A Praise God Coinky-Dink

On April 19, 2020, Father José Guadalupe Aguilera Murillo of San Isidro Labrador Catholic Church in Querétaro, Mexico broadcasted Mass via livestream. Since the Catholic Church was celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy that Sunday, Fr. Murillo had placed the image in the video’s background. Somehow, the white rays coming from Jesus’ heart appeared to extend out of the frame and across the altar. The phenomenon lasted throughout the video, which you can see at the ChurchPop link.

A commenter pointed out that the rays in front are parallel, suggesting their source was lens flare and that, since they didn’t move throughout Mass, it was probably caused by a bright interior light rather than the sun. He may very well be right. But you know what? I don’t much care. A lens flare during Mass that perfectly aligned with the rays from Jesus’ heart is just as inspiring and “God-incidental miraculous” to me as if there had been no physical explanation.

I took the screenshots above and below myself. The big one above was from before Mass started; the small insert is from the middle. I included the insert because it struck me powerfully the way the lens flare (if that is what it was) appeared to pierce the nun’s body. Jesus told St. Faustina that the white ray represents “the Water which makes souls righteous”, so I also love the way the ray from the painting appears to bend as if flowing like water across the top of the altar.

I searched the Divine Mercy image on-line and found what I believe to be the version in the video. I lined them up so you could see how the possibly-a-lens-flare just happened to line up with the rays on the painting.

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  1. Maureen Senzamici

    This is an amazing story Aunt Chrissy! I loved how you wrote that if the explanation for the rays was a lens flare, it was a great miracle! Happy Advent!