News Story by Loci B. Lenar
Saint Michael the Archangel is recognized for being the guardian and protector of God's church and people.
While traveling through the town of Netcong on September 14, 2009, I decided to stop into The Church of St. Michael, located on the corner of Route 46 and Church Street in Morris County, New Jersey. During my visit to this Catholic church, I recited some prayers and photographed the beautiful display of stained glass windows.
Note: After the photographs were taken, I shared the images directly as captured on the camera's digital memory card (before downloading into my computer) with my spiritual advisor, Father Richard Tartaglia of Saint Mary's Church, Denville, NJ. The original digital images were transferred onto a CD for church archives. I also gave a copy of the CD to the youth minister at the Church of Saint Michael to share with parishioners and father Nicholas Bozza, the parish priest.
In my visit to the Blue Army Shrine, I also shared the events and a CD copy of the photographs with Father Paul Ruge, a spiritual advisor at the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA.
Maureen Therese Pinho, a parishioner of The Church of Saint Michael, wrote the following about the photograph: "I was wondering if you realized that St. Michael's parish in Netcong, NJ has 24 hour Perpetual Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. They also have a first class relic of Saint Faustina. The St. Michael statue is in the middle of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel where the Divine Mercy altar and relic of Saint Faustina is located. That could also explain the blessing of such a beautiful photo."
Maureen also attended the One World Praying for Life and Peace at the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA. The Catholic shrine is located in Washington, NJ. During the prayer service of October 18, 2009, Maureen and her children including a friend, all witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. Maureen also took some photographs of the solar phonomena.
Maureen said afterward, "My children and friend and I all saw the same thing with the sun spinning, changing colors, and pulsating as soon as the Hail Holy Queen was finished being recited" (The Holy Rosary). Visitors were praying the rosary with Father Paul Ruge.
The story with photographs can be viewed at the following link: Miracle of the Sun Witnessed at Fatima Shrine in New Jersey.
By Loci B. Lenar
As a Christian and practicing Catholic, the Lord has called me to be a witness to my faith by helping to evangelize the world through the gospels of Jesus Christ with his signs, wonders, and miracles. God the Father through His divine Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the angels, and the Blessed Mother are preparing the world for an era of peace as foretold by Our Lady of Fatima and prophesied in Revelation 20:1-3. I also believe that signs and wonders will increase in order for God to move forward and transform the world. Through graces of salvation and healing the Lord will bring forth a harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God at a scale never before seen in the history of the church.
Through a spiritual locution I received on September 14, 2009, Jesus called for all to join together and "pray for divine protection" in order to mitigate and extinguish violence throughout the world.
In Luke 10:18-19, Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightening from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you."
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. -Proverbs 3:5-6
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? -Romans 8:31
With those words in mind, please do not underestimate the power of prayer. In time of difficulty, pray and invoke the powerful name of Jesus.
As we continue to move forward in our millennium, also pray for God's angelic protection to enfold humanity and the church by visiting the following link and reciting daily the intercessory Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
Loci B. Lenar spoke publicly at St. Mary's prayer service on September 20, 2012, regarding a remarkable photograph that he took of a statue of Archangel Michael in the Church of St. Michael, located in Netcong, New Jersey.
The prayer service held at St. Mary's focused on Michaelmas (Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels). The Catholic church is located on Myers Avenue in Denville, NJ.
Mr. Lenar said, "In order to capture the rainbow that appeared around the statue of Archangel Michael and the display window, I photographed the image without using a flash even though indoor lighting was dim (left photo with darker exposure). There is a distinct shadow appearing around the arms of the statue from the rainbow as well. However, the photograph on the right is taken with the flash on (lighter exposure). With added light the colorful rainbow is diffused. (There is still a visible rainbow around the statue, but it's diffused from the camera flash). Furthermore, after the photographs were taken, I shared the images directly as captured on the camera's digital memory card (before downloading photos into my computer) with my spiritual advisor, Fr. Richard Tartaglia of Saint Mary's Church, Denville, NJ. The original digital images were transferred onto a CD for church archives."
Mr. Lenar also said, "God is both the director and divine light - He sets the timing and place for us to act in response to His instructions. In the motion picture industry, the film director says, 'lights, camera, action.' Therefore, when called by God, we need to respond to His commands. With that in mind, there is significance to the photograph of St. Michael the Archangel and its meaning in the global community. One cannot avoid noticing while watching television programs the ongoing stories of acts of violence reported on network news shows. From the tragic shootings in July of 2012 at Aurora, Colorado, during the midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises to the violence in the Middle East - the question must be raised: Is our world losing control?”