Friday, October 09, 2015

Encouragement… who needs it?

We all do from time to time. The Blessed mother knows this. She is the Mother who regularly encourages her children and also asks us to encourage each other on our jouney through this life on earth.

She says: “I am here among you to encourage you…”

In her two most recent Medjuorje messages – to Mirjana and Marija – she says, “Encourage each other…” echoing Paul’s plea in his first letter to the Thessalonians (5 : 11): “So give encouragement to each other, and keep strenghthening one another, as you do already.”

To Mirjana she said: Apostles of my love, my children, with an honest and simple heart unite in prayer regardless of how far you are from each other. Encourage each other in spiritual growth as I am encouraging you. October 2, 2015

To Marija: Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God. Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbour in need. September 25, 2015

When Pope Francis announced earlier this year he would make a one-day to visit Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina he emphasised its purpose with these words:

“I ask you right now to pray that my visit to those dear people is one of encouragement for the Catholic faithful, fosters seeds of good and contributes to the consolidation of fraternity and peace.”


And now, in His infinite mercy, God gave him a fellow pilgrim for companionship along the way. He was joined by someone else who was going to the same holy place, with the same hopes and expectations. Someone else was learning similar lessons and facing similar tests. He had never been alone in spirit; now he was no longer alone in the flesh. To pass the time, the two pilgrims told each other their stories, ending with how they came to be on this pilgrimage. In the process, each took the measure of the other’s heart. When the pilgrims decided that they could trust one another, they now shared not only feelings, but also dreams and aspirations. As they did, a bond began to form between them. It was a bond forged in the fire of shared adversity and tempered in the water, the water of shared prayer. It was a bond that would last long after the pilgrimage was over, and the pilgrims parted ways. They discovered each other, like many do, coming from the East and from the West. In pilgrimage they discovered the world in and around themselves.

Pilgrimage – Reflections of a Medjugorje Priest,
by Fr Svetozar Kraljevic

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Lord’s prayer

Once Jesus was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” Luke 13 : 1

I desire to teach you to pray.
part Medjugorje message, June 12, 1986

Our Lady of the Rosary

Pray and let the rosary always be in your hand as a sign to Satan that you belong to me.
part Medjugorje message, February 25, 1988

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

At the feet of Jesus

In today’s Gospel reading (Luke 10 : 38-43) Mary the sister of Martha is seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to him speaking.

It’s not the only time the Gospels record Mary as being at the feet of Jesus. In John’s account of the Resurrection of Lazurus, brother of Mary and Martha, the evangelist states that it is the same Mary “who anointed the feet of the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair”.

Later in the passage we are told that as soon as Mary saw Jesus coming towards Bethany she went to him and threw herself at his feet.

To sit, or even kneel, at the feet of another is an act of lowering onself, expressing humility and service.

So while Martha showed humility in serving and waiting on others in the house, Mary also chose to humble herself and wait first and formost on the Lord.

Had Martha not complained, would Jesus have made the point about Mary choosing the better part?

I also noticed in church this morning that the 12th station of the cross, – Jesus is Crucified – shows a woman at the foot of the cross kissing the feet of Jesus. Unlike the other two women in the frame her long hair hangs loose. Is this the unnamed sinful woman in Luke’s gospel (7 : 36-50) who also anointed Jesus and bathed his feet with her tears and then wiped them with her hair? It is said that the woman is likely to be Mary Magdalene and she is named in John’s gospel as being present at the Crucifixion.

I also remember serving Mass as a youngster. The server would kneel at the feet of the priest ready to do his bidding. The photo below shows a similar depiction. The young man kneeling is from the Cenaclo Community and is waiting on the priest he and other members of the Community had carried up Apparition Hill.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Finding Jesus in the Temple

Many of my children do not have hope, they do not have peace, they do not have love. They are seeking my Son, but do not know how and where to find him.
part Medjugorje message, October 2, 2015

Three days later they found Jesus in the Temple, sitting among the doctors, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were astounded at his intelleigence and replies. They were overcome when they saw him, and his mother said to him, “My child, why have you done this to us? See how worried your father and I have been, looking for you.” “Why were you looking for me?” replied Jesus, “Did you not know that I must be busy with my Father’s affairs?” But they did not understand what he meant. Luke 2 : 46-50

Is your prayer life on the wane? Maybe can’t even say a prayer to save your life, complete a rosary or even begin to start one? Calling out to Jesus and he just doesn’t seem to be around? It happens!

It happened to me sometime ago. Everything just dried up! And then one day I made the effort to sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour and the ball was back in play again.

I talked, he listened; he talked and I listened. And then there were the silences and a sense of peace and quiet all around before the conversation got going again. It’s not so strange to sit in silence and enjoy each other’s company. My wife and I do a lot of the time!

And then it was time to go, with a promise from me saying, “We must do this again sometime!”

Later that day I picked up my Bible, started to read Luke’s Gospel and began to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary. It was when I got to the fifth mystery, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple, that I experienced one of those ‘moments’ – an insight, a revelation, a realisation that Jesus was still carrying on the conversation from that afternoon.

It was when the caravan was returning to Nazareth after the Passover in Jerusalem that Mary and Joseph woke up to the fact that Jesus had gone ‘missing’. For the first day they hadn’t noted his absence and then suddenly his disappearance caused worry and concern. They went to look for him among their relatives and friends but he was not with them, so they returned to Jerusalem to continue their search there. It took another two days before they discovered Jesus – in the temple, in the church!

And just like my time earlier that day, Jesus was sitting there, listening and asking questions, in conversation with those in the temple, and coming up with some amazing answers.

So even in Our Lady’s life, Jesus went ‘missing’, and it took a visit to the Temple to find him! Mary and Joseph didn’t understand at the time when Jesus said they shouldn’t be surprised to find him in the Temple going about his Father’s business. But I know and understand now that if I am to discover Jesus I must seek and discover him in the church, as well as in the temple of my own heart and the hearts of others.

Friday, October 02, 2015

October message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am here among you to encourage you, to fill you with my love and to call you anew to be witnesses of the love of my Son.

Many of my children do not have hope, they do not have peace, they do not have love.

They are seeking my Son, but do not know how and where to find him.

My Son is opening wide his arms to them, and you are to help them to come to his embrace.

My children, that is why you must pray for love. You must pray very, very much to have all the more love, because love conquers death and makes life last.

Apostles of my love, my children, with an honest and simple heart unite in prayer regardless of how far you are from each other.

Encourage each other in spiritual growth as I am encouraging you.

I am watching over you and am with you whenever you think of me.

Pray also for your shepherds, for those who renounce everything for the sake of my Son and for your sake. Love them and pray for them.

The Heavenly Father is listening to your prayers. Thank you.

October 2, 2015

With the help of God and Guardian Angels…

It was Fr Brendan’s fifth pilgrimage to Medjugorje. He had never climbed Cross Mountain or Apparition Hill, not even made his way to the Blue Cross. And it wasn’t because he didn’t want to. His physical capability just wouldn’t allow him.

That was until May 2009 when he was asked if he would like to be carried up one of the hills. “I’d love that,” he responded.

And so enquiries were made as to how and when this might be possible. The Cenacolo Community was approached as it was known that the men there sometimes helped carry people in a sedan chair. But on the first approach no definite decision could be reached because of other commitments by the community.

As the week rolled by it looked less likely that Fr Brendan’s dream would materialise but then three days before we were due to return home we were informed that if the weather was suitable (not raining) then Fr Brendan should be brought to the base of Apparition Hill the next morning at 7:00am. There was some rain during the evening prior and we prayed that everything would clear up by the morning.

So on the morning of May 18, 2009 Fr Brendan, Ian, Brendan and myself sat down for breakfast at 6:00am and arranged for a taxi at 6:30am to take us to the base of Apparition Hill in good time for the meet-up with the young men from Cenacolo.

Just after the appointed time the boys from the Cenacolo Community were spotted making their way towards us and we were all very happy to see them. Introductions were made and it was agreed that Fr Brendan would be set down at each station of the Joyful Mysteries to lead the rosary.

It was a very special ascent up the hill to the top where Our Lady’s statue stands. When we reached the summit Fr Brendan stood up for a short while holding onto the railing that surrounds the statue, but not for long, and was helped back into the chair. No other groups were there. Fr Brendan had Our Lady’s full and undivided attention!

And then the helpers from Cenacolo seemed to melt away and leave Fr Brendan alone with Our Lady, posting a ‘guardian angel’ slightly behind him in case he needed any further help. I found this very moving.

Fifteen minutes later, we started to make our descent, by which time large crowds of pilgrims from Italy and French Martinique were making their way up the hill. We were soon back at the base again where we expressed our appreciation to the Cenacolo boys. Without them Fr Brendan’s dream would not have been possible.

A little over four months later, on August 20, 2009, Fr Brendan was called by his Heavenly Father to his eternal rest.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

St Teresa of the child Jesus

The disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” So he called a litle child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, “I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Anyone who welcomes a little child like this welcomes me.” Matthew 18 : 1-5

Dear children! Today I invite you to decide every day for God. Little children, you speak much about God, but you witness little with your life. Therefore, little children, decide for conversion, that your life may be true before God, so that in the truth of your life you witness the beauty God gave you. Little children, I invite you again to decide for prayer because through prayer, you will be able to live the conversion. Each one of you shall become in the simplicity, similar to a child which is open to the love of the Father. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, July 25, 1996

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Spread love and mercy...

Another to whom he said, “Follow me”, replied “Let me go and bury my father first.” But Jesus answered, “Leave the dead to bury the dead; your duty is to go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.” Luke 9 : 59-60

I am calling you to be my apostles of light who will spread love and mercy through the world.
part Medjugorje message, August 2, 2014

Monday, September 28, 2015

Medjugorje pilgrims surprised by bishop’s order…

Fr Leon Pereira OP, the new pastor co-ordinating english-speaking Masses at Medjugorje, has informed pilgrims that the Mostar-Duvno bishop, Ratko Perić, has given orders for pilgrims to receive Holy Communion on the tongue only.

Making the announcement at midday Mass on Sunday, Fr Leon said: “The local bishop has given orders that Holy Communion is to be received on the tongue only, in his diocese. We must respect the local Bishop and I ask my brother priests to respect the authority of the local bishop and be obedient, as this is his directive and this is their local custom and we can’t do what we do back in our own countries.”

Congregation for Divine Worship
and the Discipline of the Sacrament

Redemptionis Sacramentum
On certain matters to be observed or to be avoided regarding the Most Holy Eucharist

91. In distributing Holy Communion it is to be remembered that “sacred ministers may not deny the sacraments to those who seek them in a reasonable manner, are rightly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them”. [177] Hence any baptized Catholic who is not prevented by law must be admitted to Holy Communion. Therefore, it is not licit to deny Holy Communion to any of Christ’s faithful solely on the grounds, for example, that the person wishes to receive the Eucharist kneeling or standing.

92. Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, [178]  if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. [179]

177: Code of Canon Law, can. 843 § 1; cf. can. 915.
178: Cf. Missale Romanum, Institutio Generalis, n. 161.
179: Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Dubium: Notitiae 35 (1999) pp. 160-161.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Medjugorje message, September 25, 2015

Dear children! Also today I am praying to the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts with a strong faith.

Prayer and faith will fill your heart with love and joy and you will be a sign for those who are far from God.

Little children, encourage each other to prayer with the heart, so that prayer may fulfill your life; and each day, you, little children, will be, above all, witnesses of serving God in adoration and of your neighbour in need.

I am with you and intercede for all of you.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mission message

Dear children, I call you to accompany me in my mission of God with an open heart and complete trust.

The way on which I lead you, through God, is difficult but persevering and in the end we will all rejoice through God.

Therefore, my children, do not stop praying for the gift of faith.

Only through faith will the Word of God be light in this darkness which desires to envelop us.

Do not be afraid, I am with you. Thank you.

Medjugorje message, October 2, 2007

Each son or daughter of a given country has a mission, a personal and social responsibility.
Pope Francis meeting with U.S. Congress, September 24, 2015

The ‘style’ of our mission should make our hearers feel that the message we preach is meant ‘for us’.
Pope Francis meeting with U.S. Bishops, September 23, 2015

Go out to all, proclaim by anointing and anoint by proclaiming. This is what the Lord tells us today. He tells us that a Christian finds joy in mission: Go out to people of every nation!
Pope Francis homily for canonisation of Blessed Junipero Serra, September 23, 2015


Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Dear children! Also today I am calling you to be prayer.

May prayer be for you the wings for an encounter with God.

The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God.

Therefore you, little children, be those who seek and love God above all.

I am with you and I am leading you to my Son, but you must say your ‘yes’ in the freedom of children of God.

I intercede for you and I love you, little children, with an endless love.

Thank you for having responded to my call.

Medjugorje message, September 25, 2016

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Counting on his word

My mother and brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice. Luke 8 : 21

Dear children! I want you to understand that I am your Mother, that I want to help you and call you to prayer. Only by prayer can you understand and accept my messages and practice them in your life. Read Sacred Scripture, live it, and pray to understand the signs of the times. This is a special time, therefore, I am with you to draw you close to my heart and the heart of my Son, Jesus. Dear little children, I want you to be children of the light and not of the darkness. Therefore, live what I am telling you. Thank you for having responded to my call.
Medjugorje message, August 25, 1993

Monday, September 21, 2015

Fr Leon moves to Medjugorje

Dominican friar Fr Leon Pereira OP is the new pastor in charge of co-ordinating english-speaking Masses at Medjugorje following the retirement of Fr Kevin Devine who has returned to the U.S. on health grounds.

Fr Leon previously ministered as prior and parish priest at Holy Cross Priory in Leicester and as subprior of St Dominic’s London. He was also the editor of the OP website TORCH.

His first visit to Medjugorje was in September 2009 when he travelled as a spirtual director to a group of pilgrims from Leicester.

Do not close your ears...

So take care how you hear; for anyone who has will be given more; from anyone who has not, even what he thinks he has will be taken away. Luke 8 : 18

Dear children! On this message, which I give you today through my servant, I desire for you to reflect a long time. My children, great is the love of God. Do not close your eyes, do not close your ears, while I repeat to you: Great is his love! Hear my call and my supplication, which I direct to you. Consecrate your heart and make in it the home of the Lord. May he dwell in it forever. My eyes and my heart will be here, even when I will no longer appear. Act in everything as I ask you and lead you to the Lord. Do not reject from yourself the name of God, that you may not be rejected. Accept my messages that you may be accepted. Decide, my children, it is the time of decision. Be of just and innocent heart that I may lead you to your Father, for this that I am here, is his great love. Thank you for being here!
Medjugorje message, March 18, 1996

• What is the interference that stops me from hearing Our Lady’s call and supplication directed to each of us? What is preventing me from listening? What are the distracting voices and other calls in my life that fill my ears so that I am unable to hear and take into my heart her words: “Great is the Love of God!” – the words she used in the Magnificat: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”

I’m sure I am not alone when I can put my hand on my heart and say I was blessed at Medjugorje and I returned home proclaiming the greatness of the Lord in my soul and how the Almighty had done great things for me, that he shown the power of his arm, had routed the pride in my heart and filled my hungry heart with great things, that he came to my aid, mindful of his promised mercy, the promise he made to Abraham and his descendants for ever.

However, it’s not difficult to take incoming calls from many other sources, but it can be difficult to ‘switch off’. The danger for me is when I switch off from listening to the voice and messages of Our Lady and the voice of her Son speaking through Scripture.

Our Lady wants me to receive the call, not keep her on hold or switch off. “Hear my call...” she says, “accept my messages... this is the time of decision.” I wonder what would ever have happened if Our Lady had decided not to accept the message given to her by the angel Gabriel? Her cousin’s husband, Zechariah, doubted what he was hearing when Gabriel made a visit to him earlier. For that he was struck dumb.

So maybe there’s a lesson for me in that. Listen to my Mother, listen and accept her messages. If I decide differently then maybe I will not be able to give voice to all that God would want me to. My tongue will become tied and my soul silent and unable to proclaim the greatness of my Lord.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Proclaiming the Mercy message

Today is Home Mission Sunday. Yesterday Pope Francis set out on a mission of mercy – to Cuba and to the United States. The pontiff (bridge-builder) said he will “do everything possible to build bridges, to remove barriers and to foster communication” between the two countries during his ten-day mission.

Our Lady builds bridges between heaven and earth. She also removes barriers and fosters communication (prayer).

She has been on a mission at Medjugorje for over 34 years and is with us because, as she says, “God, in his mercy, sends me.” Our Lady is a missionary making us fully aware that there is a home from where we have been sent and to where God desires us to return. Through God’s merciful love Mary is chosen to be the bearer of Light along the way.

Pope Francis is a very visible choice to the merciful love of God in the world. Even his papal coat of arms bears the motto: Chosen Through Mercy.

We are all God’s choice, his creation, chosen in different ways to be witnesses and missionaries of his merciful love.

In Mark’s Gospel
(5 : 1-20) Jesus said to the man he had healed of an unclean spirit: “Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in his mercy has done for you.” The man, in fact, had begged Jesus to be allowed to stay with him, but Jesus had other plans. He sent him on a mission. So the man went off and proceeded to spread throughout the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him. And everyone was amazed.

Countless are the unclean spirits that have been banished from the lives of pilgrims visiting Medjugorje these past 34 years. Countless are the resurrections to new life. Countless are the pilgrims who have come to their full senses through the mercy and grace of God present at Medjugorje.

And because of the joy and happiness experienced at Medjugorje it is sometimes very difficult to leave the place – described by some as heaven on earth. But leave we have to. There is a mission to undertake.

The mission that Jesus gave to the man from Gerasene is the same mission Jesus has for everyone visiting Medjugorje, to become a witness to his Divine Mercy and healing.

Invoke the Father, he is waiting for you. Come back to him. I am with you because he, in his mercy, sends me.
part message, November 2, 2009

Dear children, do not be of a hard heart towards the mercy of God, which has been pouring out upon you for so much of your time. In this special time of prayer, permit me to transform your hearts that you may help me to have my Son resurrect in all hearts, and that my heart may triumph. Thank you.
Medjugorje message, April 2, 2007

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A love-match made in Medjugorje

MaryTV is currently transmitting the testimony of a woman named Regina Carroll, from Galway in Ireland. Regina gives witness to an experience of the love of God she encountered on her first pilgrimage to Medjugorje.

I watched it this morning, and then afterwards again with my wife. There were many parts of the testimony we could both identify with.

It also served as a reminder to our own first encounters in Medjugorje with the Holy Spirit and the Queen of Peace.

This Saturday is a double anniversary date for both of us. September 19 is the day I first set foot in Medjugorje. It’s also our wedding anniversary and the reason for my first ever visit to Medjugorje.

For a marriage that had been given little hope of surviving by many who knew both of us well, I was very grateful that we had lasted the course for 30 years at that time. Move on another 15 years for this coming Saturday.

Reflecting on Regina’s testimony and being reminded of these two anniversaries, I began to realise that my first experience of the Medjugorje phenomenon, as it is often referred to these days, is similar to the start of the marriage journey. It’s the beginning of a love encounter which demands faithfulness through all its trials and challenges.

At Medjugorje, I first discovered the loving faithfulness of God in my life; that for all my failings in my relationship with God, He still loved me. He still wanted the marriage to work.

Most marriages and relationships are challenged at times, when the wine can run out.

Staying faithful to all that we have seen and heard at Medjugorje is often a challenge when we go back home. Perhaps that is why so many pilgrims return to Medjugorje – to renew the relationship and have it blessed again.

Nothing more pleases Satan than to see loving relationships destroyed, to come between God and his people. It starts with sowing seeds of doubt and gossip. Pope Francis recently asked the question: “Do we sow seeds of peace, or do we sow seeds of discord?”

Medjugorje is no stranger to the onslaught of doubt and discord. Beside every oasis is the desert. It has been tested in so many ways but has remained intact. The marriage has not ended. The fruits of God’s blessing and faithfulness to Medjugorje are still being produced and witnessed.

In any relationship, communication is so important, hence Our Lady’s regular input with her messages, and her encouragement for us to pray, pray, pray. Without prayer we allow the desert to encroach, the seducer to approach and entice us from the closeness of God’s love with false promises and lies.

In her latest message given to the seer Mirjana on September 2, Our Lady said: “Be faithful to my Son and teach others faithfulness. I am with you. I will help you.”

TEARS AND FEARS… a testimony

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Refugees...

The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.” So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead. Matthew 2 : 13-15

In a special way, little children, I call you to pray for conversion of sinners, for those who pierce my heart and the heart of my Son Jesus with the sword of hatred and daily blasphemies. Medjugorje message, March 25, 1999

I desire to draw you closer to my Immaculate Heart, where you will find refuge and peace. Medjugorje message, January 25, 2012

Monday, September 14, 2015

Joy of the Cross

Dear children! For these days while you are joyfully celebrating the cross, I desire that your cross also would be a joy for you. Especially, dear children, pray that you may be able to accept sickness and suffering with love the way Jesus accepted them. Only that way shall I be able with joy to give out to you the graces and healings which Jesus is permitting me. Thank you for having responded to my call. Medjugorje message, September 11, 1986

This ‘flowing’ image of Our Lady was captured on Thursday, September 14, 2006, Feast of The Triumph of the Cross or The Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The reflection appears on the ‘weeping’ knee of the the Risen Christ sculpture in Medjugorje. The picture card is one that was handed to pilgrims at Fr Jozo Zovko’s talks. The reflection was recorded unintentionally and not planned or composed.

Those familiar with the Risen Christ sculpture will know that water has been ‘weeping’ from the knee area of the structure since the summer of 2000. No ‘official’ explanation of the phenomenon has ever been given.

I didn’t know at the time I had captured this image. I had asked an Italian pilgrim to hold up the prayer card so I could take a photograph, but she kept slapping the card onto the leg of the bronze figure of the Risen Saviour, and so I gave up trying and instead started to pray the Way of the Cross that encircles the tall sculpture.

It was at the sixth station, Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus, that I sensed I should take a look at the pictures I had taken earlier. It was only then I saw what is presented above. There I was, standing in front of the station where Jesus had placed his image on the cloth offered by Veronica, and now holding in my hands a similar gift, an impression of the face of the Blessed Mother which had reflected from the prayer card for just a brief second on the polished leg where water flows out of the Risen Saviour sculpture.

It’s not a ‘miraculous’ photo – I know how it was produced, technically and first hand. At the time, I did wonder if there was a ‘gift’ dimension to what had happened, as I had recently buried my mother and her brother a week earlier.

Weeks later, someone informed me Veronica is the patron saint of photographers!