Angels Watching Over Us
By Joan Anderson

A Miracle Cross

Once again, Lent had a special meaning in 2011 for Loci Lenar of Mine Hill, New Jersey.

During every Lent since 2005, the image of a cross has appeared on his backyard fence, and this year was no exception.

The phenomenon begins in mid-March with sunrays shining on the top of the fence. The rays descend until they touch the ground. They then change into a circle, and the circle slowly disappears. The entire process takes about half an hour, and although many observers have offered theories as to where the light is coming from and why it specifically appears during this time of year, no one has solved the mystery.

Last year I introduced Loci to Guideposts readers when he photographed a strange light shining onto a statue of St. Michael the Archangel in a Denville, New Jersey, chapel. Again, there was no source for the light, despite the attempts of many reliable folks to find one.

Like many Christians, I am fascinated with miracles. I know that most of the amazing things that happen to people can never be “proved,” and some simply have a natural explanation. But when I find someone who experiences the touch of angels and miracles on a regular basis, I’m hooked.

Because these heavenly hugs must mean something. And I’d like to know what!

Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson was born in Evanston, Illinois. She began her writing career in 1973 with family humor articles and was a monthly columnist for two national magazines during the 1980s. Among her 16 books is Where Angels Walk, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year. Her newest book is Angelic Tails: True Stories of Heavenly Canine Companions (Loyola Press).

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Please make note: The Statue of St. Michael the Archangel was photographed inside the Church of St. Michael, Church Street, Netcong, New Jersey. Please change to reflect the correct information. Thank you.

Something similar happened at our school during last holy week:

An Easter Week Vision
By Bart Baca

On Monday April 2, 2012 I and others saw a thin rainbow stretching along the north wall of the second floor at a University in Pembroke Pines, FL, and over the next half hour I watched it as it moved slowly westward along the wall, centered over the drinking fountain. I checked the east windows from which the light was coming and could find no exact source, even though I tried to get between the rainbow and the windows several times. It disappeared in about 20 minutes. I asked students if anyone had seen anything and some did mention seeing a rainbow on the wall being visible over the only drinking fountain.

Being a scientist and anxious to see this phenomenon again I began checking the wall early on Tuesday April 3rd. and saw that it began on its path on the east end of the north wall around 8:15 am. Then, on a descending bluish curtain I saw an image of a cross appear below the rainbow. I ran around the building to get people to look at it and several faculty and students did so, many taking pictures. I snapped this picture at 8:33 am with my cell phone. As the rainbow continued its move westward, the cross disappeared after 8:37 am. The incident was talked about all day and several people got copies from my cell phone. I did not teach on Wednesday so I rushed to work on Thursday but was delayed by traffic, and when I arrived the rainbow and cross were not there. Good Friday was a day off so I could not check the wall. On Monday morning the day after Easter I checked the wall and there were a few flashes of a rainbow but no cross. Later that day I saw a rainbow near the ceiling of the south wall with a small cross below it, but by the time I got my cell phone both were gone. We have not seen anything again.

Thinking about the incident and talking to faculty and students we all felt that something supernatural happened. I wish I could have been there over Easter weekend but the campus was closed. I believe it was some kind of sign announcing the death and resurrection of Jesus. Coincidently, I was working on a contract with a publisher for my Bible study book during the week of the apparition, and the final edits were due the Monday after, so my wife and I finished them on Easter weekend.


Unretouched photo of vision of a cross seen Easter Week on the north wall of the second floor on a university campus in Pembroke Pines, FL. Cross appeared after a thin rainbow (vaguely noticeable in this photo) and seemed to descend from it, surrounded by a pinkish or flesh-colored glow. To the right is the student lounge and the left is the continuation of the wall. The light for the vision must have come through the east (clear) windows but no direct projection link was found, only the horizontal bars from a hand railing.

News Update: Fr. Richard Tartaglia of St. Mary's Parish, Denville, NJ, confirmed the Cross of Light by photographing the image on Good Friday, April 6, 2012 at my residence.

A video with similar signs and his homily regarding the miracle is published on the following link:

Joan, thank you very much for sharing with your readers the good news regarding the "miracle cross." Guideposts visitors can read my testimony and view photographs of the image by connecting to the following link: