I am a police officer in a small town northeast of Kansas City, MO.
I am assigned to the midnight shift. Part of our duties is to check the businesses and other buildings in our district.
This area has had a rash of Church burglaries and vandalisms. As such, I decided one night to check all the Churches in my district.
As I was checking the local Catholic Church, I recalled a conversation I had with my wife's grandmother about the Catholic Church having statues of the Virgin Mary in the sanctuary. I looked in the window of the front door, to see if I could see the statue. I could not because it was dark inside, no lights were on. I turned on my flashlight and looked inside. I saw the statue inside the sanctuary. I saw several candle stands, which were not lit.
I turned around and started to walk away, when something caught my eye. I turned around and looked back into the window, without using my flashlight. I could see the statue clearly now because all the candles around it were burning.
I don't believe it is possible for someone to have gone into the sanctuary to light the candles, as I had only turned to the side, and never really looked away .
I don't know how the candles got lit, but it freaked me out.