Visitors to Reading shop say Virgin Mary statue is crying

READING, Ohio - Some are calling it a miracle.

There is a statue of the Virgin Mary that appears to be cryingtears inside a Reading shop.

In the back of the small shop is a statue of Mother Mary. Itlooks like she is weeping and there are two teardrops on herface.

The statue of Mother Mary crying inside Our Lady Queen ofReading religious lending library is bringing tears to somevisitors' eyes.

"I believe it's true. They were there. I saw them. It's true. Iwould imagine it's a miracle," said one visitor from AmberleyVillage.

WCPO cameras were not allowed inside, but visitors snappedphotos of the Virgin Mary.

There are two tear drops on her face, one rests on her chin, theother on her cheek.

There is another statue of Jesus sitting at the top of thestairs with tears falling from its eyes.

"I heard about it on the radio and I didn't think much of it.Being here at work and we saw the lineup of people. Out ofcuriosity I went over and looked and its unbelievable. It'sforming. The tear is there. It does not look like it's water oranything. It's real weird, very weird," said Gayle Walker fromReading.

Most want to believe what they see.

"Well I have faith that it is. We can't always be sure, but Iprayed to her and I feel better about it and I'm glad I came," saidone visitor from Reading.

There are more visitors arriving every day as word spreads aboutthe crying statues.

Visitors who know the owner tells 9 News the owner wanted tokeep it a secret for fear the statues would stop crying.

Others say they believe the tears are a sign of hope.

They believe it should be shared with the community.

"You hear about it in other countries and then it's here inReading of all places. It is a miracle. I think something will comeof it, hopefully, something good," Walker said.

While at the shop, several stories about the tears were sharedwith 9 News.

Some say they started to form about a week ago when a visionaryvisited the library.

Someone else said they started after a rosary, which belonged toReverend James Willig, who died nearly 10 years ago, was placed inher hands.

Whatever is causing the tears, it's bringing smiles to manypeoples' faces.
 

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