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Q & A about the Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was taken after Mass at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother in Portland, Oregon on August 15, 1991.  Distribution of this photograph was approved by Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland on July 3, 2014

1.     What is the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe?

Our Lady first used this name of her Image: “The Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe” in her messages (1990-1992) given to Kenneth Staloch (a highly respected lay person who lived near Seattle (1916-2003)), launching her new plan in our times to crush the head of Satan according to God’s Will (cf. Genesis 3:15).  She explained the purpose of her plan in her messages of August 14, 1990:  

“Together, 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. 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.”

This message also reveals that Our Lady of Guadalupe’s coming to the Aztec Empire (now, Mexico) 483 years ago (in 1531) had not been just for stopping the idol worshipping and human sacrifices in the Aztec Empire in the 16th century but for a much greater plan of fighting

a worldwide spiritual war against Satan and his devils and repel them from this world so that a new world could be established in which the truth, justice, peace and blessing of God prevail.  In order to accomplish this plan, Our Lady is calling each of us to help her with more prayers, penance, and work of spreading all over the world Our Lord’s teachings and Our Lady’s entreats.  


Since the spring of 1991, Mr. Dan Lynch (a lawyer in Vermont) and his friends began traveling all over the United States carrying the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe (which was donated by the Mexican Cardinals and Bishops to the Catholics in the U.S.).  This Missionary Image was a replica (photographed by the NASA).  So far, the group of Mr. Dan Lynch has visited more than 1,000 parishes and many schools, hospitals, prisons, and more in the United States and also visited several foreign countries like Russia and China.  Millions of people saw the Missionary Image of Our Lady for the first time in their lives, received powerful grace, witnessed many miracles, and started their faith life.  The beginning of Our Lady’s plan has been very fruitful and is continuing.  Now, the Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is being helpful to this Missionary Image movement, as it would be easier to distribute the photograph nationwide and worldwide and the living presence of Our Lady through her Image on the photograph can be intimately and perpetually with each individual anywhere in the world.  Wide distribution of the photograph and explanation is urgently needed. 


2.     When did the Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe begin?

The Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was born on August 15, 1991 while the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was visiting and placed in the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother (also known as “Grotto”) in Portland, Oregon and, thus, is truly a child of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  This small-sized photograph, however, is a powerful and convenient tool that can make the presence of Our Lady a very close reality to every person who loves Our Lord and Our Lady and believes the miraculous nature of this photograph.  


3.      Does the Image of Our Lady in the Special Photograph really carry the living presence of Our Lady?

In Mexico, it is widely and undoubtedly understood that the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe of 1531 has the living presence of Our Lady.  Many of the pilgrims visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City are surprised by the powerful sensation that they are standing before the truly living presence of Our Lady in the Basilica.  This must be because this Image was not made by any humans on earth but produced by God Himself in Heaven.  The Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe also is an exact replica of the original Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe of 1531 and a continuation of it as well as a completion of it.  The original Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the new Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Special Photograph are not separate but one.  The only difference is that the original Image is the beginning and foundation, while the Image in the Special Photograph is blossomed flower and completion of the work entrusted to Our Lady by God.  The main reason how the Special Photograph can be said to be the completion (or perfection) of the work entrusted by God to Our Lady is that, in the original Image of 1531, Our Lady was pregnant with the Baby Jesus and, therefore, was in the progress of the growth of the Birth of Jesus, whereas, in the Special Photograph of 1991, the Baby Jesus was born in the form of the Holy Eucharist as well as the Divine Light that brightly and powerfully radiating from the Mother.  (All devils extremely fear this Divine Light and whenever they see it, they run away like lightning.  This was actually happened and proved in Gresham, Oregon a few years ago.)   Then, this completion by the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe means that Our Lady now has a plan or mission from God much greater than in the 16th century.

Thus, the original Guadalupe Image of 1531 achieved the enormous purposes of ending the Aztec Indians’ worshipping of idols, stopping all of the terrifying human sacrifices, and converting about nine million Aztec Indians into the Catholic Faith, while Our Lady’s Guadalupe Image in the new photograph of 1991 announced in her messages of 1990 that her plan is to put an end to all abortions in the world, expel the worshipping of all kinds of idols (such as wealth, fames, illegal pleasures, proud, selfishness, and false gods), and convert as many people in the entire world as possible to Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.  Our Lady’s missions are very similar between 1531 and the current time, but the burden of carrying out the missions must be far greater and more difficult now because of the enormous quantity and bad qualities of sins in the current world.  When Adam and Eve committed sin by eating the prohibited apple to become like God as Satan told them.  God punished Satan (Serpent) and Adam and Eve and announced that He would put enmity between Satan and the woman, and between his offspring and her offspring and the woman and her offspring will crush Satan’s head while Satan will strike at the woman’s (or her offspring’s) heel.  Later, Jesus (the se
cond Adam) suffered on the cross and widely opened the door for the salvation of those who choose truths and abandon evils and Our Lady (the second Eve) received from the Trinity the power sufficiently strong to defeat and repel Satan.  It is necessary and important that we, who live in this modern times, understand the nature and extreme dangers of our times and positively respond to Our Lady’s calling to work for her to overcome Satan and his devils so that the current great spiritual war will end as the victory of Our Lady and her children.  Following the teachings of Our Lord and helping Our Lady in her spiritual war is the way of salvation for us. 


4.     How can we discern whether this Special Photograph is accidental or truly miraculous?

All of the new images that are visible in the Special Photograph are intimately related to the core teachings in the Catholic Church such as the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Spirit, Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, Our Lady’s efforts to end all abortions even kneeling and praying shedding tears, and Our Lady not wearing a veil anymore because she is ready to receive the Queen’s Crown from the Holy Trinity.  It is unimaginable that these multiple images representing the core of the Catholic Faith suddenly and accidentally appear in the photograph that was being taken in just a few seconds.  When I was taking this photograph after the Mass in the chapel, I had a camera in my hands but there were no other machines or devises with me or around me.  There was nobody helping me or interfering with me while I was taking the photograph, either.  My eleven year-old son was seating on a pew and was the only one looking at my taking the photograph.  My only intention was to have a good replica of the Missionary Image of Our Lady for our living room.  I could not expect or even imagine that any surprise like a miracle might appear in the photograph I took.  I was just an ordinary person and an amateur in photographing.  Several days later, my son and I went to Europe for the first time in our life to visit a business person in Germany and to visit the Shrine of Lourdes in France.  After the trip, we received the photographs from Costco and our family were amazed about the image of the Eucharist on the tips of Our Lady’s fingers.  However, we could not even imagine that it could be a miracle.  It took several months for us to find several other images, and we slowly began to think if these could be miraculous.  Eventually, several months later, I submitted several copies of the photograph and a letter to the Archdiocese of Portland.  A week later, we received a very positive letter from a priest who was the second-highest person in the Archdiocese of Portland.  He was excited and very encouraging about the photograph and said he would show the photograph and report to the Archbishop who was travelling at that time.  A few weeks later, the Archbishop’s letter came but was neither positive nor negative.  For 23 years since then, I had not submitted any evidences or written reports to the Archdiocese, even though my conviction and my family’s had been becoming more clear and firm.  We made more copies of the photograph and gave them to our friends, who were amazed. 


In 2013, a new Archbishop came to Portland, his name being Archbishop Alexander K. Sample.  I had heard that he had a very strong devotion to Our Lady and also was very knowledgeable about Our Lady of Guadalupe.  On June 28, 2014, my wife and I attended the special Mass at St. Mary Cathedral where the Archbishop and the faithful were consecrated the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon to Our Lady.  After the Mass, as we missed the Archbishop, we gave the photograph and reports to Bishop Peter Smith and asked him to give the reports to the Archbishop. 

We thought it might be several months or years to receive the Archbishop’s letter, but he wrote the letter only five days after he had received it.  We were pleasantly shocked and enormously grateful to the Archbishop who sent us a positive letter so early.  I and my family are working to spread this photograph and explanation to as many people as possible not only in the United States but also abroad if possible.  As we are a small family, the results are still slow.  But we will continue our efforts to reach more people.  Through our website: www.marys-touch.com, we are trying to reach more people in the USA and other countries.


5.     What does Our Lady emphasize especially with the new images in the Special Photograph?

The Aztec Empire’s Indians listened to Our Lady’s messages through Juan Diago and also saw the Image that appeared on Juan Diego’s Tilma.  This way, they understood who Our Lady was and what she could do for them. Likewise, we can understand a lot by reading Our Lady’s messages received by Kenneth Staloch (These messages are available in our website: www.marys-touch.com) and also examining the details of the images that appeared in the Special Photograph:


(a)  In the Special Photograph, Our Lady is holding her Divine Son Jesus in the form of the Holy Eucharist on the tips of her hands with all her love, respect, and worship.  Likewise, we should firmly believe the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist and pray frequently with Him.  We must well prepare for each Holy Communion, always with utmost love, respect, and worship to Our Lord in the Eucharist, and being careful not to drop or lose the fragments of the Eucharist as the Church teaches that Our Lord is present even in the smallest fragments of drops of the Eucharist.

(b) In the Special Photograph, the Image of the Holy Spirit is located close to Our Lady’s right shoulder and is looking at Our Lady (His Spouse) an also at every one of us.  The Holy Spirit always acts to guide and protect the Church and her members.  Always, we must pray and seek for the Holy Spirit’s guides, teachings of the Church Dogmas, and protections. 

(c)  In the Special Photograph, there is a smaller image of Our Lady kneeling and weeping for the unborn children.  Also, on her left shoulder, there are tiny babies which were just fertilized.  Our Lady is working very hard to end all abortions.  We also must pray hard for the same purpose.  Praying with Our Lady is the most powerful weapon against Satan.  Also remember how many unborn babies in the world are being killed every day by surgical operations and, even far more, by chemical methods. 


(d) Spreading the Church teachings (especially, the Catechism of the Catholic Church) and praying frequently for others including those in purgatory and for the peace of the world.  Praying is the first important duty of all Catholics.  Also diligently distributing the Special Photograph of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe together with its explanation would be among the most worthy and happy efforts we can do.

Benedict Lee
Mary’s Touch By Mail,  5/21/16

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