of light in Southern California
8 December 1992, Joann Noriega saw a "big, beautiful cross",
created by the light of the moon, appear on her bathroom window. She had
never seen the image before in the 17 years she had lived in the house
in Montclair, Southern California. Noriega opened and closed the window,
wondering if the cross would go away. But the cross remained. Noriega
got down on her knees and began praying. "It was the Virgin Mary,"
Noriega said. "I had no doubt. I didn't even try to guess at it."
Noriega saw the Virgin on the lighted cross, surrounded by a host of angels
next to her "like the Immaculate Conception." The vision came
after midnight and lasted for more than a week before it disappeared.
The vision of the Virgin on the cross returns every month during the full
Other phenomena have occured in Noriega's home -- additional crosses in
the window, rainbows on the ground, oil seeping from a candle in her bedroom,
and the sound of bells. In her living room are faint photographs, taken
by Noriega at her house, of a man on a cross reaching out to a similar
figure in prayer, and a diamond-shaped figure in the sun.
Because of the cross, and a scent of roses in the house, many people make
a pilgrimage to her house seeking the Virgin Mary's presence. Each week,
Noriega holds a Friday night prayer meeting in her living room. It is
here that the Virgin has been appearing for three years, Noriega says.
Noriega also invites troubled people into her home to help them overcome
despair and renew their faith in God by sharing her miracle with them.
"Inviting people here to pray and see the crosses makes them feel
good," Noriega said. "They can feel the Holy Spirit. They can
feel all these warm feelings."
The cross of light has transformed the lives of many people, including
a former drug addict, Hussem Farach, who said: "I believe I've been
in the worst places in my living hell ... But now I know, whatever happens,
God is there for me. He's already proved it."
Source: Daily Bulletin, Southern California,
from: Share International July/August 1996
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