We offer you a video in which the statue of the Madonna opens her eyes. We report the article appeared in the newspaper “La Sicilia” on Friday 23 September 1994 by Gianni Bonina.
On the evening of Sunday 18 September, Domenico Di Martino, a 24-year-old handicapped young man from Ispica, devoted to S. Maria Maggiore, brings his new camera to the church to film the procession of the Addolorata.
But this cannot take place because a storm is raging. The parish priest Paolo Mansueto then sets up the procession along the central nave.
Domenico maneuvers the camera and realizes, zooming in, that the statue closes its big eyes and then opens them again. He rubs his eyes himself believing in an optical illusion, tries again and sees the same phenomenon again. He does not know that shortly before a dozen parishioners drew Don Mansueto’s attention to make him notice that Our Lady had closed her eyes.
Then Domenico tells the parish priest that you can see everything on the camera. And Don Mansueto thus verifies that the eyelids of the statue have really lowered and raised. Don Mansueto delivers the film to a photographer the same evening and confirms that it has not been manipulated.
The faithful then feel authorized to cry out to the miracle and remember… that on the evening of the previous Sunday some parishioners had noticed how the appearance of the Madonna had something unusual. Now Father Mansueto says: “It was the day of the feast of the Addolorata, restored only a few years ago [by the will of the parish priest himself and of the Addolorata association] in Ispica. This may have influenced my parishioners who wanted it so much. But I too realized that Our Lady had an expression, how can I say, humanized. ”
Subsequently, expert photographic and television technicians from Rome carefully examined the film and were unable to give a valid technical explanation of the phenomenon.
In our opinion the event, even with the due traditional prudence of the ecclesiastical authorities, according to the admonition of the Apostle Paul, who says not to despise the prophecies but to examine them and accept what is true and good, can well be seen as ” a sign ”of the presence of the Mother of God, of her satisfaction with the devotion to her of the faithful and of her desire to draw everyone to herself and for her to her Son Jesus Christ. On the other hand several times, in different times and places other statues of the Madonna have come alive: so in 1971 in Eisenberg in Austria and more recently in 1988, in Ardee in Ireland, a statue of the Virgin moved her hands and opened and closed my eyes.