Monday, March 29, 2010

Valentino Mora's Baptism in Cordova, Spain

I know this amazing photo is making the rounds. But, I love it and definitely want to be able to come back and look at it over the years. So, I have decided that it is keeper for my Catholic Notebook! Have you seen it yet?

The photo was taken at the baptism of Valentino Mora, son of Erica, a single mom who asked the photographer to take a picture of her son for free. The photo of the baptism of Valentino Mora is sweeping the Internet, because at the time the priest pours the Holy water over his head, the water flows in the shape of a rosary.

This story began at the Parish of the Assumption of Our Lady in Cordova, Spain, where the baptism of a one month old baby took place. At the time that Valentino came to the baptismal font for the sacrament of baptism, Erica asked the photographer Maria Silvana Salles, who was hired by other parents baptizing their babies, to take a photo of her son as a favor, since the young mother had no way of paying for it. The photographer, moved by Erica's request, agreed to take a photo of Valentino. Maria Silvana works with a traditional camera and had to send the film to be developed to a shop in Cordova. When she received the photos, she noticed with surprise that the water poured from the head of Valentino was a perfect rosary.

The photo of the baptism of Valentino has awakened faith in the people of Cordova who come to the humble home of Erica and Valentino Mora to touch him. The truth is that this sign of faith has mobilized this town in Cordova, whose neighbors go to Maria Silvana's store to buy the picture as if it were a prayer card.

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The blog author of The Hermeneutic of Continuity adds, 
"Hmmm. It's not a matter of faith. it could be a coincidence. It could be a sign. I'm saying nothing.

Except that I don't agree with those who criticized the story because it was about a "single mom". Single moms who have a baby in Western Europe have very often resisted pressure to have an abortion so we should thank God for that."


bridget {bake at 350} said...

That is amazing!!!

Abbey said...

Hmmm, honestly? It just doesn't look like water, but a real crucifix ... that's just my view and I wear +7.00 contacts AND READERS!! LOL!

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