“In the world of the internet, which enables billions of images to appear on millions of screens throughout the world, the face of Christ needs to be seen and his voice heard, for “if there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man”. –Pope Benedict XVI, Verbum Domini

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“Il Volto Santo” The Holy Face of Manoppello, Italy. Photo by Paul Badde, author of The Face of God: The Rediscovery of the True Face of Jesus

Welcome to “Illumina, Domine.”  The name originates from the words on the Holy Face Medal “Illumina, Domine, Vultum Tuum Super Nos”  or “May, O Lord, the light of Thy Face shine upon us.”  These words were the inspiration for St. Pope John Paul II to place  the 3rd Millenium under “the radiant sign of  the  Face of Christ,” and emphasizing the importance of contemplation of the Face of Christ by stating:  “And it is the Church’s task to reflect the light of Christ in every historical period, to make His face shine also before the generations of the new millennium. Our witness, however, would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated His face.”

Veil of Manoppello: Photo by Paul Badde

The purpose of this blog is to make the Face of Jesus known and loved, to draw souls to the light of the Face of Christ in order to make His Holy Face shine in the world, so that, “All of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image” (2 Cor 3:18)

“Whoever gazes on Me already consoles me” — Our Lord to Bl. Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli

“Oh Savior Jesus, who didst will that reparation should be as public and universal as had been the offense, penetrate us with the true spirit of reparation.  Give us the grace to love Thy Divine Face, to make it known and loved by the whole world, in order that it may be to us a source of light and means of salvation.  Amen. ” ~  Blessed Mother Maria Pierina De Micheli

I invite you to explore the site and pray, that by doing so, you will come to know and love the Devotion to the Holy Face as well.  May His Face shine upon you always!

Patricia Enk, OCDS

“”While we too seek other signs, other wonders, we do not realize that He is the real sign, God made flesh; He is the greatest miracle of the universe:  all the love of God hidden in a human heart, in a human face.”  ~ Pope Benedict XVI

5 thoughts on “ILLUMINA, DOMINE

  1. Diane February 15, 2015 / 4:08 am

    Love this site but so sorry missed the novena! My mind is just full of foolishness these days!


    • patriciaenk February 15, 2015 / 10:38 pm

      Never too late! Thank you for visiting, Diane.


  2. Cheryl February 15, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Sweet to read your comment, Diane. Shrove Tuesday is the Feast of the Holy Face, so Tuesday is for reparation, and LOVE!


  3. Marcia Czarnecki, OCDS January 24, 2016 / 9:16 am

    I have been soooo blessed by this site I accidentally fell upon while looking for a particular picture Our Lord, scourged and tied to a pillar. (Of course, with God there are no coincidences.). Jesus is looking directly at you with the saddest eyes I have ever seen. His right arm is loose, I believe and is reaching out to you. He is begging for love, consolation, reparation, our very lives. Can you help me find this picture to contemplate everyday. Thank you and God bless you for this awesome site. Marcia Czarnecki, OCDS


    • patriciaenk January 24, 2016 / 9:48 am

      Thank you Marcia. Being an OCDS, you have probably already seen the picture of Jesus scourged in this post on St. Teresa – Link here: That is the small statue of Jesus scourged that St. Teresa of Avila was praying before at the moment of her conversion. I will continue to look through my photo archives and see if I can find the one you describe. It sounds very moving!


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