May 11, 2004
- Reported in Spirit
Daily.com online newspaper. From the Houston chronicle.com.
Weeping cardboard Christ draws Texas pilgrims. Robstown -- Religious
pilgrims have come to this Coastal Bend town by the hundreds to
glimpse an image of Jesus they say began weeping inside a wood-framed
house following a grandmother's prayers for a baby in a Houston
were told that the tears were in response to prayers from a young
grandmother for her critically disfigured grandson. The Catholic
Church has not yet investigated the claims. In a small living room
where Gloria Fino, 34, clutched a Bible to her heart, the cardboard
print of Christ was displayed.
Fino a Catholic
dabbed cotton balls against two streams of oily substance that trickled
from the outside corners of the image's eyes. She gave them to visitors
one after another. "I got to wipe the tears," Jamie Gonzalez,
30, said as she steadied herself on the porch with the walker she
needed to enter the home. "It's just faith."
As the droplets
continued to form visitors took photos in hopes of capturing the
mysterious fluid. Fino took the print off the wall, turning it around
to show the back. She said the droplets began to flow late Friday
night. She had been praying for her 3-month-old grandson, Isaac
Tijerina, who was born with his internal organs outside his body.
in Texas Children's Hospital in Houston and Fino said doctors' reports
have not been encouraging. "I'd
been praying to Jesus to send him home, "Fino told the Corpus
Christi Caller Times in today's editions. "He had a tumor the
size of a volleyball that busted.
here and hearing me, give me a sign," was her request to Jesus,
she told about 30 people in her home at noontime Monday. "At
first there was a big tear just hanging there, not running. Just
there in the corner of his eye." She said she summoned her
father from his bedroom to see. "We can't always rely on the
scientific," said Monsignor Richard Shirley, vicar general
for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. "If it's God, it will endure."