- 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.
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.
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.
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: