The Holy Black Madona Icon in Poland who survived an attempt of destruction bearing scars and was painted by Saint Luke the Evangelist; doctor and author of The Gospel of Luke and The Book of Acts.
My Greatest Miracle in the Miracle of CommunionFire
It was 2014 during a CommunionFire encounter with Jesus whil,e having Communion with my wife Camille in our home. Dining with the Lord upon the bread He calls His flesh, therefore so do I, I saw Jesus in a n octagonal library room that for some reason made me think is this what the rooms in the Library of Congress look like? It was austere and made of 8 walls and a doorway, probably a study room for privacy from the public. Perhaps 10-12 feet high and at 10oclock from where I saw the Lord, the door was open inviting sunlight from another entry/exit door to the outdoors. The light cascaded down the steps probably because the sun was just where it needed to be.
As I took drink of the wine that had become His precious blood, again through the miracle He invites us all to participate in, I felt the fire of His passion transfusing into my bloodstream to quicken me to become the righteousness of God in Christ. He had become sin for me that I might become a partaker of His divine nature.
As I waited for a moment I saw coming from the staircase a scroll surfing on the rays of light from the sunbeam. As it entered the room above our heads it unfurled and out fell the person of a young woman. She stood next to her Son Jesus and Jesus introduced me to His Mother, the Holy Virgin Mary!
About 5 Months later the same vision repeated itself as Camille and I share the Table of the Lord together. It was early morning and this time from the scroll came Saint Peter, Saint Ephraim of Syria, Holy Mother Mary and Saint Joseph. As they stood with Jesus across from me, Mary spoke to me directly for the very first time. She looked at me and with a gentle smile in a soft and caring voice said, "Bob, be bold." That was it and I felt almosted translated into a new dimmension of faith. About 8 months later I began to go on an evening prayer walk to pray the Rosary. That was almost 3 years ago now on June 20th 2015 and I still take my evening prayer walks praying the Rosary every night. I have to say of a truth, I now know my Savior more personally and intimately because I have met His Mother who now has become my Mother in Christ and my Queen of heaven who is preparing the Bride for her Son.
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THEOTOKOS Iconic Holy Art of the Mother of God, Mother Mary. There are many of these beautiful, heavenly inspired Icons. Some report and document multiple miracles.
The Orthodox Church believes that Mary, as a human being, could indeed have sinned, but chose not to. Jesus Christ is Mary’s Savior, as well as ours, as testified in her own statement in St Luke—the Magnificat—where she says, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Mary is the “new Eve” who said “yes” to God where the first Eve said “no.”
How My Story Connects to Orthodoxy
This YOU TUBE Documentary shows a group of Campus Crusaders from the 60s whose journey in Faith led them through the Jesus People Movement in the 70's and other evolutions along the way to Orthodoxy! Their story, at least for me shows how the Lord is building His Church! heir witness is one that bridges evangelicals to their ordination in the Orthodox Church!
It was under the preaching of Jack N. Sparks (seen in this documentary) in the streets of Berkeley in 1971 that I was called into the ministry. I followed the comings and goings of Jack and the brothers of the Yellow Deli, NCAO, EOC and now St. Athanasius Church and University. What a mighty legacy these brothers have left and paths clear enough that others will follow. Thanks to Father Braun I have my own copy of the Orthodox Bible He and Fr. Jack worked on. I am so blessed to have stumbled onto this document.
In Berkeley I lived on the roof of God's Love, Headquarters for the Christian World Liberation Front! C.W.L.F. published and we passed out the "Right On" newspaper in the streets. We were called Street Christians.. It was one of the first Jesus People newspapers.
Now that same love continues to lead me and I am here praising Jesus with all my heart.
The Last documentary is a good historical orientation to the Orthodox Church. Very well done.