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Man spots Virgin Mary on tie-dye shirt

Dec. 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

SUNCOAST, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida man said he was shocked to discover an image of the Virgin Mary over the heart area of a homemade tie-dye T-shirt.

Tim Symonds of Suncoast said he regularly makes his own tie dye T-shirts and he was shocked recently to see an image on one of the shirts that appears to resemble the mother of Jesus, WWSB-TV, Sarasota, Fla., reported Wednesday.

"I have a basic idea of what the shirt's going to look like but I tell everyone God does the real art work because where the shirt folds and how the dye runs is up to him and it often makes different images," Symonds said.

"When I unfolded the shirt I noticed mother Mary was in the center of one the shirts by the heart," Symonds said.

Symonds said his mother, Debbie, also spotted Mary on the shirt.

Stephen McConnell, the senior pastor at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota, said it is not impossible for holy images to show up on everyday objects.

"I'm not one to judge. God shows up in many different ways and I think it's more important is what we do with it after we've had the experience" McConnell said.

Symonds said he does not yet know what he will do with his potentially holy T-shirt.

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