Another “Weeping” Virgin Mary

A few hours away over in Reading, Ohio, many are claiming that a weeping Virgin Mary statue is housed at a small local religious library.  It is claimed that both believers and non believers have witnessed this statue crying. 

Many are claiming this to be a religious miracle.  This isn’t surprising being that almost every one of the thousands of “weeping” statues has been called a miracle. 

A Still from Video taken by local News

A Still from Video taken by local News

Here are a few quotes that the locals are saying about the crying statue.

‘Well I have faith that it is. We can’t always be sure, but I prayed to her and I feel better about it and I’m glad I came.’

‘Out of curiosity I went over and looked and it’s unbelievable. It’s forming. The tear is there. It does not look like it’s water or anything. It’s real weird, very weird.’

‘I believe it’s true. They were there. I saw them. I would imagine it’s a miracle.’

“You hear about it in other countries and then it’s here in Reading of all places. It is a miracle. I think something will come of it, hopefully, something good.”

Some are saying that the owners of the shop wanted to keep this spectacle a secret, fearing that the statue would stop crying if too many people found out.  Yet many locals consider this a sign from the Heavens and feel it should be shared with the community. 

There are many speculations as to why this statue has started to tear up; some are saying it happened when the rosary of Rev. James Willig, who has been dead for almost a decade, was placed into the statues hands.  Others are saying it started when a visionary, a person with unusual powers of foresight, came to the library for a visit last week.  I say it started when the owners or someone made of human flesh started to tamper with the statue; however I can’t be certain, I have not examined the statue myself.  Believe it or not, there are some clever ways one can make a statue “cry.”

In a book titled “The Unexplained” Doctor Karl P.N. Shuker, mentions a paper by Dr. Luigi Garlaschelli on how to make a statue weep.

“What is needed is a hollow statue made of a porous material such as plaster or ceramic.  The icon must be glazed or painted with some sort of impermeable coating.  If the statue is then filled up with a liquid (surreptitiously, through a tiny hole in the head, for example), the porous material will absorb it, but the glazing will stop it from flowing out.  If the glazing, however, is imperceptibly scratched away on or around the eyes, tear-like drops will leak out, as if materialising from thin air.  If the cavity behind the eyes is small enough, once all the liquid has dripped out there are virtually no traces left in the icon.  When I put it to the test, this trick proved to be very satisfactory, baffling all onlookers.”

So before one jumps to miracle status, perhaps this statue should be examined scientifically and skeptically.  The reason why this should be done is because, every weeping statue that has gone under examination has been found to either be a natural explanation such as dew or it has been tampered with by human hands, in other words hoaxed.  Statues do not cry.  But the 2 big red flags in this case are, outside cameras are not allowed inside, although people have been snapping pictures with their cell phones and that the statue of Jesus that is housed in a different part of the building has also started to cry.

Hopefully, Jason Korbus and I can set up an appointment to have a look at this miraculous weeping statue.  Thanks for reading Pork Rhine.

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About Bobby the Paranormal Skeptic
Bobby Nelson is a skeptic, writer, and co-host of Strange Frequencies Radio. His personal blog can be found online at www.porkrhine.com At one time, Bobby was what could be called a "true believer" in paranormal phenomenon. Having been an active investigator of the paranormal for 12 years with several different Toledo based teams, he has examined countless claims of activity. But years worth of research and investigation proved to him that the evidence for these claims are generally lacking and, furthermore, the vast majority of so-called scientific paranormal investigators were using improper methodologies which caused them to draw both false and misleading conclusions.

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