Refractions of Light:
201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions and the Catholic Church (2015)

Final-Cover-JPEGRefractions of Light discusses the theology and discernment of the Catholic Church on private revelation. Using Q&A format, appendices and copious references, a broad spectrum of history is presented with an emphasis on contemporary developments in private revelation. Refractions of Light provides necessary tools for people to use when they want to know how to act in accordance with the mind of the Church in matters of private revelation.

Refractions of Light is published by En Route Books and Media and available on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Publisher cost: $16.99 (print).

Pope Leo XIII
and the Prayer to St. Michael (2015)

STM_CoverThere is a famous story which claims that Pope Leo XIII (r. 1878-1903) received a vision of an attack being made or planned by the devil against the Catholic Church. The facts about this vision, however, have been unclear for nearly 100 years as there are different versions of what occurred as well as the contents of the vision. What is fact and what is fiction about this extraordinary event in papal history? Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael offers a historical investigation that arrives at the facts, and distinguishes between rumor or hearsay on the authentic history of the event. Also provided is a discussion of the vision’s meaning for our time in the light of the teaching of the Church, and in particular of the contemporary Popes.

Foreward by H.E. Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael is published by Preserving Christian Publications and available on Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Publisher cost: $16 (print).


Refractions of Light and Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael are in accordance with canons 822-824 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law, having been granted the imprimatur and nihil obstat by the competent Ecclesiastical Authorities.

Over the course of his writing career, Kevin Symonds has been featured in various publications, both digital and print. The following is a list of various publications in which one can find articles written by Kevin.

Digital Media:

  1. Catholic Exchange (2005, 2008-2009)

  2. The Malta Independent Online (2008)

  3. Catholic Lane (2011-2013)

  4. Theotokos (2013)

  5. World Apostolate of Fatima, USA Inc. (2015)

  6. Ave Maria Radio (2015)

  7. Catholic Stand (2015-2016)


  1. Lumen Vincens (April, 2005)

  2. The Troubadour (2004, 2006)

  3. The Latin Mass Magazine (2013, 2015)

If you are unable to find a specific article, please send an E-mail or use the Contact form.

N.B. In October, 2010, Kevin published a private translation of Normae S. Congregationis–the Vatican’s 1978 Norms for discerning alleged private revelations. This translation was the product of a team of three people, of which Kevin was a member. They followed the lead of others who published the document in translation (but not the Latin original), one of whom had tacit approval from the Holy See to do so.

Unbeknownst to Kevin and the team, the Holy See had intentions to release the document and did so around May 23, 2012, in English translation and the Latin original. Some confusion has arisen as to whether or not the private translation was related to the Vatican’s translation. There is no relationship between the two and we apologize for any confusion on this matter.

For more information about Normae S. Congregationis, see Kevin’s two part article here and here.