Skip to comments.That Remarkable Photo From the Grotto at Notre Dame
Posted on 12/21/2016 4:46:17 AM PST by marshmallow
I posted something 8 days ago on my Facebook page that has kept me busy with correspondence all week. Its been shared and re-shared (update: thousands and thousands of times) and Ive heard from people from all around the world. Up to this point, I have not shared any thoughts about it. Ive simply shared the photo without much comment. However, since this image was entrusted to me, I feel a responsibility to say a few things. First, let me rehash the story:
A week ago Sunday, due to my poor shower time management (1 shower for 6 people), we experienced a shower production bottleneck and couldnt get everyone through in time to make our customary 11:00 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral. So I bailed out and hit the 11:45 a.m. Mass at Sacred Heart Basilica at Notre Dame. Afterwards, it was snowing that wet and heavy snow. On my way to the parking lot, I instinctively stopped at the Grotto where I was touched by the presence of one lone student kneeling devoutly in prayer. I decided to take a photo because this guy he looked like some kind of athlete didnt move the whole time. Snow was piling up on him. As soon as I took the photo, my iPhone suddenly shut down despite the fact that I had a 42% charge. It was 1:50 p.m.
Nine hours later, when everyone was in bed, I had forgotten all about taking this photo and I went to free up some memory from my phone by deleting things. As I sat at our dining room table, I was astonished to see this image of a vertical cloud directly above the student. When I took the picture, I can assure you that there was nothing there.
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Note that this is at Notre Dame University in Indiana, not Notre Dame in Paris.
My first thought was... it’s snowing. Snow got in front of the lens.
Recognize it....The givaway is the heavy snow.
Seems like that would have showed more as a foreground effect.
That is a very clear image of Mary. It almost looks like a statue.
It’s a snowflake close to the camera.
I thought it was steam. Is there a pipe on the ground inside the grotto at that location, maybe for water or something?
ON second thought, after looking at it more closely, there’s a smaller very similar image to the left...it’s a snowflake falling
I went to college at Notre Dame and know the grotto's sacred spell. At dusk, during a snowstorm, or in the midst of a deep fog, the Notre Dame campus, with many Gothic style buildings can indeed be an enchanting place.
Emerson tried the best he could to capture this feeling in words...
In the woods, is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God, a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods, we return to reason and faith. My head is bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, -- all mean egotism vanishes.
I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.
Nowhere in the article does it mention that this is a representation of the Grotto in Lourdes.
Several years ago I was in Barcelona Spain where I was severely sunburned all over my upper body when I fell asleep on the beach. Two days later I was in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris and was in tortuous pain. My skin was red and super tender. I itched all over and the skin was peeling.
I couldn’t get up the energy to walk around and see the beautiful stained glass and architecture as I was in distress, so I sat in one of the chairs in the front row of the cathedral facing the alter.
I began praying for relief and almost instantly this magical energy moved into my body. It’s hard to describe as it was more in me than on me. It felt like complete full body hug that left a feeling of peace.
As the feeling drifted away I noticed that I no longer itched anywhere. My skin was no longer peeling and the redness was gone. Completely healed instantly. Often when I think of this event the warm hug feeling returns in me and I re-experience it again.
Yes, the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a very special place.
Not Good! The Virgin always appears just before some awful event is about to happen! bad things may well be coming for Indiana!
Thank you for posting, it’s a beautiful photo and story. The Blessed Mother holding the Infant Jesus appeared to my mom shortly before mom passed. What a blessing for mom and for all of us.
Why not get excited about the actual image of JESUS CHRIST the God man instead of some phony photography anomaly?
“Afterwards, it was snowing that wet and heavy snow.”
Looks like some of it got on the lens.
Indeed - a little to the right of center. Amazing.
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