Have you seen this story making national news? I read somewhere that they were
testing the "blood" and it was not human. Can't find it again now to post here. And if
that's true why wouldn't the church deem it a mysterious miracle? Reminds me of
a great book "The Miracle Detective"--- written by an athiest reporter from Rolling
Stone. He was sent to a story in his native Oregon about an apparition of Mary in
a trailerpark. He had his skeptic hat on and went to do the story but actually went
with idea of being impartial since he knew he was an athiest- he wanted to make an
effort to be fair. It was dead middle of winter and roses were growing outside the
trailer. Miles and miles of people waiting to see the unexplainable. This led to a more
than year long quest to all the infamous and famous Marian apparitions. Needless to
say, he's now a Christian. He even viewed the "miracle list" at the Vatican. Amazing.
Mary is known to be the human "vessel" through which we can purify ourselves for
heaven. Many spiritualists I am friends with that meet with leaders of all faiths
acknowledge her importance to our surviving the Great Emergence. They say it is
not a good sign this sign. Tears were one thing and now blood? A sign of the decadent
decline of secular society perhaps. And also of the divisiveness of religion itself. In my
eyes, I have seen nothing that religion has done to Unite. It only creates wars, strife,
divisiveness and permeates the "Sneetches" mentality. (I have a star on my belly,
well I have 2, well I have none, well I have none etc.) Let alone the decay of the
leaders of the church, the pedophile priests, and worse- the leaders who turned the other
way and kept them employed just shuffling them around from church to church. And
the Rev. Falwells of the world who like finger pointing more than spreading love. So
many in the churches who spread love of Christ, through serving homeless, caring for
the sick and more don't get me wrong. But this was a rough year once again for religion
and secular worlds. This may be a sign that unfortunately does not affect those that
need to hear and see it most. Hopefully the world looks within not without for the answers.
We can all do more. The world needs more Mother Teresas. More Rosa Parks.
More Angelina Jolies. Doing something. Anything to make the world better place.
(CBS) Outside Sacramento, at the small Vietnamese Catholic Martyrs church, a statue of the Virgin Mary appears to be crying, reports The Early Show national correspondent Hattie Kauffman. "Just the fact that it's coming from the eyes, and it's a red color like blood, I would say that there's a miracle either way," said Dave Leatherby, who visited the statue. "Even if there's a natural explanation, it's a sign." It is a sign that could mean something different to everyone who has traveled here to see it. "With Christmas coming up, they say Jesus is the reason as opposed to the commercialization," Lana Cosentino said. "So maybe this is happening for a reason. I just think she's crying for all the sins of the world and everything." Parishioners first noticed the tears almost two weeks ago. A priest was cleaning the statue and wiped away the stains only to see them reappear. "We came here Thanksgiving night," Vivian Valles said. "The blood was on her chest. We came back the next day and it had run all the way down her dress." Marlene Larkin traveled from Las Vegas, believing the Virgin Mary will help her battle breast cancer. "I pray to Mary a lot," she said. "I felt like I need to be here to see this." But father James Murphy of the Sacramento diocese shies away from calling this a miracle. "These kinds of phenomena are fairly common," he said. "But the number that turn out to be miraculous are very, very rare." However, it does bring more people to the church. "I think we need to respect people's experience through the eyes of faith," he said. "And God does use these things to bring us closer to him." Leatherby says: "I think many people have forgotten about God, and I think she's weeping about God's children who are lost and are searching, and looking for answers." Church officials say they will investigate if the phenomenon continues. But for believers, or those seeking guidance, healing or inspiration, there is no need for proof. ©MMV, CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved