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A Spiritual Awakening in Ephesus

My wife and I went to the biblical city of Ephesus, which is in the mountains outside of Smyrna, now the Antolian city of Izmir.

Great marble blocks pave the road that goes through Ephesus. When you look down on the town from the mountain behind it you can trace the road from The Great Library all the way out to Southern End. A bas relief of Paula's grandsons sits astride the road and in the town you can see the tower where Paul, after the silversmith riots, was held prisoner before he would be sent, first to Jerusalem, and, because he was a Roman citizen, then to Rome for trial.

Adjacent to the road, are the remains of the Great Hall of Ephesus. where Paul was tried and where, a few centuries later the Council of Ephesus would be held to determine whether Jesus was made or begotten. We realized that this is the road, the same marble slabs, where John had brought Mary to the home in the mountains.

Feelings of a Spiritual Awakening started to grow in me. We took the modern highway north, passing the rooms of the Basilica of John, the modern mosque made partially out of the stones of the Basilica, and the ruins of the Temple of Diana. Three great religions in one Valley. A few minutes later we reached the house of the Virgin. This is a reconstruction of a first century house. It has been known by the locals for 2,000 years as the house of the Virgin Mary and is considered by several popes to be the place where John took Mary.

No pictures are allowed. It is considered a hallowed place by the Muslims as Jesus is recognized as the prophet who will return at the end of days and sit in judgment. It is a small house with a kitchen and a room. There is a small stream that runs to the house as was stated in the visions of Blessed Ann Emmerich, a bedridden Augustinian nun. In the bedroom, is the place where the apostles gathered when Mary died. It is either in that room or on the top of the mountain a few yards behind the house is where the Assumption occurred.

I started to shake. Too much imagination? I don't think so. I had a similar, but not as severe a feeling in Lourdes and at Fatima.

This was a serious God moment for me. And I consider myself blessed to have experienced it.

Jack Lawrence