Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

There She is Again!

The following account was told by Father Sineux, during a spiritual retreat given on July 29, 1964:

A Protestant pastor from Scotland had a large number of Irish families in his parish and, consequently, some fervent Catholics. He was extremely annoyed by these people and, being fervent himself in his religion, tried to fight against their beliefs in any way he could. He went readily to children with his ideas.

One day he came across a young Irish girl of about eight years of age on the roadside. He stopped her, spoke a few nice words to her and then asked her to recite a few prayers, promising to give her two pennies if she recited them well. At once, the girl recited Our Father and the pastor congratulated her. “Do you know any others? Can you say another one?” he asked her. The child began the “Hail Mary,” but the pastor interrupted her. “That one is not a prayer, because you mustn’t pray to a woman, you should only pray to the Good Lord.” The small girl was a little embarrassed, but she continued and recited the Creed and the pastor encouraged her this time. However, when she arrived to the words “was born of the Virgin Mary”, the child sighed in annoyance and said, “There she is again! What am I to do?”

The pastor later acknowledged that he almost suffocated when he heard the words of the young Irish girl. He gave her two pennies, sent her home and returned to his own abode very upset. There she is again, that Virgin Mary, even in the Creed, which he had recited so many times without noticing the words he was pronouncing! There she is in the center of our Christian faith! This marked the beginning of long reflections, which resulted in his own abjuration, shortly afterwards. He himself told this story many times, which was so decisive for his vocation, when he had later become a Catholic priest.

From "A Moment With Mary"


Blogger + simonas said...

Well, that's kind of dumb. I'm sorry for my dissatisfaction, but the Creed is definitely not a prayer to the virgin Mary, but (also) about her, i.e. her involvement in the mystery of Incarnation. "Hail Mary" is mostly (first half) is a scriptural pericope, but there it is also not a prayer, but a conversation of an angel with the girl.

July 29, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

"Well, that's kind of dumb." Well, Simonas, you certainly don't have to agree with the little story. Mary is a tough obstacle for many, yet at the same time she has been the reason for
others to convert to Catholicism!
I suggest that you consider listening to an mp3 at this site, which is the testimony of a drugged out, promiscuous deadhead using heroin, coke etc who came to Christ through Mary. He is now a Catholic priest totally on-fire for Jesus, but it came about through Mary. That is the whole point. Not to reiterate many blogposts here all over again, but Mary, a mere human brings us to her son, the God of the universe, who also was man.
BTW, that kinda hurts my feelins' that you are saying my post is dumb! :)

July 29, 2007 1:25 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

If you go to the site, the program is with Fr. Calloway. He is an excellent preacher and I have seen him preach live as well. This guy has the anointing big time!

July 29, 2007 1:38 PM  
Blogger MMajor Fan said...

I comment on this on my website. People are poor of reading or listening when viewing Gabriel's "conversation" with Mary. Gabriel gives her the title "full of grace" indicating she is the only human to ever be born full of God's grace. Back then grace meant grace, that which only can be given by God. It didn't mean she was smooth on the catwalk.

July 29, 2007 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

I've found myself saying that a lot recently, "there she is again." Hmmm . . . more to think about.


July 29, 2007 9:43 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

smooth on a catwalk, I like that

July 31, 2007 12:06 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

took me a while to get use to asking Mary's intercession but now it feels as natural as riding a bike!
I don't worship her, but do feel a fondness developing for her, kinda like a Mom

July 31, 2007 12:08 AM  
Blogger White Stone Name Seeker said...

A friend of mine is a convert and one of the ways God brought her home was Mary.
My friend had a difficult upbringing and discovering Mary was a great healing for her. "Now I have a mother," she said to me.
God knows what we need and He is ever generous.

August 04, 2007 11:33 AM  

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