Quebec old folks’ home gets a divine message … from a spud
Catholics are a superstitious bunch, constantly on the look-out for miracles and wondrous signs.
So it’s no surprise that the “devout Catholic residents” at Le Mieux Vivre Residence in Grande-Rivière became ecstatic when Alain Lévesque, a cook working at the home, informed them last month that he’d found a “divine” potato with a cross at its centre.
According to CBC News the potato is being hailed as a “sign of a divine presence in the building”.
Said Émilien Morin, President of the residents’ committee at the home:
He saw it was a cross and he said, ‘It’s a sign’. He couldn’t believe it.
The home is now working on a plan to preserve the potato.
Jeannette Moreau, a residents’ committee member, is currently housing the potato in her apartment as it dries.
Morin says the potato-drying process could take up to a month, adding that the spud has started to darken but the sign of the cross at its centre is still highly visible.
He doesn’t want people to visit the vegetable until it’s fully dried and ready to be displayed in a custom-made display case.
Morin added that the potato will be on display in the dining room where all residents can enjoy being near it, and that it will make them “feel safe”.
According to the Hamilton Spectator, Morin conceded that it’s not uncommon to find holes and shapes in the middle of spuds but he believes the cross is unusual.
I’m 80 years old, and it’s the first time I’ve seen anything like this.
He says the residents are hoping the potato is the bearer of a divine message, although Morin isn’t sure what that message might be.
Who knows? Maybe it will bring nothing. It’s only a potato.