(Click here for update — posted July 16)
In Baton Rouge, LA, there is a small community of Vietnamese families who live within a few blocks of one another. They have great devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and they proudly display large statues of her in their front yards. It now appears that one of these statues may have been touched by Heaven.
As I was driving to Mass from my Carmelite meeting this afternoon, I happened to call my sister. The first thing she said was, “Where are you?” When I told her, she instructed me to make a turn and head toward a nearby street. As I drove, she read, over the phone, the spirit daily news story your will find beneath this post.
One of the statues belonging to a Vietnamese family has been reported to be shedding tears and bleeding. This began about two days ago. I am usually a skeptic about such matters, but knowing the history of devotion to Our Lady among these dear people in our city, I cannot believe that they would ever perpetrate such an offensive hoax.
The rain had been pouring all day, and was still drizzling as I parked my car among a dozen or so others on the street, and walked over to a gathering of about 20 people…most of them taking pictures.
What a sweet face this statue has…and little wooden clogs on her feet. The blood was clearly visible, and seemed to have dripped down the side of her face from a larger pool on the left side of the head of the statue. There appeared to be tears on her face, but since it was raining, I couldn’t be sure…although the statue was beneath a protective covering.
I stayed a few minutes, praying Hail Mary’s, and looking on in wonder. Was I witnessing a miracle?
Back in the car, my sister and I thought it more than a coincidence that I had called her while so close to the area, when I would have soon been quite far down the road in a different direction. My sister herself had discovered the story while reading spiritdaily.com on her iPad Friday as she grabbed some lunch, again… not far from where the statue is located. She too has seen it.
As I drove on to Mass, my sister read a more recent story which included the news that a priest has taken blood samples from the statue for analysis.
I arrived at church early to pray a rosary. Later at Mass, I experienced an especially deep peace. Coincidence?
If ever Our Lady had reason to cry, it is certainly in our times, as so many have alluded to lately on their blogs. The dear family who owns that statue is no doubt deeply devoted to Mary, as are the many families nearby with beautiful Marian shrines on their properties. Is it surprising that Mary would come to these beloved ones who so publicly manifest their love for her?
As for me, this brief experience has deeply impressed me with the need to pray more…especially the rosary. As I confided to my sister, I have felt Mary calling me to come closer over the past few months.
O Mary, I am sorry that you even had to call….that I have not always been your faithful daughter. I promise to do better. May your children join together to dry your tears!
(For those interested in visiting the statue, the family has invited everyone to come, and has released their address to the local media. You can find this beautiful statue of Our Lady at 1000 Broadmoor St., Baton Rouge, LA…..right off of Airline HIghway and Goodwood Blvd.)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 7, 2012 On a hot July afternoon Hoa Doan, a resident of Baton Rouge, noticed the statue of the Blessed Mother in her yard weeping tears from her eyes and bleeding from what appeared to be human blood from her head. Hoa Doan immediately called her friends and family to come and pray with her after she discovered her ordinary statue of the Blessed Mother turn into what appears to be a heavenly phenomenon. The women did in fact come and prayed throughout the entire night before the mysterious statue! Hoa Doan is encouraging the rest of the community to witness this heavenly phenomenon and to come and pray with Our Lady! This statue is called Our Lady of La Vang, often referred to as the Vietnam Saint. Beginning in the sixteen century the Vietnamese Catholics began to pray to Our Lady of La Vang because they were being persecuted. Is this a sign from heaven to the family who owns the statue or is it for the community of Baton Rouge or is it in fact a sign for the entire world?! One thing is for certain Our Lady is getting the attention of the community but what is Our Lady trying to tell us? We might be able to find the answer in scripture when Jesus performed his first miracle. Our Lady was the first one to prompt Jesus to change the water into wine but in the end she said, “Do whatever he tells you!” Our Lady is always pointing to her son and her son is always pouring out his love and mercy to his children. In the past when blood was exuding from a statue it was usually “a sign of the times” and of what may come! In any case it is an invitation to pray more and to pay attention to our own spiritual conversions! Editor, Tricia Parsons
(This story was covered by a local television station: http://www.wafb.com/story/18967671/witness-mother-mary-statue-bleeds-in-baton-rouge)