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?
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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