Witness Describes alleged Phenomenon of Illuminated 'Crosses' in California
March 29, 2005 Reported in [SpiritDaily.com] online newspaper carried reports from [thedesertsun] in Palm Springs about the alleged phenomenon of luminous crosses that seemed to be appearing in Southern California. Hundreds were gathering in places like Indio (which is part of Riverside, just southeast of L.A.) and the neighboring town of Thermal. In the case of a home in Thermal, owned by a man named Jesus Aceves, it was claimed bands of light descended from the sky, were visible in a backyard, and then "floated on the glass to form a cross," according to the newspaper. This began on Ash Wednesday. We have learned that there are at least eight other homes in this poor, humble, and devout area of immigrant Mexicans on which crosses of light are said to be forming. Similar phenomena have occurred in other parts of the world. Some believe this is simply an effect of window glass forming a prism. "People want to believe its true, but they cant be blinded to the possibility of natural causes," said a spokesman for the Bishop. We received this note from one of our readers, Christine C. Gomez, a devout Catholic whose note takes a believing stand, one that we offer for your discernment:
"It was a 63-year-old friend, Maria del Carmen, who called me the week-end after Ash Wednesday to tell me that she had seen an apparition on a Mexican TV station and that the apparition was nearby. I asked her where it was, and she told me that it was in Thermal, California, a little over one hour from where we live. I was surprised, but I did not take the initiative to go. Inside I just kind of felt that maybe the rain had formed a cross design and that people were probably exaggerating and making it out to be bigger than it was.
I ignored it. One week later, my same friend, Maria Del Carmen, called me in almost total hysteria to tell me that her friend Rita had driven her up to see the cross at the apparition site in Thermal. My husband and I went to her home (her home, by the way, is a shrine to Our Lord, Our Lady and all of the angels and saints, you should see it), we took her out to dinner and there she told us.."You must go, and you must go now, before it disappears....please go, and take me, I have to see it again!!!!" I promised her that we would go. On the following Saturday, I called my friend "Pancho," the one who leads the monthly Medjugorge Rosary, some friends, and Maria Del Carmen.....we were headed out that way, we were going to see the Miracle for ourselves. As we were driving up there, I was excited and full of anticipation. By now, I had seen the picture of the Cross on your Web site Spirit Daily and so I knew (or so I thought) what to expect.
Finally we are driving closer and closer to the apparition site. We make a right turn at Airport Blvd and an immediate right into Fillmore Road. We drive into a dirt road surrounded by very old mobile homes tucked among date groves and beautiful orchards, and there is a cardboard sign that reads "no donations please." We park outside on the dirt and then walk into another dirt area. Someone welcomes us and tells us that its the "last mobile home" on the premises on the left hand side where the "miracle" is. As we are walking in, everything looks very humble and there is a "peaceful" feeling that I got as I was approaching the miracle.....and finally as we approach the home, a lady by the name of "Adelina" welcomed us. She is the daughter-in-law of the owners of the mobile home. She said that the Cross of light first appeared to her husband, Jesus Aceves. It was he who first saw a "light" descend from the sky, move down in front of him, and then placed itself on the door of the mobile home. Adelina was wonderful. She welcomed us and told us to walk to the back of the mobile home.
Believe me, nothing and I mean nothing, not even the newspaper article with photo had prepared me or my friends to see what we were about to see. I walked up to the doorand gazed into the window and I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that it was our Lord of Lords. King of Kings, prince of princes, The alpha and the omega who had placed His Cross here. Everyone, fell to their knees and started to cry. I was overwhelmed beyond belief, and all of my sadness, my worries about my finances, my loneliness and my depression and pain, Meant absolutely nothing at this very moment! I was shocked, shocked beyond belief. I tried to get closer to the Cross and it now has a little fence around it because the owners don't want people tearing anything down in hysteria. But the closer I got to the cross, the more I realized that the Cross was not imprinted on the window. One is allowed to see it through the window, but it is as if "suspended in air." I then went up to the front of the mobile home. No one was allowed to come inside the house. I asked for the lady of the house and out came Maria de la Concepcion Aceves, another owner of the mobile home (Jesus's mother) who lives there. I identified myself and I kindly asked her in Spanish if she would "please" let me in. I just had to see the other side. I wanted to see what could be seen from the inside. Well, thank God, she let me in. As I walked into the house, I noticed there was an immense beautiful icon of Our Lord and a statue of Our Lady in their living room. As she led me into the laundry room, which is the inside of the door where the cross is appearing, I was shocked again to see that there was absolutely nothing seen on the inside of the house during daylight hours that looked like a Cross. Just a typical window. There was nothing absolutely nothing, visible to the naked eye. I snapped a photo, I touched the window. I examined the window, looked in between the window panes and there was absolutely Nothing. Maria de la Concepcion told me then that after 7:00 p.m., she would let people into the house. She said that upon putting off all the lights on the inside of the mobile home and the outside, one can see the Cross start to appear from the inside of the mobile home
And so, I waited and waited until 7:00 p.m, but at this point, someone started to scream outside of the house telling everyone that other "crosses" were starting to appear on Emerald Street and Dillon Avenue in the town of Indio, and so I decided to drive out there to see that was going on. Michael Brown, as I walked up to these streets, there were many people going from house to house. All of the owners of the homes close by were welcoming anyone and everyone to see what had happened in their homes also. These are humble Mexican and Mexican-American people who have always had statues of Our Blessed Mother in their front yards and purchased their older homes back in the 1970s (as you can see from the pictures). Their miracles also appeared on Ash Wednesday and sure enough, the crosses are there on their windows, but smaller than the Cross in thermal.
Everyone is asking why Indio? Why Thermal? What does all of this mean? After a few hours, I drove back to Thermal, and there was a line of over 125 people, waiting to see the Cross appear on the inside of the Aceves home. I was in the middle of this line and it took me two hours to get into the Aceves home. When I finally went in (remember, I had already seen that there was nothing to see from the inside during the day when Mrs. Aceves allowed me into the home) all of the lights were off and people inside were praying the Rosary. When I walked into the laundry room at night, There it was, a huge Cross, and so I decided to put my forehead on the window of the door/from the inside) to see what I could see. Michael Brown, I could see "another dimension" with the Cross suspended in space and the bottom of the Cross seemed to be going in eternal directions on all ends. It was something I will never forget in my lifetime. It was if the Cross were located in "another world" that was not Earth and that we were being allowed ro see this incredible miracle. I don't know how else to explain it.
My husband Sergio accompanied me to see the cross one week later and says that
the window has been designated to be "a window to allow our eyes to see the
gift of The Cross." He feels that there is no apparent obvious illusion or
trickery being used. He says that if someone can prove that a light bulb can actually
produce a cross like that, then "I want the patent to that" because
no regular light bulb can do that. He says that it would take thousands of dollars
in laser light and computers to even think of coming close to achieving the effect
of the cross that is on that mobile home. The only thing that the Aceves family
has on in the day is a regular 50-watt light bulb, like they have always had before
Your Sister In Christ, Christine C. Gomez