Cameras on Monday captured a statue of the Virgin Mary appearing to weep at a home in California, with the owner calling it a miracle.

Maria Cardenas told KFSN she received the statue as a Mother's Day gift 10 years ago, but it didn't start to "cry" until her cousin was murdered about a year and a half ago.

Visitors have stopped by her home in Fresno to see it for themselves. She said her door was open to anyone.

Cardenas said she collected the "tears" in a glass. A reporter at the home said one tear appeared oily and smelled like roses.

Sometimes the statue's face would stay dry for weeks or months before starting to "weep" again, according to Cardenas.

"We've had priests come from all over to look at her, and all they say is that it's a miracle," a caretaker of the statue told the news station.