New Mexico: A 7-foot tall bronze statue of the Virgin Mary inside a Catholic church in New Mexico appeared to be weeping, the Church leaders claimed. According to an investigator with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, the sculpture locally known as ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’, is not crying human tears. Besides, the tears have the same chemical composition of an olive oil treated with perfume. This is a sacred oil which is used to anoint the parishioners in the Catholic Church.
“It started on Pentecost Sunday on May 20, when parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs noticed that there appeared to be tears streaming from the Virgin Mary’s eyes”, Judy Ronquillo, the business manager for the church, told The Washington Post. Church also released photos and a video that shows the statue with a liquid inside the eyes and down the cheeks, mouth and chin.
The churches said that the rare occurrence of the crying of Mother Mary has attracted people from all over the world to the Church, for conversions, confessions and to watch the statue cry. According to one expert, the question is not merely about how the statue is crying, but that how people are responding to the phenomenon and why they may want to believe in it.
“The Catholic church has a long history of believing in supernatural signs. There’s a kind of curiosity and enthusiasm when something like this happens because it seems to confirm the traditional belief that God works in our own world and sometimes the supernatural is visible in our world,” John Thavis told NDTV in a phone interview.
Deacon Jim Winder, vice chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, said there was enough liquid – about 500 milliliters – that it had run down the statue. He said that he and other investigators examined the statue and the surrounding area, including the ceiling, and there were no signs it had been altered in any way.
“The investigators collected about a teaspoon of the tears and had them tested. The results showed it had the same chemical fingerprint of olive oil treated with some kind of scent, like chrism, but it was clear – not the brownish color that is associated with most olive oil”, Winder further told Washington post.