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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: 2004 - 2013


-  Photo Album #2 (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.


~ The Virgin Mary Pebble ~

     

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 turned out to be. Thanks and Praises be to God and Our Blessed Mother!


~ An Encounter with Poor Souls ~


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.


~ Our Lady's Response to a Prayer ~

            

The photos on the left and right are actually of a little piece of blue soap that has an interesting story behind it… in late-May 2009 I had been debating with myself as to whether or not I should order another statue of the Blessed Virgin. I was shopping around for a church-sized statue that was at least 3-feet-tall to use for my lay-ministry's devotional purposes and found a few prospects on the Internet.

To make a long story short, I found a reasonably-priced 38" Rosa Mystica statue that I was strongly interested in but I was still undecided about ordering it. I recall mentally asking the Blessed Mother for a positive sign if she wanted me to buy the statue and then walked into my bathroom to brush my teeth. That’s when I happened to glance into the bathtub and noticed the soap dish had fallen off the shower wall; lying next to it was the soap, which coincidentally, had somehow melted into the distinct shape of a woman wearing a veil! I immediately recognized a feminine profile of a head and torso, and even the veil-part of the image was a different shade of blue, which defined it from the rest of the body (click on the photos to view larger images).

I didn't need any more prodding after seeing the "Soap-Madonna" so I ordered the statue immediately - it has since become my personal ministry's much-traveled pilgrim statue (center photo), which has been a tremendous blessing to me and many others.


~ In the Shadow of the Rosa Mystica ~


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.


~ Luminous Manifestations ~

            


Above are a handful of photos taken during the past years at a few of this ministry's speaking presentations and pilgrim statue/holy relic visitations at St. Anthony's Church and St. John Vianney's Church in Kailua. Some of the many photos taken at these events have captured unusual globes of blue or white light - orbs - in varying sizes and intensities hovering near my pilgrim statue or the relics (click on the photos to view larger images). I interpret them to be signs of Our Lady's spiritual presence, or the presence of the Saints whose relics are also at the venue.


~ A Testimony to Our Lady of Guadalupe ~


This photo, taken 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.


~ The Madonna of the Clouds ~


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.


~ The Mighty Hand of God ~


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.


~ Manifestations of Escarchas ~

            

Since late-June 2012, Escarchas - mystical shimmering dust particles - have been manifesting intermittently in relation to my ministry's activities involving my Rosa Mystica pilgrim statue and the Sacred Relics of the Saints and Blesseds in my custody. The photos shown above visually document some of the appearances of the mysterious substance in the recent past, including an astounding crystalline "pearl" (right photo - click to enlarge image) that appeared at my feet while I was praying the Stations of the Cross in a church. Details and other photos about the appearances of the Escarchas may be read here and here.


~ St. Marianne Mystery Photo ~


This photo with its clear image of a mysterious man in period clothing was taken during a prayer meeting at a friend's house in October 2012. The identity of the man is unclear, but based on feedback from a couple of knowledgeable sources, we speculate that it could be an image of a former Bishop of Honolulu - Bishop Louis Désiré Maigret - who died in June 1882, the year before St. Marianne Cope arrived in Hawaii. One source informed me that Bishop Maigret was the person who was instrumental in extending an invitation to female religious to come to our islands to minister to the lepers. Click here to read the background story of the photo.


~ Another Holy Face Photo ~


Above, I present another photo of an unusual light/shadow formation, this time taken on the morning of December 29, 2012. It captures an uncanny image - which to me and the friend who witnessed it - resembled the Holy Face of Jesus to which I am strongly devoted. The story behind this photo and its relevant significance may be read by clicking here.


~ A Sign of Spiritual Warfare ~


"I will put enmity between thee and the woman,
and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head,
and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel."

~ Genesis 3:15 (Douay Rheims translation)

This unusual photo of my Rosa Mystica pilgrim statue was taken while it was staying in the home of a friend of mine. The family had been experiencing paranormal phenomena in the form of mysterious shadows that were seen roaming the home at night... so the statue was sent in the hopes that its blessed presence, and Rosary Prayers offered before it, would help end the spooky sightings.

After the statue was set-up in the living room, I took this photo to capture the visit on film. I hadn't noticed anything strange when I first took the picture, but it was only after I downloaded the photo unto my laptop that I discovered the uncanny images of two demonic entities (circled) flanking Our Lady's statue and looking up at it defiantly. I later learned from my friend that his mother was regularly consulting with a medium/psychic and had a deck of Tarot Cards stashed in her dresser (something my friend didn't condone). Having gone through my on terrifying brush with occult forces, it was clear to me what the true nature of the shadows were in the home, and why there were there. To read more about this photo and its significance, click here.


~ Roxy's Blessing ~


The pebble shown above was found by a parishioner, "Roxy" - under her foot - moments after she had silently prayed holding Our Lady's veil-relic at the end of our 8/3/2013 First Saturday Rosary for Peace at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua. Oddly enough, the pebble bears an uncanny resemblance to a human embryo - a tiny baby - which, incidentally, was the intent of the petition Roxy was making to the Blessed Mother. The woman was having difficulties in conceiving a child and asked Mary's help in having a baby. Shortly after, she stepped on something in our Day Chapel, and when she picked it up, it was this odd-shaped pebble. We're now waiting to see if Roxy's prayer will be answered in the few upcoming months.


(To view Photo Album #3, click here
to view Photo Album #1, click here)

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