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‘Weeping’ Mary Statue At Wairiki Catholic Parish, Taveuni

“Tears” flowing down Mary’s cheeks is a significant symbol of blessings for Catholics.
10 Apr 2019 11:39
‘Weeping’ Mary Statue At Wairiki Catholic Parish, Taveuni
The weeping Mary statue at Wairiki, Taveuni.

They are calling it the Taveuni miracle in Wairiki Catholic Parish in Taveuni – a ‘weeping’ statue of the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

People from different faiths including Methodists and Hindus and the business community had flocked to Wairiki, said to be the largest parish in Fiji with 7000 members.

“Tears” flowing down Mary’s cheeks is a significant symbol of blessings for Catholics. It has been stored in bottles and the cloth used to wipe the tears have been kept to bless people.

The travelling statue came from the Vatican, Catholic sources claim, and it has been in Wairiki for three months since it arrived in the country. It left Wairiki on Sunday in a boat for an unknown destination.

When Mary was carried to the boat “she was crying again and the statue suddenly became heavy” said one witness.
It is understood that the tears phenomenon is being investigated by the church to establish its authenticity.
Reports of a weeping Virgin Mary statue are not uncommon.

In July last year, in New Mexico, a similar incident was reported there.
The liquid on the statue was olive oil and balsam – the same mixture found in Taveuni . It is used for certain Catholic rituals after being blessed by a bishop.
Claims about supernatural phenomena, including weeping statues, have historically been common in Catholicism. A well-known example is the Madonna of Syracuse, Sicily, a plaster statue that has shed tears since 1953. Last year, in fact, weeping statues were reported in Hungary, Argentina and Macedonia, just to name a few.

To understand why a weeping statue would be religiously meaningful, it’s first important to appreciate the connection between miracles and the Virgin Mary.
Catholics believe Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ and, therefore, the mother of God.

Throughout Catholic history, supernatural events have been attributed to Mary’s power. When France’s Chartres Cathedral burned, only Mary’s relic – called “The Veil of the Virgin”– survived after being safeguarded by three priests who were miraculously preserved from the heat and flames.

Mary’s tears have special significance for Catholics: She cries not only over the sins of the world, but also over the pain she endured in her earthly life, referred to as “the seven sorrows of Mary.”

It’s not surprising for a weeping statue of Mary to become an object of prayer and devotion.
And when this happens, the local bishop sometimes steps in to investigate as it has now happened in Taveuni to see if there is a possibility of trickery.

Watch the video below taken by Tama Senibua at Wairiki, Taveuni on Sunday April, 7, 2019.

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