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We occasionally discuss reputed miraculous photographs, and one of the more interesting in a while is a duplicate of a "photo" [left] that was kept in a frame in the bedroom of famed mystic Maria Esperanza of Caracas, Venezuela (currently up for beatification). According to a source who saw it there and spoke about it with her family (Maria died on August 7, 2004), the photograph had been taken in the 1950s by a friend of Esperanza's who likewise had mystical gifts. As the account is passed down, it seems the woman, who had longed to know what the Lord looked like, was visiting the Holy Land when she felt compelled to have a companion point a camera over the Jordan River, resulting -- allegedly -- in what is in the photograph. However, we did not hear this from Maria herself and are made aware that it is close to identical to a painting [above, right] by an artist named J. R. Wehle ("Jesus Among the Wheatfields"). Obviously, the famous mystic felt it was special, in whatever way, however (was it like what she saw in vision?), and it certainly carries an unusual quality to it. We're not experts on photographic/artistic manipulation, but it was snapped in the days long before digital cameras and "photo-shopping." Is it simply a photo of a picture? Perhaps. But it seems anointed. Most "miraculous" photographs are more ambiguous and even amorphous and have to do with reflections of light. While it seems obvious Who the bearded Man represents, some believe the man He is speaking to may be the Apostle Peter, while the younger man behind (near the middle of the picture) is thought to be the beloved Apostle John. Is the older man supposed to be Peter or someone who would have been older at the time, like Nicodemus? They all appear to be standing along a shoreline, which indeed might be the river of Bible fame. There is "water" (in the photo version) and hillside in the backdrop. But the water is the wheat field. Esperanza herself had many visions of Jesus and believed He was about to manifest in a special way. "He is going to come in silence," she said shortly before her death. "People will realize He is among us little by little. I'm seeing Him right now. He has a mantle covering His hair. He has a robe like white and black. He will disappear for some days and appear again. He will bilocate, He will multiply Himself, to assist everyone. He will come and knock on every door." She said "Jesus will be felt very clearly in our hearts and you will see Him just as on that great day of His Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven. It will be in a way never before imagined by man, because the Light of His New Rising will be evident to everyone." We note next to the young man is a strange smoke-like configuration that seems to have a mysterious face in it (and maybe not a benevolent one). For years, many thought the photo to the right was miraculous (inexplicably appearing in a roll of film after a visit to Israel) -- but this may be a photo of a painting of the Lord at the Cave of the Milk in Bethany. (In one shot, you can see the frame.) Below are more typical "miraculous" photos.  


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