tifton, Georgia, of all places – that gave off a fragrance of roses for years, and smelled the fragrance personally with no evidence of any sort of oil or perfume having been applied. On the other hand, I did not see the Virgin Mary dancing in the sky at the Fowler Farm at Conyers, as others did.

    A miracle, however, definitely occurrred in this case – in Viv. Whether there is an image in the incense – and it could be; Mont St. Michel is a quality spiritual establishment – the narrative attached to it definitively shows an indelible image placed in Viv’s soul.

  8. The image has to be made from something: that isn’t what it IS. I am made of meat: doesn’t make me a hamburger.
    And when it comes down to us, whwo made us with the ability to see patterns?
    The shape of the window only partially matches the shape of the image.
    As an extra, the reading was Proverbs 8, 21-31, I think. Go look it up.

  9. As I said, Viv, the miracle was in you. I didn’t mean to sound belittling or demeaning.

    There’s also a couple of psalms, particularly 139, which mention being known “from the womb.”

  10. Ah!

    Proverbs it is! 8:24-26:

    When there were no oceans, I was given birth, when there were no springs abounding with water; before the mountains were settled in place, before the hills, I was given birth, before he made the earth or its fields or any of the dust of the world.

  11. Jer 1:5

    Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

    Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

  12. This thread has got a bit religious, hasn’t it? You do all realise this is the OCICBW… blog?

    I’m going to have to post some more pictures of cute animals, or repost Dah-veed’s bum, before revival goes and breaks out. I couldn’t cope with such excitement on a friday afternoon.

  13. I checked the missal reading for the day just to be certain it wasn’t Jeremiah. I didn’t think I could cope with that. Being a prophet. I was relieved it was from Proverbs.
    The trouble with another language is the potential for getting it wrong in both. I have a copy of the Bible in French, which I used to read and now can’t find. My French does fine for ordinary things but this was harder.
    I know you weren’t belittling me, Mark. Leave that to MP. he’s good at it.

  14. What?!

    I seem to recall calling you eerily lovely.

    Now, that must be a compliment in any eerily lovely person’s book.

  15. I meant usually. This was a special occasion that I will cherish for a long time.