Sunday, November 27, 2005

Virgin Mary Statue "Crying red tears" in Sacramento


SACRAMENTO (AP) — Carrying rosary beads and cameras, the faithful have been coming in a steady stream to a church on the outskirts of Sacramento for a glimpse of what some are calling a miracle: A statue of the Virgin Mary they say has begun crying a substance that looks like blood.

It was first noticed more than a week ago, when a priest at the Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs Church spotted a stain on the statue's face and wiped it away. Before Mass on Nov. 20, people again noticed a reddish substance near the eyes of the white concrete statue outside the small church, said Ky Truong, 56, a parishioner.

"I think that it's incredible. It's a miracle. Why is she doing it? Is it something bothering her?" asked Maria Vasquez, 35, who drove with her parents and three children from Stockton, about 50 miles south of Sacramento.

GOI: Hoax or miracle?

You decide.

However, perhaps, just perhaps something IS bothering the "Virgin Mary."

Many believe it is a good sign but just maybe it is a bad sign. Maybe it is a sign that "God" is unhappy with the Catholic church for it's stance on many issues such as discriminational judgements against homosexuals, priestly abuses and molestation charges.

Or maybe she is crying for the war in Iraq since the Catholic church has come out again and again against war.

I guess i'm just saying that there are always two sides to every coin. Why do people always assume that a crying statue is always a good thing? True people do cry when happy sometimes but do not most people cry in agony, pain or suffering?

Then again whatever motivates people to be better people then more power to them:

Nuns Anna Bui and Rosa Hoang, members of the Salesian Sisters of San Francisco, also made the trek Saturday. Whether the weeping statue is declared a miracle or not, they said, it is already doing good by awakening people to the faith and reminding them to pray.

"It's a call for us to change ourselves, to love one another," Hoang said.

Anyway, I thought that this development in Sacramento was interesting.

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16 comments:

Isabella di Pesto said...

I'm going with hoax. Plaster statues can't "cry." And they certainly don't contain blood.

Now if someone wants to say that it's a "miracle," then we enter into the realm of the supernatural. Anything's possible there, including flying pigs.

But I believe if someone were to keep a 24-hour watch on this statue, we'd see some interesting activities.

Hoax.

james said...

Isabella:

Yeah, hoax was my vote as well.

Lynne said...

I'd like to see a story on a crying war hero statue. You never see those. Think the Linoln Memorial statue ever cries?

james said...

Lynne:

Good point.

Anonymous said...

The Linoln Memorial statue can never cry because it doesnt represent a spiritual frigure.There is a reason why a statue of the virgin mary cries while a statue of a man sittin doesn't. The statue of the virgin represents the virgin (a christian figure) therefore it crying does stand for a symbol from God. There are many citings all over of the world where virgin statues cry an oily substance but this time its red and blood like, something rare to happen. We must all look beyond technology and our limited thinking. As Dante Alighieri suggests in his Divine Comedy that we as humans have limited thinking therefore we need a picture to place with God to be able to pray to it. when in truth god is light and he is abundant. There are some things that science can not explain and in our lifetime we usually fall back on science when such phenonmenas happen but in truth we must accept them as signs and display of the power to God to reach us, his children.

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james said...

Anon:

Being a Buddhist I do not really believe in a "God." I believe in living a good life regardless of bleeding statues or not.

I respect your beliefs and opinions but I do not believe you have the right to assume that everyone believes the way you do.

Anonymous said...

As someone who lives in Sacramento and has seen the statue I can say that I doesnt seem to look like blood. It is also interesting that the newspapers dont tell you, or show you pictures of the other spots on the statue that seem to be leaking the same fluid. For instance her hands have the same looking fluid on them, and in my opinion, it either looks like rust or some paint leaking. However, it would kick ass if a statue did cry blood.

Anonymous said...

I myself am a catholic. I find it very interesting that she would cry blood. Perhaps it is a symbol, renewing the new covenent of Christ. Maybe it is out of pity for what our world has become. The killing, the neglect, the sin. No one will know in their earthly lives unless God sends us another sign. I really believe this is true. I pity those who don't believe, for they shall not see the eyes of the lord

"James" said...

Anon: I personally feel that there are many paths to the truth but each person must follow the path they believe is the best for them.

james said...

Anon: Sorry, the buddhist blogger is me...I forgot that I was not signed in as james.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...it is sketical plaster statues have a 'plastic' coating in which some 'water' is natrually kept in the stateu is let out if the plastic coating is scratched or etched away frum around the eyes

i go with both maybe hoax and miracle

Anonymous said...

Oh and by the way im am a vietnamese catholic matyr

Anonymous said...

Oh what is a matyr?

Anonymous said...

isnt it possible that someone involved in the church could be manufacturing a hoax in order to bring thousands of people from around the world to witness this "miracle" and give a lot of money to the church and also bring a lot of fame to the church and town.. It's not like it's out of the realm of possibility that a priest or whoever could be involved in this shady activity... If a priest can abuse kids, then he could make up a hoax, because the child abuse is like a thousand times worse...

James said...

Anonymous:

I'm with you that I think it's a hoax.