Osvaldo Luna thought that perhaps, just perhaps, if someone prayed in front of the statue with a real need for help, that it might weep or better yet, a miracle would happen.
Kneeling down in front of the Our Lady of Guadalupe effigy, LVPA investigator Lisa Raco, silently cited the ‘Hail Mary’ prayer.
Raco has a lot to pray about lately.
“I prayed for my friend’s son. He hasn’t had any grand mal seizures lately but may need surgery to replace a shunt in his brain from when he was a child. I prayed for my Dad who had just lost his wife of 50 years (my mother), for my boyfriend, and for myself” offered Raco.
Although no tears were witnessed during her orison, one can never be too sure when a miracle is currently in the works.
Just one month later Raco gave an update on the status of her prayers.
“All things are pending yet. No further bad has happened thus far. Hopefully the surgery will go well or maybe my friend’s son will only need a minor procedure instead. Hopefully my dad will find some peace now and enjoy his life and family. Hopefully my boyfriend’s health will improve after a minor procedure for his colitis and I’ll stay healthy with my double transplant of 15 years on Sept. 9, 2012.”
With the investigation quickly coming to a close, Luis Perez offered to open the glass encasement so the team could get an unhindered and upclose look.
Seeing only a statue in need of some dusting, the team decided not to have it removed from its case since there had been no reports of weeping for as long as the Perez family has had it. Also, not being able to pull out pocket-sized Cat Scan and X-ray machines, there was really nothing more they could do short of breaking the statue, which is definitely a faux pas in the paranormal community.
The LVPA investigators picked up their equipment, graciously bid their farewells and headed towards the gate that led out to the street. But before exiting, they were invited back on Dec. 12, 2012 when the family will do their yearly dance to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. They would also get an opportunity to meet Pablo Covarrubias, the statue’s original owner, who would be back in town for the celebration.
Los Matachines de Juarez, which according to Belle Serrano stands for the Dance of the Apache, is a thunderous and moving experience for anyone watching. Their flashy Native American dress combined with loud booming drums and a mesmerizing colorful dance is an incredible sight and a worthy homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. See video.
Additionally, when the investigators had first entered the home earlier, the family charmingly displayed many of the dance outfits they wear, impressively handmade by Ofelia Perez herself, as well as some of the instruments that they use in the dance. See slide show.
“We dance out of respect for Mary. We dance out of happiness. We dance in celebration. And we dance so that Mary won’t feel so lonely” stated Juan Serrano in an article you can find here.
The statue itself is in great hands. The Perez family, like the Covarrubias family, do not charge or accept donations from people to come see and pray to the Virgin Mary likeness.
“People leave flowers, pictures and sometimes small change to help pay for the candles, but we do not charge money or accept donations from anyone” stated Luis Perez.
During the post investigation data review and analysis, nothing unusual appeared on the camcorders or cameras. The only thing noted from the voice recorder was a strange sound that occurred during the time the Trifield meter had spiked. Since it was too difficult to make out nor could the source be determined, it was justifiably discarded.
However, investigator Lisa Raco stated that she heard the wind chimes on the front porch ring once during the EVP session. She wasn’t quite sure which question it occurred on but perhaps it was the source of the unknown sound picked up by the recorder above. Further, there was no wind that day and it was the only time she heard it go off.
Clearly something caused the Trifield meter to spike during the EVP session but only doing one pre-EVP session baseline makes it difficult to tell if it was something normal for that area or not.
Whether the statue weeping and the miracles witnessed are real, imagined or purely coincidences, in the end it does not really matter. What truely matters is that people from all over have come to the Our Lady of Guadalupe statue and have had their own genuine personal experiences that have left positive imprints on their psyches, and in some cases, have forever changed their lives.