Seeing the Holy in the mundane

When I describe seeing the Holy in mundane things around me, I’m often talking about unexpected grace, mercy, peace, or other such abstract experiences.  Not so, for some of our other Christian brothers and sisters.  When you say “see the Holy” they literally “see the Holy”.  Take for instance, these photos.


Yes, at right is a bonfire which some believe resembles the silhouette of late Pope John Paul II making a blessing.  Amateur photographer Grzegorz Lukasik, took the photo in southern Poland, on April 2, 2007, during a vigil marking the second anniversary of the Polish pope’s death. Data on Lukasik’s digital camera says the picture was taken at 21.37:30, exactly the hour when the pope died.  Of course, the Pope was from Poland, and so his appearance in his home country seems natural.

And we wonder why people don’t take religion seriously.

Pondering Pastor


2 responses to “Seeing the Holy in the mundane

  1. I think that people want to see something spectacular so bad that they come up with things like this. Really it is not that hard to change the time data in a camera to say whatever you wanted. Seeing this I wonder why people would take religion seriously. We must remember though that most of the stories that get press are the ones that aren’t normal. We don’t read about a Christian who just went to church regularly and lived their lives as close to the Bible as they could, that’s boring.

  2. Aw, come on!! It’s sort of like when you tell your kids to look at the clouds in the sky and ask what the shapes remind them of. It’s harmless fun and you have to admit, the shape of that fire DOES look like the late pontiff waving in the other photo, no?

    I don’t think it’s a miracle or any sort of divine revelation maybe some people do but geez, lighten up, Francis!

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