I went to St. Joseph’s Basilica on Sunday and I was early for confession. The confessor never showed up. While I was there I walked up the nave towards the altar and suddenly I saw something that looked like an inter-dimensional gateway like those that appear in science fiction movies sometimes. It was something like a big ellipse about 10 to 12 ft wide and about 4 to 6 ft tall. I could see it floating straight in front of me. The thing seemed to be alive. I thought I was having a stroke and my vision was being affected, I looked to the side to grab a seat and I did not see it anymore.
I turned my gaze back towards the altar and it reappeared. It was a beautiful multicolored object, elliptical in shape, formed by squares or rectangles about 4 inches wide that resembled mirrors or pieces of glass of many colors, some were transparent and they seemed to vibrate. I could not quite fix my gaze on the object itself because it disappeared as soon as I focused my attention on it, I could only see it with my peripheral vision as long as I was looking straight ahead towards the sanctuary.
It lasted for two or three minutes and then it stopped. It was getting late and father confessor did not show up, so I returned home. The following day Monday the 19th was a holiday here in BA so I returned for the evening Mass. I went to Confession before Mass.
When Mass ended, the priest informed us that every 19th day of the month, in honor of St Joseph, there is a procession around the Basilica, the Procession of the Seven Altars of St. Joseph that grants a Papal Plenary Indulgence to all those who participate, pray, receive Holy Communion and go to Confession.
I wonder if I was purposely delayed on Sunday (by St Joseph?) so that I was forced to return on the 19th to benefit from the plenary indulgence. If I had found a confessor the day before I would have not returned and I would have missed the opportunity. The last 48 hours were very strange. Something’s afoot…
If anyone knows of anyone ever seeing something similar to what I described here, please let me know. May be it was an optical illusion of some sort, may be it was something supernatural. Someone who wanted me to keep my eyes fixed on the altar?
Whatever it was, it was something beautiful to behold.
NOTE ON NOVEMBER 20: I believe I saw an optical illusion. Sunlight projected from the crystal chandeliers that hang at both sides of the Basilica. The timely appearance of that ellipse of light I cannot explain though.
A DEAR READER EXPLAINS THE MYSTERY
Hi Carlos, I went to your blog and read and saw what was there. Maybe it was supernatural, but also, maybe you had an ocular migraine, and no headache of pain has to occur at that time. The two links explain below explain.
I get migraines often enough. I have seen colours, but not in the same design as you did. Sometimes I see turqouise or red or green … iridescent colours. Sometimes I see beautiful sparkles in sunlight, more peripherally, when looking away from the sun. The first time that I saw the sparkles, they kept increasing until they were actually blocking out being able to see very well at all, the trees and buildings. In a minutes or so, they started to fade away. I have also had pain extreme and nausea, etc. I take rizatriptan when I know a migraine is coming on – for the kind which has pain and nausea. The others of colours and sparkles, since nearly always no pain, then no medication.
Jesus’ dear blessings to you and yours,
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I believe our friend is right. I looked at the links provided and there it was! So, it was not miraculous, just a form of optical illusion most likely caused by my old reading glasses which I have to upgrade and replace as soon as I can.
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