Revision of the Beautific Vision of
Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
December 9, 2013
I attended the Mass of Dedication to a Minor Basilica of The
Immaculate Conception Church located in downtown Jacksonville, FL
on Dec. 9, 2013 at the invitation of Palma Nowicki who was then
President of the Council of Catholic Women at this Parish. I was
seated in the second row along with my husband John, Palma, her
daughter Joanne Quaille and Peter and Mella Carroll. I was in seat
5 from the aisle.
Upon walking into the church before Mass I was in awe of the restoration
that was completed at the church for this very special occasion. When I
glanced toward the Alter I was taken by a gray statue of Our Lord showing
his sacred heart. I thought with all these beautiful statues why didn’t they
fix the one on the Alter. As I continued walking down the aisle I heard a
distinct voice say – Would you like to see what Jesus looks like? I
looked around and the only one walking next to me was my husband John.
I thought oh – who wouldn’t want to see him. Just before I reached my
row, I heard the same voice only a little stronger say – Would you like to
see what Jesus looks like? Looking around again – I thought Yes – who
The church was packed and along with Bishop Felipe Estevez there were
priests and deacons from all over the Diocese of St. Augustine in attendance along with other priests from all over Florida.
During the Mass I thought I heard a loud bang but looking around I saw
everyone was focused on the Mass so I did the same. It was just as the
Consecration of the Mass was beginning that I thought I saw a flash of
light out of the corner of my eye toward my right side. I turned and looked
to my right and toward the back of the church and in the air I saw a
streak of golden light and then another streak and another. The streaks
were heading toward the Alter and above Bishop Estevez. These streams or
streaks of golden light began swirling around and formed a sphere – small
at first and then it grew larger – and it was positioned a few feet above
the Alter and just above Bishop Estevez. Slowly the sphere opened and
there emerged Our Lord Jesus Christ. I could see him from the waist up
as clearly as I could see Bishop Estevez and the other priests and deacons
who were assisting at Mass.
Our Lord was facing the congregation and looking straight ahead. I saw him
in a two dimensional way – side view and almost all of the front of his face.
At no time did his eyes look at me. He was handsome beyond belief and
was wearing a reddish brown robe over a white tunic. His hair was very
thick and wavy, perfectly groomed – a dark brown with reddish lights
shining from it. His upper body, arms and hands were muscular – like a
carpenter for fisherman. Definetly a worker. His facial features especially
around his nose and mouth resembled the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
His beard was also dark brown and shorter than I would think but below
his chin. His complexion was not white as paintings and statues indicate but
more middle eastern. His eyes were large and dark brown. His hands were
on the top of his tunic which was pulled down to reveal his Most Sacred
Heart. The vision moved from above the Alter to the aisle near my row
and and again a few feet above the pew. I had a perfect view of his right
side and was able to see his Most Sacred Heart which was in the center
to slightly left center of his chest. I saw the thorns around the heart and
flames coming out of the top of his sacred heart. I also saw the wound
which was inflicted by the roman soldier before Jesus was taken down
from the cross.
While I experienced this vision I saw nothing else, everything around
the vision was dark. I heard nothing. Then just as suddenly as the vision
appeared – the light slowly closed around Jesus – again forming a sphere
which got smaller and disappeared.
When the vision ended I was able to see Bishop Estevez standing in the
aisle in front of the Alter beginning to give out Holy Communion.
After Mass on the way to the reception I asked John if he noticed anything
unusual during Mass and he said no. I casually asked Palma and later on
Mella the same question – they both said no.
I told John what happened when we returned home and he urged me not
to tell anyone for fear they would think I was hallucinating or crazy.
It took me until 2016 to tell a priest in confession that I knew someone
who had a vision of Our Lord. He brushed it off. In 2017 I did tell a
Priest, Father Larkin, at St. John Paul 2 Catholic Church during confession
that I had this vision. He, too, advised me not to say anything but did think
the vision was real. Finally, on Sept. 27, 2017 I had the courage to write
and tell Bishop Estevez what I saw. He sent me a letter acknowleding my
letter and “ the light I received out of the kindness of the Lord.”
When this happened I believe I was in the state of grace as I went to
confession and attended the Latin Mass at St Joseph’s Catholic Church
in Mandarin the day before – Dec. 8, 2013 – the Feast of the Immaculate
I write this complete memory of the vision as I did not mention the voice
I heard before the vision to Bishop Estevez.
I also see this vision in my mind’s eye every day and thank God for this
Nov. 29, 2020