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.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Feast Of St. Berard

Berard joined the Franciscans in 1213. He spoke Arabic and was an able preacher. He had a desire to spread the Gospel to the Saracens (muslims) and was sent by St. Francis to preach in Morocco. St. Berard along with 4 other friars were repeatedly imprisoned and beaten for their failure to stop preaching. Finally they were martyred by beheading. Upon hearing the news of the fate of his friars St. Francis is reported to have said: "Now I can truly say that I have five Friars Minor!"
(Sometimes you just got to have a sense of humor about these things)

The news of these martyrs affected a young man very deeply who then decided to become a Franciscan. St. Anthony of Padua became a loyal servant of God and achieved sainthood.

Thank you Jesus for the heroic lives of faith these saints modeled for us.
St. Berard, we ask for your intercession that we would be courageous in our sharing the Gospel with others around us.


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