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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: 2015 - Present


-  Photo Album #3 (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.


~ Apparition of the Holy Face ~


The photo above captures another appearance of the Holy Face in my Guadalupe House ministry. The image appeared on a large banner of Our Lady of Guadalupe hanging in my bedroom on the morning of Thursday, 1/22/2015. Significantly, I had just finished praying the Holy Rosary for a group of women who were making a spiritual retreat. For details concerning this event and to view a short video of it, click here.


~ A Christmas Blessing ~


The above photos were taken 12/23/2015, in Chula Vista, California. They appeared on a palm tree on the grounds of the townhouse complex where I was visiting with my sister. Remarkably, on the tree, clear images of the Blessed Virgin and a dove were visible just a few days before Christmas. Read more about this photo here.


~ The Heart of the Eucharist ~


The photo posted above was taken on Sunday, 5/29/2016 - the Feast of Corpus Christi - at Mary Star of the Sea Church in Honolulu. The Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration prior to Mass when I felt strongly compelled to snap a photo of the altar. A resulting photo showed what appeared to me to be a striking likeness of the Sacred Heart of Jesus formed by light at the top of the monstrance (there is no image of the Sacred Heart on the monstrance). Read more about this photo here.


~ A Moving Statue? ~


The series of photos posted above are stills from a short video I 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 and to view the actual video, click here.


~ A Lady, brighter than the sun... ~


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.


~ The "Fatima Cloud" ~


This unusual photo was snapped on Saturday, April 8, 2017, after the 5:00pm vigil Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Kailua. It was the eve of Palm Sunday. My busy day job and the somber season of Lent had taken a toll on me, and I was feeling exhausted and even a bit down as Holy Week approached. After the Mass ended, I walked out to my car and happened to look up at the sky to gauge the time and weather. This is was what I saw in the sky across the street from the church - a ghostly figure, that I personally believe, represents Our Lady of Fatima, as it closely resembles a Fatima pilgrim statue. The outline of the long veil, the areas where the face and hands are joined together in prayer, are all discernible in the image that juts up among the other wispy clouds. I took the occurrence to be a sign from our Blessed Mother - an encouragement to "hang in there" - which immediately lifted my spirit. To read a bit more about this photo, click here.


~ Just before the Fatima Centennial... ~


This image of the Madonna and Divine Child was photographed on the eve of the centennial of the first Fatima apparition in Portugal on May 13, 1917. Unlike most of the photos seen in this album, I actually didn't see the holy figures, at first, but was prompted to photograph the cloud by a mysterious voice, which said, "Take a picture... my mother is in that cloud." I took a couple of photos and, sure enough, there was Our Lady. For details about this photo, please click here.


~ God is present everywhere... ~


This image, simply put, reminds us that God is present everywhere. We just have to open our hearts to Him in order to recognize His presence around us... and, sometimes, He confirms He is around with a little sign. I believe this event was one of those signs. For details about this photo, please click here.


~ Under Angelic Wings ~


I may have captured an angel on camera. It happened on the night of Monday, December 4th, 2017, while I waiting for the even's scheduled "super moon" to rise. I had gone through a serious health crisis just the day before and was ordered by my doctor to stay home and rest for a few days. So on the first night home from work, I decided to sit outside in the yard to get some fresh air and to see if I could catch a glimpse of the moon. Being somewhat concerned over what was happening with my health, I quietly prayed as I waited for the moon to rise above the horizon.

When the soft light of the moon finally did begin to appear through the large clouds, the sight was beautifully surreal. I had to take a few photos. The next day I browsed through the batch of pictures and was surprised to discover a shadowy figure in two of the photos (the better of the two is posted above). It reminded me of an angel with outstretched wings and I was immediately comforted. I saw in this recent manifestation - the angelic image - God's reassurance of help.

         
Closer views of the angel-figure in the sky (circled in yellow)...
and outlined in the photo to the right.

At first I interpreted the figure to represent St. Michael the Archangel... but I've since changed my mind. The name "Raphael" now resonates in my head each time I look at the picture and perhaps it is a representation of this other archangel. After all, the Church considers St. Raphael to be the angel of healing - his name means, "God heals".


~ A Sign of God's Promise ~

         
A dark blue cross is captured in the sky, as seen in the
center of these photos.

A photo taken in Honolulu on January 23, 2019. I had just left my job to head over to Kailua to attend the FIAT Prayer Group meeting at my parish of St. Anthony of Padua Church. I recall being excited in anticipation of the meeting; the blessings and the fellowship it would entail. I happened to look up into the sky as I neared my parking lot when, there, directly ahead of me, was a huge blue cross silhouetted against the whiteness of the clouds. I took it as divine affirmation - a sign of promise of blessings to come! Needless to say, the FIAT meeting was AWESOME!


~ St. Vincent Pallotti? ~

Since featuring St. Vincent Pallotti as the January 2019 Saint of the Month, I've found myself reflecting on the life of the Saint lately. The truth is - prior to posting about him, I was familiar with his life but without much details... so after extensively researching his bio to write about him, I have to admit - I was blown away by his sanctity and pious accomplishments! So maybe it's why after his January 22nd Feast Day he was popping into my head on and off, which would then prompt me to offer a short prayer for the Church, particularly for priests.


Now imagine my surprise, when after walking out of Mass on Sunday, 1/27, I was "inspired" to photograph the spectacular morning sky... then later spotted a clear image of a face among the clouds that uncannily resembles who else? St. Vincent Pallotti (check out the distinctive nose)! Maybe, just maybe... it's heavenly affirmation that he's praying and interceding for our Church, too; praying for our priests to be Saints like him. To learn more about St. Vincent Pallotti, click here.


~ Walking with Mary ~

         
The silhouette of Mary (left) above Honolulu and the
same image outlined (right).

Another unusual silhouette-cloud formation of the Blessed Mother, taken on 3/4/2019, just minutes after I walked out of the Honolulu Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace after attending the Noon Mass. I was beginning my routine lunch-time walk to the State Capital building to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for God's guidance on our local lawmakers. This was the spiritually serendipitous view of the sky that greeted me after I made the sign of the cross.


~ Adoring Jesus with Mary ~


This photo was taken while I was in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a Family Reunion event. It's a photo taken of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the area's St. Sharbel Mission Church. I believe it shows a mysterious image of Our Lady in the lower-left of the framed print of Jesus hanging above the monstrance (circled in red in the upper-right photo). The image of the Holy Mother closely resembles the statue seen in the lower-right block down to the clothing and posture... and she appears to be gazing down in acknowledgement and love towards her Son in the Eucharist. To read more about this photo and the reported oil-seeping statue of St. Sharbel in the Las Vegas church, click here.


~ Mary, Reconciler of People w/God ~

         

In the above photo, taken on 4/25/2019, a white silhouette of the Blessed Virgin can be seen against the backdrop of the darkening evening sky. The photo to the right is an enlargement of the figure, which is seen towards the bottom-left of the photo to the left. Our Lady appears covered in a long veil, reminiscent of her apparition as Our Lady of Fatima. To learn about the backstory of this image, click here.


~ Our Lady of FIAT ~



The top photo in this group was taken of the sky above my parish church of St. Anthony of Padua in Kailua on Wednesday, 6/19/2019.  It was snapped at approximately 7:00PM, just a few minutes before the start of that evening's FIAT meeting in our church.  The photo appears to capture a faint, yet recognizable image of the Blessed Virgin, floating to the upper-right of the coconut tree.  She seems to be praying while looking down at the church... and there also appears to be a Cross beside her, just to the right of her figure.  Incidentally, the topic/lesson during the FIAT meeting was Our Lady's special role as mentor and model in living the Divine Will of God.


~ Another Rosa Mystica Mystery ~


It may have happened again - I saw my large Rosa Mystica pilgrim statue exhibiting facial movements during the First Saturday Rosary at my parish on 7/6/2019.  I believe I saw the statue's face soften and become dewy, and its eyes blink and the lips moving during our rosary; unusual occurrences that I've actually witnessed before with regard to my statue. The movements were so distinct I discretely pulled out my cellphone to see if I could record the phenomena on film.  I may have succeeded as it appears in my video that the mouth on the image is indeed moving.  I interpret it as a sign of Our Lady's presence; her praying with us... and for us.


~ Another Sign through God's Creation? ~


I snapped this stunning photo on July 21, 2019, shortly after attending Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua.  I think the viewer will find the captured imagery self-explanatory.  It just goes to show that sometimes God reminds us we're not walking our faith-journeys alone.  Hallelujah!


~ A Rosary Turns Gold ~



On the morning of Sunday, 10/27/2019, this metal finger Rosary mysteriously changed color from silver to gold while I used it in prayer!  For me, it was an important sign and affirmation from Our Lady that the Rosary Devotion is a spiritually valuable form of prayer.  To read more about this occurrence and my thoughts on it, click here.


~ A Soul Rises Up! ~   


I may have something unique - a visual documention of a soul actually leaving Purgatory!  This photo captures a purgatorial soul rising up into the light of God to be with Him in Heaven.  At least that's the sense I get.  To read more about it, click here.


~ Visible grace on a statue... ~

Escarchas manifested on the face of this Marian statue.

On 2/1/2020, our First Saturday Rosary group at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Kailua, was surprised by another manifestation of Escarchas.  This time around, the heavenly dust appeared on my pilgrim statue of Mary, as the Mediatrix of All Grace from Lipa, Philippines.  I had a strong sense, after, that Our Lady was drawing special attention to this most beautiful title of hers; to her unique role as intercessor before her Son's throne, which many Marian devotees have experienced firsthand.  To read more about this event, click here.


~ God sees us ~


I had another experience of witnessing a face in the sky and captured it somewhat in a photo (look to the upper-right) - this time it was of an older man, that prompted me to exclaim, "Daddy God" because of the kind, fatherly expression on the face.  It happened on Thursday, 7/23/2020, just a few days ahead of the scheduled landfall of Hurricane Douglas.  I felt reassured that God is always watching over us.  To read more about this occurrence, click here.


~ Our Lady reempasizes Fatima ~


On Wednesday, 9/16/2020, I witnessed another visual manifestation of the Holy Virgin - this time around, I saw her represented as Our Lady of Fatima and managed to snap the photo shown above.  The Virgin Mary can be seen in the sky above the roof.  I sensed she was again drawing attention to her urgent message given at Fatima.  For details concerning this event, click here.


~ A sign from St. Michael ~


The Covid-19 pandemic has made a lot of us uneasy.  For me, I've been doing my best to stay strong and safe by exercising my spiritual life and putting sacramentals at my disposal to good use, among them "St. Michael relic stones".

The stones are from the Holy Grotto of Mt. Gargano, in Italy, where St. Michael the Archangel appeared centuries ago.  The shrine custodians encase the stones in gold-colored thecas for distribution and I have 2 thecas in my personal custody.  Recently, one of the thecas mysteriously changed from gold to a silver color - within a day or two - while the other remains gold, as seen above.

At this point, I don't know why the theca changed.  I can only speculate on a reason behind this latest manifestation from Heaven... but to read more about this occurrence, click here.


(To view Photo Album #1, click here;
to view Photo Album #2, click here)

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