Salidan Veronica Barrientos believes she has had a special spiritual experience. Speaking in Spanish, she related her experience Wednesday afternoon to The Mountain Mail.

Barrientos said she was in her garden Wednesday and suddenly became aware of a shadow in front of her.

It made her feel very happy and not afraid, she said.

A nearby flock of birds started flying around the yard, and Barrientos said she felt she needed to take out her cellphone and start filming what was happening. She said she felt led to the back of her garden and to the door of her shed.

There she said she found a representation of the Virgin Mary on a pane of glass.

Barrientos said she had not notified a church about the incident at the time The Mail spoke to her, but she professes to be a spiritual person.

God is in the middle of everything, she said.

She also said that the night before she had the unusual experience, she and her husband had donated money to help fund surgery for a Guatemalan boy with a leg deformity. Barrientos, a Salida-area resident for more than 20 years, is originally from Guatemala.

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