Father Bruse – USA
As we are starting to establish, the stigmata is a worldwide phenomena, but it appears to be one almost exclusively withheld in people of Catholic Faith, very very rarely is it seen outside the Catholic faith.
The U.S.A., a place of many oddities and wonders is one place you'd expect to see more of it, but what ever makes the stigmata happen, whether it be religious faith, psychological or a miracle from God, it seems to be few and far between that have it bestowed upon them in this country.
There is however one very fascinating case, that of Father Bruse, who from 1991 to 1993 carried the wounds of the Stigmata on his body, but his blessing carried further than his own body, and affected statues around him too.
In a very well documented case, Statues began to weep blood in the St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, crucifixes and pictures wept in his presence too.
The main statues that wept were always off The Blessed Virgin Mary, there were also reports of the facial expressions of the statues changing, statues changing colour, rosary's changing colour, the fragrance of roses filling the Church and many other supernatural occurrences.
Amidst all this Father Bruse's body was showing the signs of the stigmata, he was also conducting healings and blessings on mass, but strangely, the Arch diocese of Arlington decided to play down the weeping statues and marked Priest, and warded media and the throng of sight-seeing parishioners off.
The Church, to this day, still has recognised the events of those two years officially, which isn't so unusual in the United States when one considers it took the Catholic Hierarchy in the country 150 years to recognise, officially a sighting of the Virgin Mary there.
Father Bruse has since been moved onto a different Church and currently presides as Parish Priest over two Churches. It is said things still happen around him, like rosaries changing colour, and that in his presence one can feel the holiness of the man.
In a recent interview Father Bruse was quoted as saying:
"Something is getting ready to happen. The Lord is just making us aware that He is there and He is real."
"I see that as something getting ready to happen. I think it's a major wake-up call that's going on, and I think that all that I see -- the weird temperature, the polar caps, the earthquakes -- there's a lot going on and I think we should all be prepared. I really do. I've had a lot more come back to church and Confession. I think it's all different than a few years back. I think we're in a different era now."
"We don't have to worry about what's beyond death, We know. It's total love. Christ is the real power behind all these phenomena. Christ is preparing us for the Kingdom of God, saying 'be prepared,' but shouting it out now. It's as if Christ is saying 'wake up! Let's get moving on our spirituality.' I believe it's building up to something big."
For more on Father Bruse and the weeping statues, please follow the links below
The Seton Miracles (Book)
Current news story on the weeping statues
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