I was raised as a Southern Baptist, but I had a lifelong fascination
with Catholicism. In 1979, at age 18, I visited the Basilica of Our
Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Seeing the tilma planted a seed
in my soul. In 1990, I converted to the Catholic Church. I can’t help
but think that the pilgrimage to the basilica was part of my conversion.
I’d like to know if anyone else has had a life-changing experience by visiting a shrine.
I have never visited a shrine and I was born Catholic. I know of the Film a and I would love to see it someday. A lot of people make a pilgrimage to go there and see it. My grandmother was devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It’s a fascinating story. You are lucky. And I’m sure Mother Mary has blessed you for going there.
I’ve been to several shrines, and led students to them But I never thought of them as changing my life. They certainly lift up my spiritual life, to be sure. I was Catholic to begin with so I think of visiting them as something we Catholics ought t0 do.
A chance visit to Prague, OK to visit the National Shrine of The Infant Jesus Of Prague, was memorable. I had never seen candle dispensing vending machines before During another visit we attended mass there. Father is a true shepherd to his flock. It is truly a blessed place.
I think what stirred my faith was that the Blessed Mother left this impression of herself on the tilma of St. Juan Diego. It’s the kind of miracle that made me think WHOA. Millions of people converted after that impression was given. It’s nearly 500 years old, and it’s still there.
I would love to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You are very fortunate!
There is an old Catholic mission south of Tucson founded by Father Kino in 1692 called
San Xavier del Bac. It is beautiful. I began visiting there in the early 90’s and I believe it
had a big impact on my spiritual life and played a part in my conversion to Catholicism.
We became Catholic 8years ago. Two years ago we visited all the sites in Rome. That was impressive, but the most spiritually powerful place we went was Assisi. Words cannot describe. We walked the same places that ordinary people like Francis and Claire received graces to become holy. After awhile, you come to realize that those graces are there for you too.