The glowing Virgin – A miracle? (UPDATE: Solved)

Mother of God! Is this the best you can do? Glow? Lame.

[See update below!]

Hundreds flock to glowing Virgin Mary statue.

Hundreds have been flocking to a house in southern Belgium to catch a glimpse of a small statue of the Virgin Mary that reportedly glows in the dark.

Local media reported that 500 people visited the house in the quiet town of Jalhay on Wednesday to witness what is being referred to as “the mysterious glowing Virgin”.

The dull glow was first noticed in mid-January and has gradually attracted larger crowds. Local media have reported that some of those visiting the statue claim to have been cured of a skin condition.

The statue, about 30 centimetres in height, represents the “Virgin of Banneux”, from the name of a nearby village where in 1933 a young girl was said to have witnessed an appearance by the Virgin.

Father Leo Palm investigated the statue briefly but couldn’t find any explanation for the glow. It could prove difficult to determine the cause of the glow as the owners has refused any further investigation of the statue. Convenient. There are several ways to explain the “glow” but the people do not want it explained.

UPDATE (28-Mar-2014) It turns out the statue was covered in luminous paint.

Glowing statue of Virgin of Banneux – was covered in luminous paint – Catholic Online.

A team of scientists from the science faculty at Liege University found that the statue was glowing in the dark because it had been covered with paint containing zinc sulphide.

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  9 comments for “The glowing Virgin – A miracle? (UPDATE: Solved)

  1. Lee
    March 14, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    If we TOOK every statue, door, window, tree stump, Dog’s rear end, ray, cheese sandwiches, etc., that oozed an unknown liquid, had light emanate from its visage, displayed a Rorschach test that is ALWAYS construed as a monotheistic persona, we would make a fortune selling them back to the same people we took them from. Anyone want to create a reality show based upon this concept? Once in a while I will visit EBay and look for such items. You will be amazed at the prices being asked for such nonsense. If someone is keeping you at arm’s length from examining such a phenomenon, they are nothing but charlatans and prevaricators.

  2. Paul Robinson
    March 14, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    So far down list of news, didn’t appear in any of French journals or TV sites’ e mails i receive. Bang up against Belgian border & not appeared on local TV news either (yet). Le Figaro & Le Parisien carry the story, but they haven’t bothered to include in English editions. The Le Figaro article also carries a RTL TVI video (though not aired here in northern France – though maybe if you have certain satellite channels). Frankly it looks like a tatty battered old ornament that’s been on the shelf for donkeys’ years & probably glows in the dark from decades of nicotine build up.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    March 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Local media have reported that some of those visiting the statue claim to have been cured of a skin condition.

    Clearasil does that too.

    Does Bruce Leroy know? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWVhiIisH30

  4. Count Otto Black
    March 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    This is so last year!

    http://www.medjugorjetoday.tv/9873/statue-in-vickas-house-glows-in-the-dark/

    Also, readers who wish to experience the miracle for themselves but don’t find it convenient to pop over to Belgium for a quick look will be pleased to know that miraculous glowing Madonnas in a variety of attractive and tasteful styles are available for as little as $2.49 – just saying…

    http://www.totallycatholic.com/subcategory/plastic_inexpensive_saints_statues

  5. Bill C
    March 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I don’t care if it rains or freezes
    Long as I got my plastic Jesus
    Glued to the dashboard of my car.
    You can buy him phosphorescent
    Glows in the dark, he’s pink and pleasant
    Guaranteeing that I won’t go too far.

  6. Angelus
    March 15, 2014 at 3:14 AM

    I live in Belgium and this his appeared twice in the news. More likely to be a mere fluorescent statuette, as those were commonly sold in all kinds of souvenir-shops at pilgrimage centers from the 40’s throughout to the 70’s. The general description of the event supports this idea; It is said to glow ‘softly, like a distant star rather than to shine’. Often fluorescent decorations for children have been used as a ‘very similar experience’.

    • Paul Robinson
      March 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Just went back to the article in Le Figaro & see a few commentators, both French & Belgian talking about the same flourescent tourist souvenirs too, & a Belgian commentator who lives 60km from the site, & has been following the story locally, says experts from the University of Liège have now been given permission to examine the statuette. I wouldn’t be surprised to find it’s not reported prominently, that it’s just old tourist tat, that changes colour with the weather, like the ceramic dolphin we have next to the télé.

  7. Chris Howard
    March 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    So what’s the official stance on miracles?

    Does a miracle represent evidence for a deity, and therefore undermine the concept of faith?

    It seems to me that a strictly mundane world would be the truest testament to ones faith, no?

    Believing in a thing that has NO evidence to support its existence would be the strongest kind of faith.

    Any type of miracle– and I mean a real, logic/nature defying miracle, not Jeebus burnt glorified on toast– would constitute a proof of something outside of nature.

    It just seems that holding the view that miracles occur, and faith (as it is defined in a classical religious context) are completely antithetical?

  8. March 28, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    So NOT a miracle?

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