Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies. Photo by John Buckingham
Last week, media outlets worldwide were abuzz with news about a statue of the Virgin Mary at a diocese in New Mexico that appeared to had been “weeping” for more than a month, an event attracting thousands of visitors.
In an article for The Conversation, Mathew Schmalz, associate professor of religious studies at Holy Cross, explains the religious meaning behind weeping statues, as well as the processes and guidelines by which local bishops investigate these types of supernatural occurrences.
Schmalz writes that, while understanding the supernatural phenomenon taking place is important, we should place more weight on listening and appreciating the powerful stories of the people praying to these statues. “The sense of togetherness in and through suffering was far more important than talk of miracles,” said Schmalz.
To read the full article, go to The Conversation. The piece has also been republished by Live Science and Religion News Service.
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