Catholic Church to examine weeping Virgin Mary in Hobbs
May 23, 2018 06:59 PM
HOBBS, N.M. — During Sunday mass, parishioners at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church said a miracle took place. A statue of the Virgin Mary facing the crowd is said to have started crying.
"On the day it happened, I sat down with my husband. I looked at the Virgin [Mary], and I asked him if the Virgin [Mary] had tears. And he told me no, I said the eyes of the Virgin weren't like that," said Laura Cisneros, the secretary at the church.
Cisneros said her husband dismissed it and said it must've been the glare from the light. After mass, they went up to the statue and said a puddle of an oil-like substance had formed on the floor below the statue. Another person wiped off the tears and Cisneros said more tears appeared.
The substance had a distinctive smell.
"And when you smell it, it gives a scent of flowers, like it's an essence that’s so sweet and smells really good. And it reminds us of our Virgin (Mary)," Cisneros said.
Some who heard of the miracle paid a visit but still haven't decided what to believe. Deacon Jim Winder, the vice chancellor of the Diocese of Las Cruces, said when phenomenon occur, they are not taken at face value by the Catholic Church.
"We try to take a scientific skepticism," he said. "You can't prove a miracle, but you can disprove all other explanations."
Winder said a team from the Diocese will take a closer look into the statue. On Thursday, the church will be closed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the investigation is taking place.
There are three levels into the investigation. The first one is to collect samples of the substance and have them analyzed in a lab to identify what the substance is and if there is any DNA on it.
"The team has to take samples themselves, they can’t rely on samples taken by somebody else that could’ve been corrupted in some manner," Winder said.
The next step is researching the origin of the statue. Where the statue was made could help figure out the exact materials used. Another possibility, Winder said, is maybe using an x-ray to find out if there are any tubes inside the statue that could've released the substance.
The final part of the investigation are the witnesses. Winder said sometimes there are only a few witnesses. In this case, there could be dozens to hundreds. He adds that all witnesses will be interviewed and their experiences will be documented.
Winder wants to clarify this investigation is not in any way hinting the church is lying. He said this is what has to be done. He said it’s a slow process that could take years to reach a possible conclusion and making sure they investigate it carefully is the best way to protect everyone.
Created: May 23, 2018 06:59 PM
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