By: Lilliana Olazaran
Our story begins with a troubled marriage and two children, ages 20 and 3. My husband and I had decided that living in the city had become to much and maybe moving to the countryside would slow things down a pace or two. We had actually just moved 7 miles out but just far enough that the countryside welcomed us nicely. We purchased a quaint little house that sat on an acre and our neighbors were "a holler away". In the first 2 yrs we did some "remodeling" and set up my husbands business towards the back of the property. What followed the next two years made me question my faith. There were changes that were inexplicable, to the point that my son questioned me-looked for answers from me. Things that i had seen in movies or read in books but never that made me believe that they really happened; like, the bump in the night, the sound of someone dragging something large like a sled across the roof of the house, the constant rearranging of the silverware, the "visitor" in the kitchen, the big black dog amidst my dogs, the cat at the window, the pacing in the dining room and the door that would be open/unlocked every morning. Every night I prayed for the safety of my family and that the activity would stop, but to no avail. The year that followed became more of a challenge. We noticed that my husband began to change to the point that we could not even breathe. He became verbally/physically abusive, vile, belligerent-someone we didnt recognize. For 5 months he would come home and stir things up, leave and the activity would start. At 3 a.m. the activity was at its highest then at 4am my husband would arrive and the activity would stop. One midnight, about a week after Christmas, we were outside and i was watering the glass and plants while my son was playing with his new camera and we spoke about some things while my 3 yr old played on the porch (it was intolerable in the house). To change the subject, my son suggested we take different pictures of the water cascading for the kodak pic contest. He mustve taken 50 pictures. When we went to develope the pictures, 6 pictures had images-images that made me fear. I spoke to a clergy for the Catholic church and they asked me to present the pictures to them. They looked at the images and all froze with a look of awe. They then told me I had captured St Rafael in those images. I cried. Suddenly the fear, the question of "does GOD hear me", the doubt - all left me and just like that i thought to myself, "am I worthy of God sending me an archangel"? The clery asked me what had transpired to bring forth this outcome. I explained from the day we moved in to this moment. I didnt understand how they knew this was St Rafael. In the pictures taken, the light rays had a green tinge to them. The clergy showed me his facts and compared to my pictures. I felt a great sense of relief, i went home and shared this with my father and son. The activity continued until the day we packed up and left - yes, my husband stayed behind as well. I now lead a much happier life with my dad and children. The pictures stayed with the clergy.
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At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend his last days there, instructing, governing, and settling even further into this sedentary life. But Pope St. Gregory the Great had lived under Augustine's rule in ... continue reading
Saint Anthony was canonized (declared a saint) less than one year after his death. There is perhaps no more loved and admired saint in the Catholic Church than Saint Anthony of Padua, a Doctor of the Church. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal. He first joined the Augustinian Order and then left it and joined the Franciscan Order in 1221, ... continue reading
With the lives of so many early martyrs shrouded in legend, we are fortunate to have the record of the courage of Perpetua and Felicity from the hand of Perpetua herself, her teacher Saturus, and others who knew them. This account, known as "The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity," was so popular in the early centuries that it was read during ... continue reading
St. Michael the Archangel - Feast day - September 29th The name Michael signifies "Who is like to God?" and was the warcry of the good angels in the battle fought in heaven against satan and his followers. Holy Scripture describes St. Michael as "one of the chief princes," and leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over the powers of hell. He has been ... continue reading
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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of ... continue reading
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