Lent Day 16 – Like a Flash of Lightning

by Bishop Robert Barron

One of the key visuals in the story of the Transfiguration is the divine light that radiates from Jesus. Matthew says, “His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” Luke reports, “His clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning.” And Mark says, “His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them.”

This light seems to signal the beauty and radiance of a world beyond this one, a world rarely seen, and only occasionally glimpsed, amidst the griminess and ordinariness of this world.

Is this beautiful and radiant world ever seen today? Let me share a few stories with you. When I was traveling recently, I met a man who, as a young man, encountered St. Padre Pio, the famous stigmatist. He was privileged to serve his Mass. During the elevation of the host, after the consecration, this man noticed something remarkable: there was a glow around the holy man’s hands. Years later when he heard reports of “auras” he said to himself, “That’s what I saw that day.”

Malcolm Muggeridge, the English journalist and convert to Catholicism, was filming Mother Teresa for a documentary. One day, the electricity was out, and he bemoaned the fact that he had to film her without lights, convinced that the day would be lost. But when the film was developed, he noticed that the scenes were beautifully lit, and it appeared as though the light was coming from her.

And I know this might be a bit of a stretch, but there is scientific speculation that the marks on the shroud of Turin, the holy icon thought by many to be the burial shroud of Christ, were caused by a burst of radiant energy—light energy.

From the time of the earliest disciples, the holy followers of Jesus were pictured with halos above their heads. What is a halo if it is not the divine light breaking into our world today?


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  • concerned citizen

    thank you Bishop Barron. The story of Malcolm also touched me. And what made it even more awesome was that the other segments of the film that he took under better lighting conditions came out with less clarity and of inferior quality. If I remembered correctly, Malcolm converted to Catholicism before he died.

    With regards the light, I wonder if this is the same light that people with near death experience see. How about the flash of lightning that struck Saul? Was it really lightning or could it have been Jesus? Because he heard the voice of Jesus.

    I also got to read that book theorizing that it could have been the resurrection of Jesus that caused the unexplained figure at the Shroud of Turin. The scientist based this theory on his observation that the atomic bomb dropped in Japan caused such a bright light when it exploded that the shadow of one building left its imprint on the other building. I think that until now the imprint is still there in that building.

    Imagine if that were true, then we have the physical evidence of His Resurrection. Of course there is really no need for it, but still.

  • denis

    Also interesting : we hear a lot about ‘light years’ …light coming from the far reaches of the universe that takes millions of light years to reach us . Light over darkness .

  • Wm. Thomas Sherman

    And were it possible for a devil or an angel of light to recreate or mimic such phenomena (e.g., bright, shining white garments) what would you say to that? How does one specifically tell and distinguish the fake from the real? Because people “say” someone is a saint, therefore that someone could not themselves be a ( well meaning) dupe or else, alternatively a conscious fraud? How does one tell? This is no small point; for it seems to me that what in past times has been interpreted as divine and heavenly may — in a given instance — been nothing more than rank imposture; with, among other results, the Catholic Church, or at least some of its members, being taken in. And I say this as a Catholic, not a scoffer.

    • concerned citizen

      That’s a very interesting point you raise, Thomas. Although I have not heard any story of a devil appearing in the light. Have you? Could it be because he is the prince of darkness? And Jesus is the Light. Or could it be his true appearance, an ugly hideous figure (as described by the children at Fatima) would easily show if a light shown on him? These are just random thoughts.

    • Anton D

      To discern, can we use what Jesus said :
      – ‘A tree is known by its fruit.’

      And fruit of the Holy Spirit is:
      – ‘charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, chastity.’

    • Dude_Abides

      Ah yes I suppose anything is possible in today’s world. Anton references Matthew 7:16 and the previous verse talks to your concern Thomas.
      “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matt 7:15
      May I say your name conjures up a name from the the Bible.
      “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” But when Jesus appeared later and invited Thomas to touch his wounds and behold him, Thomas showed his belief by saying, “My Lord and my God”.
      Jesus then said, “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.” John 20:24-29
      It takes a leap of faith.

    • http://www.gunjones.com Wm. Thomas Sherman

      Points all well taken (my first name [Wm. abbreviated] is William by the way), and yes we can find some answers to this concern in scripture, e.g., “Judge not by appearances, but by the truth,” “Beloved, don’t believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God,” and such as are quoted already. One of my greatest concerns is what Dudes-Abides states ” Yes anything/everything is possible, esp. in today’s world.” People are so fooled by image, pretense, fancy spectacle, hoopla — while candor, honesty, right reason hardly (and for many) even matter. Jesus is the truth and the light — not the rhetoric and billion-dollar special effects.

      • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

        Wm, ,
        Discernment! Testing the entities in question is wanting. When in doubt, ask the Holy Spirit, in Jesus Name, “Is this of God or is it the deception of the evil one and/or his henchmen”?

        On the cother hand the Gift of Discernment is a gift from God for the person to whom it has been given, discerns the difference at that moment. You know the difference!
        It cannot be explained how or why but it is often a call for prayer for that person immediately.
        This is not exorcism but via prayer through and by and in the Name of Jesus to defend that person against further deception of which they often are unaware!


        The Prayer Warrior

      • Dude_Abides

        Yes amen William Thomas – I did mention your ‘middle’ name plus your lament – conjured up the doubting Thomas from Scripture in me.
        I too share your concerns about the world as it is. Those poor people/souls you mention are lost, as their god is money. The materialistic trinkets, the schwag, and bling-bling are their sacred golden calf in which they genuflect to and worship.
        Pray for them, that they may see the light. For there will come a day of reckoning.
        (Moses and the sons of Levi [Exodus 32:26-28])

  • ber

    Interesting lovely stories bishop Barron how would you follow that I guess God is light the universe is bathed in light also God could not create darkness because there is no darkness in him I believe Adam and eve were also created with this light but sinning made them reflect that darkness or shadow does God have a shadow not sure I have heard that the devil has appeared as an angle of light but a lie will always be exposed especially if you yourself are in a state of grace we are children of light but due to the sin of our parents we will carry a shadow unless you are a saint I guess I’m tempted to use a little humour here but will refrain I believe in the new creation there will be only light no shadows or darkness for the lord himself will walk among us and light despells all darkness (can’t wait) blessings for your day may you be bathed in light

  • Linda McKendry

    We were fortunate to be able to travel to greece and were outside Mary’s house. John took her there and she lived in this house. As I stood there I started to cry. My husband said why? I said look. Above the house and through the leaves of the trees I saw a cross with rays around it. I know it was the lord. I captured it in a photo.

    This same image will be on my husbands grave stone. Rest in peace my love.

  • Penelope

    I love your reflections Bishop Barron. They remind me not to give up when things get dark in my life, but to look for signs of God’s Presence that is always breaking into my life, if only I have eyes to see.
    Open the eyes of my heart, Lord…I want to see you…

    God bless you, Bishop Barron, and God’s blessings to you too, my brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ!

    • Heidi Cole

      That is a beautiful thought Penelope. Thank you!

      • Penelope

        You are so welcome, may God bless you, my sister!

  • Tasha

    Radiating Christ Prayer by Cardinal Newman. It seems Cardinal Newman was one of Mother Teresa’s intercessors.

    This Prayer was recited daily after Communion by Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and her Sisters of Charity. This Prayer is also known as the Fragrance Prayer. Cardinal Newman was as an Anglican priest, who converted to Roman Catholicism in 1845 at the age of 44, and was subsequently ordained a Catholic priest. He was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on September 19, 2010.

    Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance wherever I go.
    Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
    Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly, that my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
    Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul.
    Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
    Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.
    The light, O Jesus, will be all from You; none of it will be mine.
    It will be you, shining on others through me.
    Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
    Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example, by the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.

    • ber

      Beautfull prayer tasha thank you for sharing

      • Tasha

        You’re welcome; my pleasure

    • Dayna Ellis

      Thank you for sharing this lovely prayer. I copied it to keep.

    • Mel

      Thanks Tasha, beatiful prayer. Can I copy and share it with others please, x

      • Tasha

        Yes, Mel, you may copy and share Cardinal Newman’s prayer with others.
        A Missionaries of Charity Sister gave me a booklet “Jesus is my All in All” – a Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
        The prayer is inside the back cover.

        Bishop Barron’s mention of Mother Teresa and Malcolm Muggeridge’s incident during the filming reminded me of this prayer.

        Finally, this passage is from today’s breviary (1960):
        “I saw men standing together, clad in shining raiment, and the Angel of the Lord spake unto me, saying:
        * These men are holy, for they are the friends of God.”
        http://divinumofficium.com/cgi-bin/horas/officium.pl (Section 18)

  • Mary Van Ruyven

    Thanks Bishop Baron for a “tip of the hat” to The Shroud of Turin. Modern science, despite it’s advanced knowledge, still can’t say for sure how the shroud was created, but a burst of light resembling “the big bang” makes sense. March 2nd to 6th an exhibit exploring the Shroud of Turin will be on display at St. Alfred’s Church in St. Catharines, Ontario (Canada). This exhibit includes a replica of the shroud, a heap of scientific evidence and speakers including members of the team that investigated the shroud in 1978. http://www.saintcd.com/2016/02/st-alfred-parish-hosts-shroud-exhibit/

  • Nancy Rynders

    My favorite gift of nature is when sun rays are breaking through the clouds, coming straight down to Earth. That is the light of the Creator. These stories of saints who radiated light inspire me to think of my own journey to sainthood…..I need to shine light on others, as well. It may not be visible to the eye or camera, but hopefully felt in their hearts.

  • Elizabeth

    Meeting Dorothy Day 7 years before she died, was the first time I saw the face of this holy woman radiate the peace that goes beyond understanding. I don’t remember what she told us that day, but I still envision her radiant face. The second person with a peace- filled face was Corrie Ten Boom, author of the Hiding Place. These two women persevered through their very different sufferings. Through the grace of God they pronounced Jesus as our Savior. Thank you Bishop Robert Barron for this reminder to persevere in faith so we, too, can be a reflection of how to live with love through Jesus’ example and teaching. May we, too, radiate the love of Jesus to the world.

    • Heidi Cole

      What two amazing experiences you had meeting extraordinary women. Thank you for sharing this, it gave me pause and the feeling of the life of Christ through their devotion. (And yours.)

      • Elizabeth

        To me they are a reminder there are those who unite themselves with God and walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

  • Anton D

    ‘This light seems to signal the beauty and radiance of a world beyond this one, a world rarely seen, and only occasionally glimpsed, amidst the griminess and ordinariness of this world.’

    And yet my faith is shaky. . . weighed down by the cares / worries of this world.

    • Mary

      Anton, I just finished a book called IMAGINE HEAVEN. Even though it is from a Protestant view it sheds light on this subject. People with near death experiences have several things in common. Jesus and God illuminate heaven and are the brightest light you could ever imagine. It’s a good read and make me realize how merciful God is to us, reaching out even as we ‘die’!

    • concerned citizen

      Anton, we say in the Nicene Creed, that Jesus, is Light from Light, True God from True God. In the Transfiguration, Jesus showed or rather revealed the glory of His Divinity which was hidden behind the veil of His Humanity. Some would interpret this, as a glimpse of the Beatific Vision. And I would tend to agree with this interpretation because Jesus is the Face of God. That’s why His Face shone like the Sun, because He is Light from Light.
      It was only a glimpse of the Beatific Vision because Peter, James and John are sinners and have not been purified. If it were more than a glimpse, they would have died.

      It was described by I think Blessed Anne Emerich or one of the mystics, that in the Annunciation, when Mary gave her Fiat, there were flashes of “lightning” that struck her womb as the Word became Flesh.

      • ber

        Hi concerned I’m reading among bible Catherine Emmerich about the passion of Christ recommend her books good reading for lent you are so right Peter ect wer ordinary people sinners yet experienced an amazing moment of grace how could they ever forget such a sight yet Peter went on to deny Christ I think it gives us great hope however great the graces he gives we must always be on guard just thinking if Jesus would give us such a moment we think we can’t go wrong ?? More reason to be on guard I think

        • concerned citizen


          We should never stop praying because the devil never stops tempting us either. The graces that we receive today in my opinion is only good for today. I based this belief on the Our Father where we asked God for our daily bread. That is why we should continue praying everyday to continue receiving graces also everyday. Praying the Holy Rosary devotedly everyday is an assurance we will be able to overcome the strongest temptations that come our way. Peter perhaps did not continue to pray so the graces he received in the Transfiguration were soon lost. Maybe John did and that is why he had the strength to be with Jesus at the foot of the Cross. Mary was always full of grace so she was also there at the foot of the Cross.

          • ber

            Thank you concerned you have indeed given me food for thought I will reflect on your words blessings

    • Mary Christopher

      I will pray the rosary for you. Whatever your worries are, I’m sorry and I know they are very real. Place them in Mary’s hands to carry them to Jesus. She did that for me when I had cancer in 2003 and was given 6 months to 2 years to live. Here I am, totally healthy, thank you God! Pray the rosary for mental and bodily health, and I will pray with and for you. God bless you, Anton, and keep you close to Him.

      • Anton D

        Thank you. Will do the same.
        May God Bless you and your family.

    • Bill Ferry

      I find that Divine Light can take many forms, not just human. It’s why I look to shoot and share it with others. It is a good Rx for those very cares and worries of the world that we all experience Anton. I’d be glad to share my web/blog sight with you if you want more.

      • http://www.ourladyofthepearl.com Ouida Tomlinson

        I would love to see your photography. What is your web address? Would it be ok if I occasionally use one on a blog post at http://www.ourladyofthepearl.com (my Franciscan website) or my personal site at https://thewayofthesoulsdesire.wordpress.com/ . Occasionally I am looking for beautiful scenes from nature such as the one here. It is beautiful. Thank you.

        • Bill Ferry

          You can find my work at http://www.ferrytrails.com. You are welcome to link to any or if you have a special request I’d be glad to try to assist. Every Friday is an “art” photograph; the rest of the posts are often a chronicle of the things we’ve seen on our travels. You can also contact me via the site. Thank you for your kind words.

          • Anton D

            Thank you for the link. Some very beautiful and uplifting images there!

            I just felt like posting these words again and have done it a number of times before :)
            “Art, like love, is not for ourselves alone. It is first for God, and then for our neighbor. The greatest art helps lift our neighbors to God, even our neighbors who have not been born yet. It is not a passing thrill, but an inspiration for the ages.”
            “The trumpet of imagination like the trumpet of the Resurrection, calls the dead out of their graves.”
            – G.K. Chesterton

      • that florida lady

        Where are you from? Are you another beach person? Cool… Thank God for all his beach people. :)

        • Bill Ferry

          The far Northwest on an island not far from Seattle. Perhaps God gives us beach people an extra helping of beauty?

  • Rose Connolly

    Thanks! I never associated light with other events like this and you put it all together. Especially interesting is the halos which we only see in art.

  • ckelly

    “not a bit of a stretch” but spot on!

  • D Blyth

    Very interesting!

  • Dayna Ellis

    Light: a source of comfort for all. If we have the Light of our Lord Jesus Christ within us, we are told to never hide it under a basket but to let it shine forth to aid, comfort and call forth others. Even in the darkness, we the baptized in the body of Christ have a tiny spark to light our way. Ignite that spark into a fire, and we can lead others to our Savior!

  • Patrick Cassidy

    Oh, how I long for the day when our Lord returns and darkness and sin will be no more! May His light fill all the corners of the world and may we be consumed wholly by the Glory of God!

  • Ann OHara

    Also pregnant women are aware of the life within them as a light…

  • kayeloney@cox.net

    Yes this light does radiates from some people the one’s you know are Holy. Have you never watched a Priest walk down the aisle to the altar some Priest look as if they are walking on air. These Priest are truly united to Christ, ( all Priest when dress in persona Christie are Jesus from the time they take up the vestments) some are Holier then others. I have heard of people seeing the Eucharist in veiled in light when the Priest alleviates the Host. I also know that if Catholic truly knew the Power the Love the Adoration of the Eucharist unveiled they would die of Love, no one would stand unless given Grace from Heaven.

    • http://www.irishmike.org/ Michael Lee Cornwell

      Hi Kaye,

      Your final statement is absolutely true!

      I have never seen the “glow” around others but I have “felt it”.
      It is like “an extention” of God’s Love for that person.

      It is sort of like walking into a force field!

      Thank you,


    • gestr

      My son said, when he was a child, he would always see a halo of light around the priest when he was at the altar.

  • Corine Richenelle

    Thank you Bishop Barron and all of you sharing on the importance of Light at the Transfiguration, on Saul and when our Christ risen from the grave.
    I`m thinking about our Holy Mother Mary, St Joseph, Zachariah and the girls at Fatima when the Angels of Light appears to them. It`s like a mix feelings they were afraid but their hearts were full with joy knowing that it was the Angels of Light…Should be a very amazing moments…Let`s this Light always shine on us so that we can be a light to others in Jesus name:- Mighty to save- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6SOnNyH3fQ

  • Dude_Abides

    O wondrous type, O vision fair
    of glory that the Church shall share
    Which Christ upon the mountain shows
    where brighter than the sun He glows
    With shining face and bright array
    Christ deigns to manifest today
    What glory shall be theirs above
    who joy in God with perfect love.

    *taken from Coelestis formam gloriae (15th-century Latin hymn)
    ref. Tabor Light – wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabor_Light)

  • Bobbie Paxton

    Beautiful and fascinating at the same time…wonderful take on the Shroud. Thank you.

  • Juan

    Very interesting perspectives on the auras/glows that emanate from very holy people. I am actually currently reading a book by Patricia Treece called “The Sanctified Body”. It is related to mystical phenomenon that accompany holy people, particularly Catholic saints. She is Catholic and I am actually reading the chapter now related to the phenomenon of light emanating from Catholic saints. God bless…

  • Perry

    Reminds me of Jesus’s words to St. Faustina (Diary, 1601)

    Chosen souls are, in My hand, lights which I cast into the darkness of the world and with which I illuminate it. As stars illumine the night, so chosen souls illumine the earth. And the more perfect a soul is, the stronger and more far-reaching is the light shed by it. It can be hidden and unknown, even to those closest to it, and yet its holiness is reflected in souls even to the most distant extremities of the world.

    • Susanrose

      How beautiful, be reminded, that choose souls are in the hands of our Lord
      Beautiful, St Faustina pray for all souls


  • Corine Richenelle

    I like the citations of St Faustina, Perry. Praise to our Lord, Jesus

  • Gary

    We always have to be on guard with unusual or miraculous signs. Someone said the truth will be known by the fruit is produces. Remember that Satan is a great deceiver and can appear as light. St. Paul has this to say in 2 Cor. 13-14 “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

  • Ruthie Guidry

    I don’t find that a stretch at all.

  • Corine Richenelle

    Hi Gary, Have a question for you. How do we know that we are in communication with Satan instead of an angel of Light ? Sometimes, it happens, that I think that I’m speaking with my Guardian Angel but my friends tell me to be careful.. Can you bring a light of discernment for me, please ?
    thank you

    • Gary

      That is a good tough question. I know that there is a Spiritual battle going on all around us. Good angels doing battle with bad angels with the good angels there to protect us. I suppose that I depend on the Holy Spirit to guide me in discernment. Here are some of the things you might want to consider when talking to your guardian angel, and I see no problem with talking to your Guardian Angel. Some people even give them names.
      1. God and his angels will never tell you anything that contradicts what is found in the Bible.
      2. A message from God’s angels will always be in the Spirit of Christ.
      3. A genuine encounter with a good angel will always glorify God, not the angel, and draw attention to God and not the angel.
      4. God’s angels do not grant one person’s selfish wishes at the detriment of others.
      5. Prayer should be used to conform the authenticity of an encounter with an angel.
      I hope this helps. Remember that “He who is in you is greater then he who is in the world”
      Jesus in me loves you.

      • Corine Richenelle

        Good morning Gary. Thank you so much for your explanations which is very helpful as this question has been for so long in my head.
        Luckily, you are here, you my “Spiritual Guide”.
        Thank you for being here for me and serving our Lovely God. May God always bless you and your family

        • Gary

          Praise God. You are my sister in Christ.

  • http://www.ourladyofthepearl.com Ouida Tomlinson

    My son was with my mother when she died in the hospital. I was on the phone with him a few minutes later. Through his tears, he said that her face was radiate with light. At first I did not know what to say, but then told him that she had come into God’s presence and that the radiance was a reflection of His glory.

    • Susanrose

      Thank you for sharing…
      How beautiful to be able to experience the heavenly courts coming for our love ones. This I was told about my dad death by my sisters and brothers who were there to witness his death. His face had a luminous, bright light and a peaceful look just before leave this world, he raised his arms up to the heavens, brought them back down and left this earthly life. As I was told there was such a joy and love during his passing, it was hard for them to describe. I just arrived in minutes after of his passing. But the next day there was such a joy, love, peace, that I was experiencing. which I felt guilty because, I just lost my dad. I should be crying not feeling this beautiful, peacefulness. I even asked one of my sister, am I supposed to be feeling this way, I should be crying, then I ask her, do you feel what I feel, this beauty and joy and she said, yes! Then later I came to know it was the Holy Spirit comforting us..

  • that florida lady

    I love how Jesus said “let your light shine”. Staying positive can be a stretch sometimes even when doing the easy things. Sincere prayers for everyone this lent. >cheesy smile< Maybe it is about surrender, dear Bishop…?

  • Susanrose

    Thank you for sharing…
    How beautiful to be able to experience the heavenly courts coming for our love ones. This I was told about my dad death by my sisters and brothers who were there to witness his death. His face had a luminous, bright light and a peaceful look just before leave this world, he raised his arms up to the heavens, brought them back down and left this earthly life. As I was told there was such a joy and love during his passing, it was hard for them to describe. I just arrived in minutes after of his passing. But the next day there was such a joy, love, peace, that I was experiencing. which I feel guilty because, I just lost my dad. I should be crying not feeling this beautiful, peacefulness. I even asked one of my sister, am I supposed to be feeling this joy to celebrate, I should be crying, then I ask her, do you feel what I feel, this beauty and joy and she said, yes! Then later I came to know it was the Holy Spirit comforting us..


  • gestr

    Bishop, please don’t be timid about proclaiming what the NASA scientists found: that the Shroud’s image was formed by scorching the top layers of fabric by an intense light that emanated from the corpse. The Inverse Square Law is not “speculation.” It is one of the laws of physics that: The intensity of light from a source is inversely proportional to the square of its distance from the source. This property is exactly displayed via the Shroud’s image: the image’s intensity varies inversely to its distance from the corpse. That is why computer software can show that the image displays three dimensional qualities, unlike ordinary artwork. No human artist– even to this day– can produce/forge a work with that property, which proves the source of the scorching light was the corpse. An artist or forger of the Middle Ages would not even think of producing a work with that property. God subtly has left us “the sign of Jonah” which could only be correctly interpreted by the science of our age. The NASA scientists’ reports boldly asserted that the scorch marks on the Shroud came from a light emanating from the corpse. The Church should have shouted this from the housetops.

    • kayeloney@cox.net

      The incessant can see much more easily then adult can, because of their purity. Your Son has a great gift. I have read that the Shroud was given to those that buried Jesus as a gift, and a future testament to the Apostle’s and the faithful. I believe it was in Anna Catherine Emmerich book on the Cruifixation of Jesus. Yes the Catholic should have shouted NASA founding out.

  • Pam List

    My son asked me one during the Consecration if there would be smoke. Maybe he was not that far off from the truth.

  • Wanda Gresko

    when I visited Auschwitz a few years ago, I looked at many photo’s taken by the Nazi’s of prisoners (they were meticulous with documenting all they imprisoned and even killed) They were lined up 3 deep down the entire length of the bunkers they kept prisoners in. Most faces showed terror or fear. Many showed hate. A very few showed a calmness totally unexpected at being there. One especially affected me and my son pointed out that she was a saint. Saint Edith Stein. Total appearance of peace. A few childrens pictures also showed peace.

  • Angie Freeman

    Very interesting topic for me personally. Sometimes I can see an aura around a speaker’s upper body, particularly around the head area. Not always, just occasionally. It’s usually white. I wonder if this is what I’m experiencing. I’m 62, converted last year from the Baptist faith, always very spiritual. This has been happening maybe the past 10 years or so.

  • rtclovesmac

    Lord let your light shine on me and those who call upon Your name!

  • Linda Dokey

    May the Light of Christ be before us Always. Amen
    Thank you Bishop Barron. GOD BLESS

  • Brenda Zolli

    One incident that happened during a meeting of our prayer group a few years ago, stays with me.
    We had one member, Helen, whom I consider very holy. Despite her being only a few years older than me, she is my spiritual mother. A simple, humble and prayerful woman, someone whom most people would pass by without a second glance.
    One evening when we were all deep in intercessory prayer, another member, a little French Canadian elderly lady, who was usually very quiet, suddenly burst out with ” Helen, I can see fire coming from the top of your head!”
    She was seeing the Holy Spirit as tongues of fire, just as described in Scripture.

  • Kathiehc

    I appreciate these reflections on the details of the Transfiguration.
    Seeing halos will have new meaning for me now!

  • Mary Jane Madeline

    A day late but thank you Bishop Barron for another inspiring reflection. Always very good comments as well. God bless all.

  • EiNap

    This is a lovely prayer Tasha. I have copied it also. thanks for sharing it. I have met many people with the “glow”. During my time at graduate school, I met a man named David who was from the panhandle part of Texas. Almost every word that flowed from his mouth praised God and was sacred scripture. He said in in such an eloquent and spontaneous way that it didn’t sound preachy. It was quite lovely & he really glowed. He was Christian. I am not sure if he was Catholic. He may have been. I also believe John Paul II had the glow and many Catholic nuns, such as Sister Theresina Flannery, of Mount St. Mary, House of Prayer based in Watchung, NJ have the “glow”. I take classes there sometimes. We all have some sort of glow because the Holy Spirit indwells in us. You can see it most people if you look beyond the exterior. Some have it in speech Word, others in Faith in Action which is also the Word. It may be off-topic, but I really like St. Augustine’s quote made singular or plural – “O Lord, my heart is restless until they find rest in thee”.