"... in the second coming of Jesus Christ,
Mary must be known and openly revealed by the Holy Spirit
so that Jesus may be known, loved and served through her.”
St. Louis de Montfort
"... one of the signs of our times
is that the announcements of 'Marian Apparitions'
are multiplying all over the world."
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
The Internet giant, Google, has many ambitious projects. One of their services provides free videos of views while driving on streets around the globe. During such a drive, a surprising view was captured over Lake Quarten in Switzerland.
In the video, just after the 40 second mark, we see that the camera pans into the sky. There, in the clouds, is what looks like a hazy image of a tall, thin man in a dark robe and a shorter woman in a flowing pink robe, topped with a white mantle. Notice also that, after driving away, the images are seen again around the 0:45, 1:15, 1:30 and 1:50 marks.
Some cynics have offered very feeble attempts to discredit the video by claiming that there is a smudge on the lens. At least a bit more plausible, however, is the criticism of those who claim (without any proof, of course) that the still photos of this phenomenon have been altered by using Photo Shop software. This is a prank that has become common on the Internet. However, I am not sure (with my admittedly limited knowledge) that the video, above, could have been as easily manipulated as a still picture could be.
Regardless of the authenticity of the apparently miraculous image, I am surprised at the comments that are emerging online. While some suggest that it may reveal an image of God and His son, few even consider that it could be another Marian apparition. Who else would be wearing a pink gown?
If we are witnessing a truly miraculous sight, it seems most plausible to me that it is of the Virgin Mary and either St. Joseph or Jesus Christ.
However, it is a sad reality of modern times that, whenever these faith-affirming videos or pictures appear online, there is usually scathing criticism, often laced with foul language. For some, every apparently miraculous image only enhances their faith in their own infallibility and their imagined superiority over "ignorant and gullible Christians."
Of course, we should not base our faith in God on any apparent miracle. Neither, however, should we mock it.