In honor of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I'm reprising a post
about her story. This should be of interest to all because under this
title, the Blessed Mother is the patroness of the Americas, both North
and South. In addition, she is relevant today when abortion is an
acceptable practice, for Mary appeared to Juan Diego as a pregnant Aztec
woman. Her Aztec dress was tied with a black belt, which signified that
she was pregnant. First a summary of her appearance 500 years ago, then
an explanation of the photos here: Click to continue
Christians are now dealing with a new obstacle to evangelism; we can no longer assume people know stories in the Bible or the basic tenets of the faith. Perhaps this dearth of spirituality in modern culture will serve to drive desperate people to the feet of Christ but more than ever seekers need basic catechism to lead them back into the arms of God and the Church.
A few decades ago, almost everyone knew the bible, even if they did not attend church because even public schools read the bible and prayed before classes started. I am a convert. As a Protestant kid who went to Sunday School from 3 years old, I grew up on the stories of Jesus, singing songs about His love and memorizing bible verses. I realize now that I was a prayerful kid; God was close to me. continue
When I learned who currently held the authority my Lord gave Simon Peter, recorded in Matthew 16:13-19, I didn't have much choice: I had to join the Catholic Church.
In a sense, I 'knew too much.'
I could either claim to follow Jesus and acknowledge the Son of God's authority, passed along in unbroken succession through the rise and fall of kingdoms, empires, and civilizations — or not. As Simon Peter said, it's a simple choice....