to requests for more information
a lady, who occasionally attends the weekday noon Mass at Holy Rosary
Church in Portland, tipped me that some people who had received the Special
Photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe want more information about the
Special Photograph and also about me (who took the photograph and
distributes it). Until
now, I have been hesitant to publicly reveal my life story, but if it can
be helpful in understanding the truths of the photograph, I am willing to
make it known.
I also wish to make it clear that I did not know what was happening
until I received the processed and printed photograph and did not
participate in the planning, making, or processing of this photograph at
had I dreamed the possibility of altering the Image of Our Lady of
Guadalupe in any way.
If any person, of course, other than God Himself and Our Lady, plan
or try such an act, it will be a serious sacrilege and crime. At
the same time, we should be careful not to neglect something that has
credible evidences so that it can be safely accepted and believed as the
fruits of God‘s Work for His purpose.
Below are a copy of my report to Archbishop Alexander Sample and
some more information.
THE SPECIAL PHOTOGRAPH
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
this photograph was taken and how individuals have been responding
August 15, 1991, Solemnity of Our Lady's Assumption, my family: my mother
in a wheelchair, my wife, our 11 year-old son, and myself attended the 10
a.m. Mass in the chapel of the National Shrine of Our Sorrowful Mother in
Portland, Oregon. The chapel was packed with hundreds of people from
Portland and nearby towns, as the Missionary Image of Our Lady of
Guadalupe from Mexico was on display in the chapel. After the Mass, many
people were surrounding the Image, touching it, praying, and taking
photographs. After most of them left and there were only about a dozen
people still praying before the Image, I took a photograph of the same
Image for the purpose of keeping the photograph in our living room. As an
immigrant from Korea in 1972 (my age was 27; naturalized in 1982), I knew
little about Our Lady of Guadalupe in the first several years, but
gradually deepened my knowledge of and love for the Image. The film was
developed at Costco after my son Chris and I returned from our first trip
to Europe (8/19 ̶ 30, 1991). The purpose of this trip was to meet a
British business person in Germany and to make a pilgrimage to Lourdes,
for which I had longed for years.
we picked up the photographs at Costco, we were puzzled over an unexpected
image looking like the Eucharist on the tip of Our Lady's folded hands in
one of the photographs. We were amazed, but did not even imagine that it
could be miraculous. But we still wondered how this image of the Eucharist
appeared exactly on the tip of Our Lady's hands. The size of this image
was also the same as that of the Eucharist received by lay faithful during
Mass. Chris and I went back to the shrine and were convinced that there
was no light source in the chapel that could cause the reflection of an
image looking like the Eucharist in a photograph.
more people saw this photograph and expressed their amazement. A lady, the
manager of a Marian center in Portland, said that this photograph was an
important blessing. Another lady in Scottsdale, Arizona said that there
was an image of the Holy Spirit above the Blessed Mother's right shoulder.
A young man in Sparks, Nevada, wrote that he could not sleep all night
because he was totally absorbed in this photograph. A Korean lady in Los
Angeles asked me to send 100 copies of this photograph and, after
receiving them, told me that she and her husband smelled a strong
fragrance of roses from the photographs when they opened the package and
asked me if I sprayed perfume on the photographs. We, of course, had not
even imagined such a possibility. A priest in Alabama, whose name I cannot
remember (it was in 1991) but whom we saw many times on EWTN, must have
received a photograph from a layperson and sent us letters several times
with enthusiasm and requesting more copies. Mr. Dan Lynch, a lawyer and
the Director of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe Apostolate
in St. Albans, Vermont, was in Portland and visited the chapel of the
National Shrine of Our Sorrowful Mother in 1994. He seemed deeply
impressed by the beauty and holiness of the chapel and especially by the
huge painting on the front wall of the Holy Trinity bestowing the royal
crown on Our Lady. He was pleased when I took him to the very spot in the
chapel where I had been standing to take the photograph of the Missionary
Image. He believed in the miraculous nature of this photograph and later
included it in one of his books on the Missionary Image of Our Lady of
in 1991 or in 1992, I sent a copy of this photograph with a letter to His
Excellency Archbishop William Levada of the Archdiocese of Portland. Soon,
I received a very encouraging letter from a priest (probably the vicar
general) expressing much joy and congratulation about the photograph. He
said that the Archbishop was out of town and would respond after his
return. Later, I received a letter from the Archbishop (or written by
someone else in his office) saying to me (1) to be careful about this
photograph and (2) There is a reflection of a candlelight in the
photograph. There was no other positive or negative comment. For a
long time, I did not understand what this latter sentence meant. Only
years later, I realized that it meant there was the possibility of the
"new" images being reflections of prepared images placed before
the Missionary Image. As seen in the two photographs below, taken right
after I took the photograph of the Missionary Image, there still were
about a dozen people including Chris praying before the Image and they
must have seen me taking the photograph. To create the reflections of such
delicate "unexpected" images in the photograph, a highly
precise, professional, and time-consuming preparation and execution would
be necessary (or even with all these talents and enough time, it may not
be possible), but I had none of these abilities, and it took me only 5 to
10 seconds to take the photograph of the Missionary Image. Chris also
knows that the possibility of images being intentionally added to the
photograph was zero. Most importantly, I had no intention of or interest
in such an evil scheme. If the above sentence from the Archdiocese only
meant that one must be careful about the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I
Scenes inside of the chapel at
the National Shrine of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, Oregon right
after I took the photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe on August 15, 1991.
The little boy praying in the back of the chapel (the left photo) and
before the Image of Our Lady (the right photo) is Chris.
of our films has always been done at Costco. One day in the end of 1991 or
early 1992, we picked up another envelope containing printed photographs
at Costco and were enormously shocked. At that time, Costco in Portland
was relying on Costco in Seattle for developing films and printing
photographs. Together with the photographs, there was a letter in the
envelope saying that the film was accidentally torn in the machine and
apologizing. I felt as if the sky were falling. I wondered: If this
photograph was truly from Heaven, how would it be possible that its film
was torn? Then, I saw that there was a new film made by Costco in Seattle
by photographing a previous print, together with some new prints made with
the new film. I was not satisfied and still was deeply in shock and
frustration, but I carefully examined the prints made from the new film.
Every detail was exactly the same as before, but the color of Our Lady's
mantle was somewhat brighter than before. Strangely, she had dark-colored
hair instead of wearing a veil or mantle. As I continued examining the new
prints, I gradually came to like them more than the previous prints, as
the original photograph was dark as the Missionary Image itself was dark
as seen in the photograph above. Eventually, we were pleased and thanked
God for this shocking and amazing incident. We felt that this was another
act of God turning a disaster into a blessing and making the images in the
photograph livelier and more energetic. Regarding the possibility of
fabrication, photographic experts should be able to discern without
difficulty if any fabrication occurred.
I received the letter from the Archdiocese, a layman in Portland advised
me not to seek the investigation by the Church authorities because such
matters were for private interests only. I thought his advice was
reasonable for most cases involving photographs. The case of the
photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe taken on August 15, 1991, however,
seemed to have some special qualities which would justify and require more
serious consideration and even an official investigation by the Church
authorities, as explained below (1 to 7). Because of these qualities, I
believed I was obligated to really know whether this photograph was an
object of private interest only or contained more serious meaning and
purpose. If there really was a mission from above regarding this
photograph but I ignored and neglected it, I would be acting against God's
Will. Our Lord said, "Not everyone who says to me, O Lord,
Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the
will of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 7:24). Therefore, I
have strongly wanted that the photograph of Our Lady taken on August 15,
1991 be reported to the Archdiocese for evaluation. I am afraid I have
waited too long. It was 23 years ago that this photograph was taken, but,
still, it is known only to very few people.
priest, who is a rector of a monastery in America and is well known for
his profound knowledge of the Catholic Teachings and about the Image of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, saw this photograph. In his e-mail to a lay person
in November 2011, he said that he believed this photograph to be
miraculous. He also said that the new images in the photograph were not
really new or additional to the original Image but had been contained in
the original Image since its beginning and are being exposed now, as a
flower bud bursts at its right time. So, this photograph of August 15,
1991, is not a change of or separation from the original Image but its
continuation and blossoming. This priest also commented that there seemed
to be a connection between this photograph and the recent events in Naju,
Korea, in the sense that, at both places, the needs to end abortions and
to deepen our understanding of the essential role of Our Lady in God's
plan of human salvation are forcefully emphasized. The following are what
I consider to be special qualities of the photograph of August 15, 1991:
photograph of August 15, 1991, contains many unexpected images such as the
Holy Eucharist, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Mother kneeling and praying
(and weeping), Our Lady's Immaculate Heart, the Cross, unborn babies, and
the Blessed Mother's black hair which seems to indicate that she is ready
to receive the royal crown from the Holy Trinity, all appearing in the
photograph at the same time on the Solemnity of Our Lady's Assumption at
the National Shrine of Our Sorrowful Mother and all being key concepts of
the Catholic Faith. Also, even though these images appeared in a
photograph, it carries the solemn Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, already
Church-approved, solidly established as a holy gift from God, which
converted, consoled, and united millions of people especially in Latin
America. It is not possible that the appearance of these images were
trivial or accidental.
the Image of August 15, 1991, a small image of Our Lady (looking like Our
Lady of Naju in Korea) kneeling and praying near the bottom of her larger
image is formed with a long and very visible line formed by the fold on
the right side of her dress which had already existed on the original
Image of 1531. This fold had always been perceived only as a fold on the
dress, but now is seen as the Blessed Mother's back and legs. The image of
her head is formed with a bent beam of light completing the image of Our
Lady kneeling and praying. There also are little images of babies in her
image. This, I believe, is an evidence that this new photograph of August
15, 1991 had been expected before the original Image appeared in 1531.
(There even is a tiny head of the smiling serpent behind Our Lady's lower
back, waiting for the Lady to give birth to her Baby.)
of August 15, 1991 (black & white)
the original Image of 1531, the Blessed Mother is lifting the left side of
the mantle with her left arm, and this lifted mantle is forming a space
between her left arm and her left side that can hold something in it. It
is obvious that the length of her mantle on her left side is shorter than
her mantle on her right side. In the photograph of August 15, 1991, this
space between her left arm and her left side forms a large image of her
Immaculate Heart which is capable of holding whatever she wants to. In her
message in Naju, Korea, the Blessed Mother asked us to seek refuge in
her Immaculate Heart which is larger than the Universe (meaning that
it can shelter all the people in the world). In the end time (referring to
our present time; but not meaning the final end of the world), there will
be many difficulties as chastisement for the overflowing and obstinate
sins in the world (as well as special blessings), and, therefore, Our Lady
is crying out to us to repent and return to Our Lord and seek refuge in
her Heart. This large image of the Blessed Mother's Immaculate Heart also
seems to indicate that the new photograph of August 15, 1991 had been
expected before the appearance of the original Image in 1531. It may even
be said that this photograph is a blueprint of God's Plan for our times.
Now, the question of why Our Lady was lifting the left side of her mantle
seems to have been resolved.
can be a question why we are studying the details of these tiny visible
images and their meanings, but Our Lady of Guadalupe has been using these
little images to teach and convert millions of people in the previous
centuries because most people were illiterate; and even in our modern
times, photographs are the most precise, detailed, effective, and fast
means in communicating the visual information like the Image of Our Lady
of Guadalupe as in medicine and other sciences.)
Mexican people have known that Our Lady of Guadalupe was pregnant with the
Baby Jesus. This means that the original Image of 1531 covers the
centuries during which Our Lady was walking toward her destination. (In
the original Image of 1531, Our Lady is seen to be lifting her left leg a
little indicating that she is stepping forward.) When a journey begins, it
must also someday reach its end. The photograph of August 15, 1991 can be
a signal that we are entering a new age during which Our Lady will
accomplish her Triumph and open a new era reigned by Our Lord in the Holy
Eucharist (cf. Genesis 3:15 & Apocalypse 12, and Our Lady's prophecy
as we all know, the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is not a product of
human thought and hands, but is from the Divine Source. Even when this
Image is printed on a piece of cloth or paper, it should never be handled
lightly as a piece of cheap cloth or paper. We must have utmost awe,
respect, faith, and love toward the images that God sent us such as the
images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Las Lajas (1754 in
Colombia; also approved by the Church). When we look at a true miraculous
image, we can perceive it as a living reality, if we keep our minds and
hearts open to God's Will and infinite Power.
years ago, a family moved in a house across from ours in Gresham. Soon
afterwards, they began being tormented by loud and sickening noises made
by the spirits or devils at night. This family had suffered for months.
Then, the mother of the family finally asked me if I could help them. I
gave her holy pictures and holy water. Several days later, she said it
became quiet for a few days, and then the spirits came back. I gave her
more holy pictures, more holy water, and some blessed salt. The lady said
that it became quiet again, but, a few days later, they resumed annoying
the family every night. Finally, I gave her five copies of the photograph
of Our Lady of Guadalupe taken on August 15, 1991, explaining the
photograph and asking her to place one photograph in each room. They were
Protestants, but had respect and love for Our Lady, as they knew well what
mother meant. I checked with the lady occasionally and she said
that they were freed from the suffering as the evil spirits ran away and
never came back. Months later, her eldest son, a policeman, also said Thank
you. From this experience, I learned that the devils really fear the
photograph of Our Lady which has the images of the Holy Eucharist and the
Holy Spirit and lots of images of the Light. I wish that this photograph
be explained and sent to everyone in the world. All of us live in
dangerous times; this photograph may be a simple but powerful help that
God prepared for us. God used the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe to save
the Aztec people from idolatry and human sacrifices and to convert the
entire populations of Latin America to the Catholic Faith centuries ago;
now, God may want to use this Image again (with some new images) as a tool
in saving and protecting us from the worship of numerous other idols,
abortions, and many other sins.
family keeps the photograph of the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe taken on
August 15, 1991, in every room, our cars, and our wallets. Whenever we see
this Image, we are reminded of the living and loving presence of our Lord
and Blessed Mother. It is like tasting a little of Heaven. The large light
beams in the middle of the photograph of the Image of Our Lady of
Guadalupe of August 15, 1991 are the reflection of my camera flash. This
reflection was expected before I took the photograph as the Missionary
Image was covered with glass. I felt frustrated because this reflection
would ruin the photograph. I could not do anything about it and, so,
proceeded with taking the photograph anyhow, entrusting the difficulty to
Our Lord and Our Lady. The result was that this reflection of camera flash
was used to form many of the new images in the photograph. My disaster was
turned into joy and gratitude. "God is Light" (1 John
1:5), not like the light we use on earth but the supernatural light that
contains all the infinite perfections, power, love, and holiness of God
Himself. The Blessed Mother is filled with and surrounded by this Light,
as she is filled with God's Grace. The photograph of Our Lady of Guadalupe
is also filled with the images made of this Light for all of us, her
swear that the contents of this report are true and accurate to the extent
of my knowledge and conscience.
Labre Sang M.Lee
June 28, 2014
CRUCIAL AND URGENT QUESTION
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s mission was ended
in the 16th century or is continuing more seriously in our
Lady came to the Aztec Empire (currently Mexico) in 1531 (1) to completely
end the custom of killing so many innocent persons and offering their
blood and hearts as sacrifices to the false gods (lifeless idols), because
they feared their false gods’ anger and (2) to awaken the Aztec Indians
to the true God who is merciful and almighty and the Mother of the Son of
God who is also their Mother.
Lady succeeded in accomplishing her purposes, but now the whole world is
covered with the same kind of evils as in the Aztec Empire 500 years ago.
The current world is saturated with the habit of abortions which is
no less cruel than the human sacrifices in the past and the worshipping of
countless false gods such as money, pleasure, power, vanity, proud,
egotism, hatred, cheating, homosexuals, devil-worshipping, and so ignoring
God’s Laws is no less frightful than in the past.
Many people also knowingly deny to love and serve God just as Satan
does. If Our Lady was deeply
saddened and worried by the terrible evils in the Aztec Empire, there is
no question that she is far more deeply saddened and worried because of
the most miserable situation in the modern world.
Realizing the difficult conditions in the current world, the Popes
of the recent years repeatedly emphasized the essential role of Our Lady
of Guadalupe not only in Mexico but in all Americas and the entire world.
(See what the Popes said, in the article:
is Our Lady of Guadalupe so important in these times?” in
Lady of Guadalupe explains her mission of utmost importance
for our times and asks us to join in her mission
Excerpts from Our Lady’s messages to Kenneth Staloch
“If my image on Juan Diego’s tilma was intended to bring only those 8-9
million people to my Son Jesus during the few years following 12 December
1531, why would I sustain the miracle of my image today, 459 years later?”
(August 14, 1990)
after 459 years, it is the time for me to begin my journey so all, in the
Americas, may see me with their own eyes and know deeply the great love I
have for each one of you, my children.
It will have happened to you what had happened to those millions of
my children, one by one, so long ago.” (November 10, 1990)
special purpose I came to fulfill started over 460 years ago.”
(April 28, 1992)
“You are in great need of my motherly love and protection.
You and your home, the Americas, are being destroyed by pagan
practices. Also, confusion is
found even among you who want to lead good lives; even among you who
search for me, the Mother of God. The
distractions multiply. Please
return to me, Your Lady of Guadalupe, with your whole heart and the gift
of your hands for my work.” (April 28, 1992)
my dear children, we will end the horrible evil of abortion.
I will help you stop all abortions.
There will be no exceptions. Together
we will bring about a new era of protecting all human life, that is, each
person, from conception to natural death.
I will put a stop to the present bloody human sacrifices like I did
among the pagans after the miracle of my image began in 1531.”
(August 14, 1990)
will melt your hearts with my motherly heart filled with love for you.
I want you to give all your prayers, works, joys and sufferings
with me, in me, through me and for me so that I may lead you safely to my
Son Jesus.” (August 14,
“My image is a continuing invitation to give yourselves to me so I may do
with you what I have planned in bringing my children of all the Americas
and the whole world to my Son Jesus through my Immaculate Heart.”
(August 14, 1990)
“I want millions to see my image, the Woman clothed with the Sun.
I will melt their hearts to conversion.
Through my Immaculate Heart, I will lead them to the Sacred Heart
of my Son.” (October 17,
“You, my children of the Americas, have a very special place in my plans
for bringing all to the Sacred Heart of my Son Jesus through my Immaculate
Heart.” (November 19,
special purpose I came to fulfill depends so much on your cooperation.
You are a part of my plan. I
knock softly and lovingly at the door of your heart.
Please let me in.” (April
summary of my life story
I was born:
It was 1784 when the Catholic Faith was first brought into Korea by
a Korean scholar who had visited Beijing, China.
The Faith spread rapidly all over Korea, but soon persecution by
the government began. Until
the late 19th century, as many as 20,000 Korean Catholics
(including about ten French Bishops and priests) were martyred.
Korea had been under the influence of China for several hundred
years, but in the 19th century Japan’s interference
increased. Eventually, Japan
annexed Korea in 1910, but Korea was liberated on 8/15/1945 when Japan
capitulated to the United States after 4 years of war.
I was born:
I was born in 10/1945 as the second and last son in a Presbyterian
family. North Korea’s
invasion of South Korea started on 6/25/1950 and the war continued until
July 1953. Millions of people
were killed. South Korea and
the United States made a mutual defense treaty on October 1, 1953 and
North Korea made a similar treaty with China.
high school time – Conversion to the Catholic Church in Korea
the high school years, I was struggling with a question: Why
the Christians were separated into Catholics and Protestants? According
to the Bible, Jesus established His Church on the rock of Peter and He
prayed that His followers remain united.
It was obvious that separation from the Lord’s Church was not
following the Will of God. I
still wanted to know the reason for the separation and bought many
Catholic books (mostly on the Saints’
Lives and the Catholic
Doctrines) over two years as I was already familiar with what the
Protestants usually say. Especially,
I focused on studying the differences in explaining the contents of the
Bible by the two groups. Surprisingly,
differences were too many and deep.
example, the Protestants confess their belief in the Trinity.
But their actual understanding seems to be blurry especially
regarding the Divinity of Jesus. The
Protestants never call “Mary” as “Mother
of God”. They only call
her “Mother of Jesus” or “Maria”.
If they do not recognize Mary as Mother of God, it is the same as
denying Jesus’ true Divinity or they think the Person of Jesus can be
divided into two: Divine Jesus and human Jesus.
These ideas are not what the Church has been teaching since 2,000
years ago. If anyone does not
firmly and doubtlessly accept and believe in the true Divinity of Jesus,
that person is not yet close to the heart of the Christion Faith and
started to find out why Catholics and Protestants were separated, but my
goal was gradually changing to more serious studies of the Catholic Faith
and Tradition. We do not need
to make many denominations and be satisfied with the false feeling that
one denomination is superior than others.
What we need to do is to be loyal to the Church established by Our
Lord 2,000 years ago. Difficulties
often sneak into the Church as Our Lord told us “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;
but while men were asleep, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat,
and went away (Matthew 13:24-25)”.
Problems in the Church should be taken care of internally;
separating is not the right solution.
On September 25, 1964, I received the Baptism at the Catholic
Church. It was the greatest revolution in my life and became the pillar in
and the Korean Air Force (1965-1972):
I finished a college in Seoul and served at the Air Force for three
and a half years as military service is an obligation to all men in Korea.
It was a long time for a young man, but was fruitful.
For several months, I worked with the US Air Force servicemen
dispatched from Okinawa, Japan. In
1972, I came to the United States for further study.
Dame and Illinois (1972-1983):
I studied Economics at the University of Notre Dame and, then,
taught at Eastern Illinois University from 1977 to 1983.
I married in Long Island in 1978. Our
son Christopher (37) married in Holy Rosary Church last October and is
working in New Mexico. In
1980, my mother and wife converted to the Catholic Faith and received
Baptism at the Korean Catholic Church in Chicago.
My mother, my wife, and I became U.S. citizens in 1982.
My father (a Presbyterian minister) received the Sacrament of
Extreme Unction from a Catholic priest a few days before passing away in
at a bank and another company (1983-1991):
In 1983, we moved to Oregon from Illinois. I worked at a bank in
its international department. In
1987, I moved to a different company.
On 1991, I left that company and started a family business with
some exports and imports with Korea.
a new non-profit company on 1992 with the name:
Mary’s Touch By Mail:
Our family business did not
last long. We registered a
non-profit company at the State of Oregon and the IRS so that we could
concentrate on propagation of the Catholic Faith only.
For years, I translated English Catholic books into Korean and
Korean Catholic books into English. I
also continued distributing the Special Photograph of Our Lady of
Guadalupe to individual friends since 1991, but this work became more
active from July 2014 when Archbishop Alexander Sample officially approved
our propagation of the Photograph. So
far, the photographs have been sent out free and we hope to continue that
way. But we are also aware
that we need some helpers to continue this work and to expand to other
States and countries.
order the Special Photograph of Our Lady of
Guadalupe contact: Mary’s
Touch By Mail, P.O. Box 1668, Gresham, OR