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Has a little mystery been solved?

For years aficionados of mysticism have debated, or at least wondered about, the significance of reputedly weeping statues.

When it seems legitimate that a statue is miraculously lachrymating (as has occurred so many times in recent decades), are the tears simply the sign of a general sadness in Heaven for the sins in the world?

And what about oil -- when an oily substance flows from a statue. That too has been widely reported. Why oil? Does it have anything to do with the healing properties of balm?

And what about statues that seemed to exude a combination: oily tears?

The most startling statue emanation has been red liquid that resembles blood -- and in a few cases has tested as exactly that (in the rare instances when formal examinations occur). Such occurred in Italy with a statue brought back from Medjugorje -- a miracle approved by the local bishop under the direct guidance of the Vatican.


In certain ways, it seems grotesque -- and in some instance has looked so unsightly that it may be wondered if the evil one was involved. This has seemed to occur from Korea to (once more) Italy.

What about other instances? What about when a statue exudes a red substance that doesn't evoke any form of revulsion but remains mysterious?

The guess has been that such a symbol may represent war, crime, or abortion -- and perhaps all three: sins that cause actual human harm. If a statue in Louisiana is an indication, the mystery may be solved.

In the town of New Iberia, Louisiana, a "Rosa Mystica" statue fashioned after a controversial apparition in Italy exuded a spot of red [left] that resembles an unborn child.

This would seem to validate the notion that red substances on statues relates more than anything to the ongoing slaughter of the unborn.

While the apparition upon which the statue is based, in a town called Montichiari, was rejected by the Church (and quite pointedly, with a proclamation from the bishop posted in the front vestibule), the Church has allowed a devotion based on a statue derived from the apparition to continue, and hundreds around the world have claimed that the statues inspired by that vision weep. Miracles in association with the Rosa Mystica have been recorded in Belgium, Ireland, Egypt, Colombia, Italy, the U.S., and elsewhere.

In Louisiana, the case involves a former high school teacher named Lisa Bellingham who has had three such statues and reports exudations with all of them.

It started, she tells us, when she requested a Rosa Mystica in 2004 from a ministry in Germany after her young son was indicating a call to the priesthood.

The German apostolate sent her not one but eventually three  statues -- two of them 24 inches in height and a third closer to three feet.

The statues, asserts Mrs. Bellingham, have wept on many occasions, especially when faithful are praying in front of them. In one case, she says, the statue exuded while they were imploring God's help and the intercession of Mary for a friend who was diagnosed as having two cancerous lung tumors.

"She was told she needed to have surgery," says Lisa. "She opted to have it here in New Iberia and during surgery I brought Rosa Mystica into the family room and it wept during the entire surgery.

"Once surgery was over, the doctor came to the room and said that he could not call himself a particularly religious man but that the surgery went very well and that when he went in there were no tumors."

The third statue has become a pilgrim statue that Mrs. Bellingham has even taken to a local high school, where it allegedly wept in front of a graduating class.

There were other "miracles." At one point, the robe on one of the statues turned a bluish color. But most astonishing was the event of January 1, 2005, when the speck of red appeared on the first statue.

While most photos don't do it justice -- especially ones that have to be sized for the internet -- large blow-ups with adjusted contrast show what certainly seems like the silhouette of an unborn child.

So striking is the impression (in those blow-ups, which unfortunately we can not present) that a priest she consulted asked to photograph it (although he took the Church's cautious, somewhat aloof stance toward it), Lisa's spiritual director hung it on his wall,  and it was used in a pro-life parade right behind Bishop Michael Jarrell.

"I immediately knew it meant pro-life -- that even though it was around Christmas it didn't mean the Infant Jesus, but was a pro-life message," says Lisa.

It was the one and only time that the exudation was red.

Moreover, there may be a message in the fact that -- for those to whom it represents an unborn child -- the portrayal is a fetus in one of the earliest stages of pregnancy.

Has a mystery finally been solved?

Around the world, when statues weep not just "tears," not just oil, but blood, have we finally been shown that it is indeed the Blessed Mother weeping over the tragedy (and holocaust) of abortion?

[resources: The Final Hour]

[Lisa can be reached by e-mailing her here]

[see also: 'Changing statues': illusion or grace?]

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