The apparitions of
F. SANCHEZ-VENTURA Y PASCUAL
TO FAN THE FLAMES OF OUR FAITH
||Dr. Michele Cassola, Director of the Micrographic Section
of the Provincial Laboratory.
||Dr. Francesco Cotzia, Assistant Director of the Micrographic Section
of the Syracuse Provincial Laboratory.
||Dr. Leopoldo La Rosa, Chemist of the Department of Hygiene.
||Dr. Mario Marletta, Surgeon.
The undersigned parish priest, Fr. Giuseppe Bruno,
hereby declares that he was present during the examination of the liquid
mentioned in this report, and that he received from the signatories of
same a solemn oath taken on the Gospels, the said signatories having signed
this document in his presence. (Sgnd.) Giuseppe Bruno."
From the moment when the tears first started to trickle
down Our Lady's cheeks, graces and favors began to be granted to many
who asked for them. Many prodigies took place in other countries, far
from Syracuse, when people touched pieces of cotton-batting that had not
even been used to wipe the Virgin's tears away, but had merely been brushed
over the dry face of the image. A typical example is that of young Benita
Juarez, a pupil at the Santa Maria School for the Blind, run by the Theresian
Sisters at Villalba, Spain. Benita recovered her sight when her eyes touched
a scrap of cotton sent from Syracuse. Mariano Sastre, aged eighteen, who
lives in the suburbs of Madrid, was cured instantly of the paralysis that
had crippled him since boyhood. Many are the cases of this type to prove
the authenticity of this prodigy which has been granted Church approval.
The Virgin of Syracuse with her silent weeping was a
resumption of the messages of La Salette, Lourdes and Fatima, as the Mother
of God grows increasingly sorrowful at human conduct, and fearful of not
being able to restrain much longer her Son's justice, which demands a
punishment as an example. As Senator Luigi Sturzo says, "Perhaps
that is why Our Blessed Mother weeps; She does so because men put themselves
in the hands of the powers of destruction instead of construction; they
prefer hatred to love, envy to concord, pride of race, caste or class
to brotherhood and international cooperation. The Virgin weeps because
the world does not pray; and the world does not know how to pray because
it is rotten with pride and does now bow its head to God or invoke the
Holy Spirit. The world believes and trusts in men; it does not believe,
and consequently does not trust, in God."