From God or an evil spirit: Church investigates weeping statue of Virgin Mary

Jul 18, 2018
07:42 A.M.

Church officials have been investigating a weeping Virgin Mary sculpture in Hobbs. A debate sparked whether it is a work of God or by an evil spirit.


The Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces made efforts to figure out why the statue appeared to be weeping since May 2018. They conducted investigations to look for answers.

Bishop Oscar Cantú of the diocese shared that a sample of the fluid from the statue was sent to a lab for chemical analysis.

It was, later on, determined that the fluid was scented olive oil. Afterward, more questions were raised.


Follow us on Twitter at AmoMama USA for more updates about this story.

"Some of the witnesses claimed it smelled of roses, so something similar to the oil I bless and consecrate each year that we use for baptism, for confirmations and for ordination of the priests," Cantú told Las Cruces Sun News.

He also expressed that more investigation is still on the process and the church has not concluded that the strange occurrence is a church miracle.

Cantú revealed that they had to figure out if it was a natural occurrence or not.


Aside from sending a sample of the fluid for thorough analysis, they also examined the sculpture, which is called the Virgin of Guadalupe or Our Lady of Guadalupe and sits in the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs.

The church also talked to the maker of the sculpture based in Mexico and asked if there was a possibility that fluid could have remained inside the hollow bronze sculpture after it was done being manufactured.

Cantú explained that there was no possibility since the wax that was used in casting the bronze should have melted since the temperature is extremely hot during the making process.

Word got around fast and many visitors have flocked towards the church. At present, the statue has attracted attention worldwide.


Cantú was asked if they considered that the occurrence could be a stunt pulled by a person or a group of people.

He responded, "But even if it were (a hoax), we are not sure how it would be done, physically.”

The diocese will have to end up with a conclusion at some point, and if they ever decide that the occurrence is a supernatural phenomenon, then they must also choose whether the origin of the tears is from God or an evil spirit, as explained by Cantú.

Cantú expressed that he may have to come up with the final say, but clarified that he would most likely defer to someone with a higher authority like Pope Francis.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Woman Follows Little Girl Who Begs Strangers to Buy Her Last Pair of Boots near the Church — Story of the Day

January 31, 2022

Twins Send Dad to Nursing Home, Learn He Left Inheritance to Janitor Who Is Their Carbon Copy – Story of the Day

February 13, 2022

Pastor Finds Poor Baby on Church Doorstep While No One Is Around — Story of the Day

March 04, 2022

Old Man Is Banned from Granddaughter’s Wedding after His Kids Finds Out He Works as a Janitor – Story of the Day

April 06, 2022

Groom Arrives in Church and Watches as His Bride Marries Another Man – Story of the Day

May 12, 2022

20 Years after Newborn Daughter’s Death, Man Hears, ‘Dad, I Finally Found You’ – Story of the Day

March 05, 2022

Pastor Notices Boy Who Is a Carbon Copy of Him at a Church Service and Follows Him — Story of the Day

February 25, 2022

Man Gives Teen Boy a Family Heirloom with Lincoln’s Portrait That Helps Him Find Treasure – Story of the Day

February 21, 2022

After Abandoning Her Daughter 24 Years Ago, Mother Shows up at Her Wedding – Story of the Day

March 04, 2022

Notary Learns Homeless Man's Name and Says He's Been Looking for Him for 10 Years – Story of the Day

February 08, 2022

Girl Thinks the Church Is Nothing but a Fraud until She Meets the Local Pastor – Story of the Day

March 14, 2022

Mom Loses Daughter in a Crash, Finds Note from Her: 'I Know God's Going to Do Incredible Things'

March 24, 2022

Mark Wahlberg Wants to Devote More Time to Parenting in Private & Asks Record $87.5M for His LA Mansion

May 08, 2022

Widowed Mom Learns Her Son Escapes Home Every Night, He Returns One Day with Bag Full of Cash – Story of the Day

April 11, 2022