Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States

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.

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

In 1531, the Blessed Mother appeared to a poor Indian named Juan Diego with a message. The bishop at the time questioned Juan Diego and initially didn't believe him. Juan Diego returned to the site of the apparition and Mary asked him to take roses to the bishop in his tilma (cape) and present them to the bishop. He did just as he was told and when he opened up his tilma, he and the bishop saw a beautiful image of Our Lady imprinted on the cloth.
This quickly led to a major revival in Mexico and it is estimated that over 9 million native people came to trust in Christ as their savior and ended ritual infant sacrifice that was common at that time.
To this day the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has withstood almost 500 years of smoke, incense, humidity and a bomb attack which failed to destroy the image. The shrine is the most popular Marian shrine in the world with millions of pilgrims visiting each year.
Here in the diocese of Allentown, we have a National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Immaculate Conception BVM . There is a replica of the original image that my wife and I have been to and prayed in front of.(We didn't worship the image by the way, but used it as a focal point in asking Mary to pray for us) Mary is very close to Jesus, obviously, and she continues to tell the faithful to "do whatever He commands you." Celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe we see how God has continued to work through history via apparitions of Our Lady to bring men and women to Christ.


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