Too many act as if the miracles of Jesus ended two thousand years ago. We rejoice (especially this time of the year) in seeing the miraculous all around us — in big things, in little things, in the natural course of life, in phenomena.
Is the miraculous sometimes manifest, as we often ask (again, especially this time of year), in reflections of light?
Here we always walk a tightrope between openness and so-called gullibility — although, truth be known, the Lord prefers “gullibility” in the way of faith (like babes) than the hyper-rationality that has overtaken the Church and is so prevalent in pews that become vacant.
When we over-rationalize we miss manifestations. We’re left with the aridity of the cerebral over the spiritual (not that we should forget to exercise reason!).
Some disdain claims of photographic marvels. Here’s one, taken from our mailbag. One can be excused for seeing Mary praying, near the ceiling. (That blue!)
Can it be a coincidence? Of course. Just about anything can.
A kind of star of Bethlehem — radiating the Virgin to the side?
Go ahead and make fun of it.
Somehow, we don’t dare.
[Feedback: “This image appeared above the doorway and next to the tabernacle. The image resembles either Bishop holding a Crozier or a Priest lifting a Chalice. Image appeared after a storm. It is natural. The image is from St Peter Chapel, part of Prince of Peace Parish, Diocese of Pittsburgh. St. Peter Chapel is slated to be closed — Andy Zenchak”]