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NOTICE: I am a practicing Catholic, active and in good-standing with my local parish, who professes faith and loyalty to the Church. This ministry - my "little work" - is strictly a personal expression of that faith and loyalty, and not an officially recognized ministry in the Diocese of Honolulu.

~ Peter, Ministry & Blog Administrator


Photo Album of Little Signs: 1994 - 2003


-  Photo Album #1 (of 3)  -

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 the most ordinary of things such as a beautiful tree on the side of the road; an unusual cloud formation that reminds us of something dear or holy; perhaps even through certain circumstances that occur in our day-to-day lives. His presence is truly all around us, waiting to be recognized and affirm our beliefs, if we but see through the eyes of Faith.

I testify that none of the photos on this page have been falsified... 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. I'm really just an ordinary guy who simply happens to have deep faith in the notion that our God has a willingness and desire to express his immense Love and Divine Will to every one of us - sometimes, even through signs.

... but the more important signs are the ones which remain unseen - the Peace, the Love, the Healing, and the positive Spiritual Conversionthat occur in peoples' lives as a result of prayer that connect us intimately with God. I hope the viewer finds the photos edifying, or at the very least, interesting and thought-provoking.


~ A Smile from Heaven ~


This unusual photo snapped in May 1994, is probably the very first sign I've captured in a photograph.  It was taken of the sky directly above the prayer garden at my former studio using a film camera (remember those?).  When the roll of film was developed, unexpectedly, it showed what appears to be a pair of lips curved in a delicate smile, complete with the indentation above the upper lip. The color of the sky also assumed the color of flesh, which makes the image appear more so like the lower-half of a human face. My prayer group interpreted this picture to be a sign of Our Lady's pleasure at all the prayers that were being offered during the weekly prayer meetings, which had recently been started at that time.


~ The Golden Madonna ~


This photo of the sky was taken in mid-1994 shortly after we started our prayer group in Enchanted Lakes. Prior to snapping the picture, I asked Our Lady to give me a sign as confirmation that we were doing the right thing in starting up the rosary prayer meetings. When the film was developed, I noticed a strange image to the left of the large cloud in the photo, which wasn't present at the time of the picture-taking. It resembled a traditional image of a Madonna-like figure all in gold with a blue halo around the head area (compare to sketch at upper-right).


~ A Face on the Wall ~


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.


~ The Lady of Light ~


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.


~ Heaven's Plea for the Unborn ~


This photo of the sky was taken sometime in 1995... at first glance it appears to show nothing but the sky and the clouds, but a prayer group member pointed out a possible image/sign formed in the shadows of the clouds. At the bottom-right corner of the photo, the shadows seem to form an uncanny image of a human fetus (see inset). From the start of our prayer meetings, our group had included prayers for the protection of unborn babies growing in the wombs of their mothers. Perhaps this photo was meant as a confirmation and encouragement from our Lord, that we continue to offer prayers for the protection of the unborn and to end abortion throughout the world.


~ The Light of the Holy Spirit ~


This remarkable photo taken of my prayer garden was taken sometime in late 1995. At first it didn't appear out-of-the-ordinary to me but then a friend pointed out what he believed to be the Holy Spirit in the light above the wooden cross at the center of the photo. The light seems to form the image of a huge dove in flight, facing to the left of the photo (compare to sketch at upper-left). We interpreted the image to represent the special presence of the Holy Spirit and the abundant spiritual gifts that He had been granting at the garden shrine during our prayer meetings.


~ Heaven's Gate ~


This old polariod photo of the sky above my former garden prayer-shrine appears to show a door of light, or a gateway, formed in the sky above the trees. This was taken shortly before a prayer meeting and, incidentally, one of Our Lady's beautiful titles listed in the Litany of Loretto is "Gate of Heaven".


~ A Candle that "Bled" ~
(and a Miraculous Healing)


This photo shows a standard 10-inch votive candle that was brought to a meeting by a lady-friend - "Julie" - who was suffering from severe headaches caused by an inoperable brain growth. She had been attending our meetings regularly to pray for a cure and noticed a steady decrease in pain as each week passed. On one of our Feast Day prayer meetings, Julie offered the lit candle to Our Lady of Guadalupe as a way of thanking her and placed it near the outdoor shrine. At the end of the next week's prayer meeting, the candle finally went out and it was discovered that a red, blood-like fluid had appeared at the bottom of the bottle although the candle was made of white wax.

Julie later testified at a later meeting that her doctor had informed her of the inexplicable disappearance of the growth in her brain! I was asked to keep the candle and to share it as a testimony to Our Lady of Guadalupe's powerful intercession and her loving compassion towards those who seek her help. The fluid is dry and crusty now and has never been officially tested for blood... for us, the miracle lies not in the candle itself but in Julie's healing. She continues to be a grateful and devoted child of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


~ A Second Appearance of a Face ~


I took this photo towards the end of 1995. At the time I noticed a strange image on the wall next to Our Lady's garden that resembled a bearded face (see inset) formed by light and shadows. The face had actually appeared while I was home for lunch, saying a few prayers in front of a garden statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. I was able to capture the image using a polaroid camera and my prayer group members and I interpreted it to be a little sign, representing the Holy Face of Christ to which I am greatly devoted.


~ A Familiar Profile in Wax ~


This photo shows a large clump of wax formed from dozens of melted candles that were lit on a stone in Our Lady's Garden during our weekly rosary prayer meetings at my former apartment in Enchanted Lakes, Kailua. Strangely, these candles would often remain lit during our entire prayer time despite the heavy breezes that were common in the area of the yard! The clump of wax, to our amazement, eventually formed itself - without any human manipulation - into a clear profile of the head of Christ, crowned with thorns, as illustrated in the inset.


~ Our Lady in the Trees ~


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.


~ Baptism by the Holy Spirit ~


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:

John (the Baptist) answered them all, 'I baptize you with water
but one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose
sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the
Holy Spirit and with Fire.'

~ Luke 3:16


~ An Office Angel ~


This photo shows a wooden office door at a building I used to work at near the Honolulu airport. In 1999, a few coworkers and myself began to discretely meet each morning in one of our offices to begin our work day with a brief spiritual meditation and a prayer. Shortly after we started our little "prayer group", a lady-coworker and I noticed something odd about one of the office doors that none of us ever saw before - the wood grain pattern on the door had a distinct image of what we perceived to be a praying Angel. 

We could clearly discern the outline of a human figure with hands together in prayer, wearing a long robe, and with two "wings" that outstretched behind it (compare to the highlighted image on the right). We pointed out the Angel to the rest of our coworkers and all of them were amazed by the uncanny image. We all agreed that we've passed the very same door on countless occasions but never noticed the figure until that time. Whether the image was a heavenly sign, or not, we all accepted it as a blessing from God and affectionately nicknamed the image, our "Guardian Angel".

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.


~ Our Lady of Sorrows ~


This photo shows an unusual stain, about 5 inches tall, which appeared on a palm tree growing in my former garden prayer-shrine. Strikingly, it resembled a classic silhouette of the Virgin Mary surrounded by a golden aura. Although not seen in the above-photo, a faint cross is also visible on the bark of the tree to the upper-right of the silhouette. I personally interpret this incident to be a message from Our Lady... she stands at the foot of the Cross, sorrowfully garbed in black, calling us to conversion and prayer.


~ The "Good Shepherd Tree" ~


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.


(To view Photo Album #2, click here;
to view Photo Album #3, click here)

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