On Wednesday 13 September 2017, I was part of the VITA Images team which covered the main event of The International Centennial Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima at St Joseph’s Institution (SJI). When I reached SJI, I have been working non-stop for close to 12 hours.

As the evening went on, I was increasingly frustrated as I was unable to capture any ideal shots. I was concerned that I will not have anything to deliver at the end of event. I decided to stop taking photos during the Eucharistic Celebration and just be present.

As I walked around hoping to be inspired, I saw the congregation praying fervently and sincerely; with their eyes closed and beads of perspiration trickling down their cheeks. Their attention and devotion touched something within me.

Still, I could not get any good shot of the altar or Archbishop from my angle. I was getting desperate.

In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear
–  St Therese of Lisieux

During the candlelight procession and as the crowd prayed the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, I followed the statue of Our Lady. From my angle, I saw Our Mother Mary was walking among the people, her children. And I could also get a good shot of Her!

Thank you, Mother for the perfect light, perfect timing. Mother Mary together with the congregation’s “little light”.

At the end of the procession, I was given permission to go up the altar to see other angles I could capture. The image below is one of my favourites of the night.

“No one can come to my Father except through Me.” John 14:6

I did what I could and I fought a good fight – when our Lady was walking towards me, the light and timing was just nice. At the end of the night, I had no more frustration, no more disappointment, but was filled with joy. Prayers are real. Jesus is real!

Through the talents that God have given me, I hope these images can help you to enter into prayer and have a greater love for our Dearest Mother and her Son, Jesus.

Thank you dear Mother for your prayers and intercession! All honour and glory belongs to Him!

Paul Goh,
VITA Images Volunteer

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