Below is a collection of unusual photographs related to my prayer group that used to gather weekly when I lived in Enchanted Lakes (Kailua) from 1994 to 2004. Also included are more recent photos pertaining to my current "Guadalupe House" lay-ministry. The photos show what I personally believe to be "little signs" of the presence of our Lord and our Blessed Mother in my life and work.
I'm a strong believer that God is very close to us and speaks to us often through even the most ordinary of things such as a beautiful tree on the side of the road, a cloud formation that reminds us of something dear, or certain circumstances that occur in our day-to-day lives. His presence is truly all around us, waiting to be recognized if we but see with the eyes of Faith. I affirm that none of these photos have been manipulated in any way... and they're certainly NOT intended to convince anyone that there's divine intervention going on in my home, or that I'm some sort of seer or miracle-worker.
The more important signs were the ones which remain unseen - the Peace, the Love, the Healing, and the positive Spiritual Conversion that have occurred in peoples' lives as a result of the many prayers that connect us intimately with God. I hope the viewer finds the photos edifying, or at the very least, interesting and thought-provoking.
This photo was taken on the morning of July 29th, 1995, after I had prayed the rosary in my prayer garden in Enchanted Lakes. It shows sunlight shining through the trees, and oddly, the light and shadows seemed to form a rustic image on the wall beside the garden resembling the face of Our Lord, crowned with thorns. Coincidentally, I also happen to be highly devoted to the Holy Face of Jesus and was deeply touched by this unusual manifestation of light. The image remained clear and visible during, and after the rosary, but shortly after I took this photo a strong gust of wind blew through the trees above me making the image unrecognizable.
This photo shows me standing next to another unusual light formation on the wall next to my prayer garden. The sunlight appears to form an image of the Virgin Mary in profile (my hand is pointing to the head of the figure - compare to sketch at upper right). Incidentally, this image appeared as I was reciting the rosary on the morning of August 5th, 1995. According to the Medjugorje seers, Our Lady once revealed her actual birth date to them as August 5th and I was offering the rosary prayer to her as a gift. Instead, I feel like I'm the one who received a gift although it wasn't even my birthday.
(and a Miraculous Healing)
This photo was taken shortly after the end of one of our evening prayer meetings. There was a full moon that night and I was struck by the beauty of the moon and how it appeared like a pure white Host in the darkness of the sky. After the photo was developed, I noticed an unusual figure in the upper-right corner of the photograph. Upon closer inspection, the figure resembled a classic silhouette of the Madonna with hands folded in prayer (refer to the inset at lower left), somewhat like the Virgin of Guadalupe, the beloved Patroness of my former prayer group.
This photo was taken in 1997 during a pilgrimage made by me and some of my prayer group members to St. Maria Goretti Parish Church in Scottsdale, Arizona; site of alleged Marian apparitions during the late 80s and early 90s. We had just finished participating in the parish's Youth Group Prayer Meeting when the photo was taken in the front of the church grounds near the Blessed Sacrament Chapel. When the film was later developed, it showed a mysterious fiery globe hovering above our little group, showering us with a cascade of light. It reminds me of the following scripture passage:
For several months the angel-image brought us much encouragement and comfort as we continued praying every morning. But sadly, the following year, our department transferred to an entirely different building so we had to bid our Guardian Angel goodbye. At least I have this photo to fondly recall the wonderful blessings we shared during our morning prayer time.
The photo shown above is of the trunk of a palm tree that was growing next to Our Lady’s garden shrine. One day, sometime in 2003, my friends and I noticed an unusual stain on the tree trunk, which in the opinion of a few prayer group members, resembled an image of Jesus as the “Good Shepherd”, complete with a curved shepherd’s staff (see the sketch in the inset). Not quite sure what to make of this one... I kind of see it, but my friends are insistent that they can see a likeness of Jesus outlined in the stain. ‘am including it here for viewer consideration and discernment.
This photo shows a unique little sand pebble, enshrined in a wooden reliquary that I handmade especially for it. The small stone within it is so special, and personally significant to me, I treasure it as a sacred relic and display it in a prominent place on my home altar. I call it my "Virgin Mary Pebble".
I found the 1/2 inch pebble in early 2004 while praying at Lanikai Beach, Kailua. I was going through an anxious time due to a chronic digestive condition and was awaiting medical testing later that week. As I prayed on the beach, I was absent-mindedly picking up clumps of sand and throwing them into the ocean; this pebble remained sticking to one of my fingers and I was immediately struck by its remarkable resemblance to a classic Madonna-and-Child figure. My heart was eased as I took it to be a personal reassurance from Our Lady that all would be well... which it did. Thanks and Praises be to God and Our Blessed Mother!
This photo captures the appearance of three large "orbs" of light in my bedroom in January and February, 2007. Because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the appearance of these globes of bluish light, I considered them to be signs of Poor Souls from Purgatory to whom I also have a strong devotion. To read the story behind this photo, click here.
In the late evening of Friday, June 4, 2010, I was sitting in our family room beside our shrine to the Rosa Mystica saying a few prayers before I turned in for the night. As I was sitting in near-dark conditions, I happened to glance towards an old TV stand beside the home altar on which was placed our prayer petition box and a few floral decorations... and noticed an image behind the stand. Remarkably, it was a shadow-figure that clearly resembled a discernable silhouette of the Blessed Virgin in profile (circled above).
After staring for several minutes, I became more convinced that it was too clear to be a simple coincidence so I quickly called over a cousin and an aunt to come and see the mysterious figure, as well. Both agreed that it really did resemble a profile of the Holy Mother praying, and we all sat together for long while quietly offering prayers of gratitude and petition.
Interestingly, the image had been formed by light casting a shadow over a vase holding three large roses (familiar?) We all concluded that it was another sign from Our Lady - the Rosa Mystica - reassuring us of her loving presence in our home.
This photo, taken almost a year ago in December 2011, shows a Pikake flower with what I believe to be an image representing Our Lady of Guadalupe in the center of it. The image on the flower is just one of a few other blessings I received on that day. To read the story behind this photo and to view other images of the flower, click here.
I took this photo in the early morning hours of March 3rd, 2012... and it shows what I perceive to be a clear image of Our Lady carrying the Christ Child. The remarkable story behind this photo and a short video may be viewed by clicking here.
Another photo of an unusual cloud formation, this time taken in June 2012. I call this photo the "Hand of God" due to its uncanny and strong resemblance to a hand with five fingers. The encouraging story behind this photo and its relevant significance may be read by clicking here.
The video posted above was filmed during a friend's Rosary Prayer Meeting on Saturday, 8/17/2016. During the recitation of the Rosary I observed the Rosa Mystica statue that we use for our group's devotional purposes moving its lips, as though Our Lady was praying with us. I discretely filmed the statue in an attempt to capture the movement, which I may have succeeded in doing so. To read more about this video, click here.
The photo shown above was taken on the evening of Thursday, 2/2/2017, at St. George Church in Waimanalo (Oahu), Hawaii. The world-famous International Pilgrim Statue of Fatima was making a visit there as part of its Hawaii leg of the Fatima Centennial Tour for Peace that is making its way across the USA. I took several photos during the event and this one was clearly extraordinary - the statue (circled in red) is mysteriously replaced by a brilliant silhouette of the Madonna (the face of the woman in the foreground was intentionally blurred). It recalls to mind the description of Our Lady of Fatima once given by Sr. Lucia, one of the visionaries of these Portuguese apparitions: "A lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup filled with sparkling water lit by burning sunlight." To read more about this event, click here.