Images of Our Lord, by Joan Carroll Cruz,
published by TAN Books and Publishers (1993) Used with permission.
The almost life-size figure
of the crucified Savior which was enshrined above an altar in
the Dominican church named Porta Coeli was customarily visited
by a holy priest whose name has been lost to us. After praying
before the seventeenth-century image, the priest always finishes
his devotions by reverently kissing the feet of the Crucified.
One day, while an enemy of
Christianity prowled about the church, the saw the priest devoutly
kissing the feet of the image of Our Lord. After learning that
it was the custom of the holy priest to visit the crucifix each
day and kiss it, the scoundrel devised a sacrilegious plan. When
the church was empty, the enemy stole inside and approached the
crucifix. Taking from his clothing a bottle and a small cloth,
he carefully poured a liquid onto the cloth and then rubbed the
cloth on the feet of the Crucified. The liquid was a deadly
poison whose effects had been proven to be almost instantaneous.
When the cleric next visited
his beloved Crucifix he prayed, as was custom, and then approached
the feet for the usual kiss. But as he prepared to kiss the
image, the Crucified, always a flesh color, turned immediately
to jet black. Horror-stricken at the sudden change, the priest
stood motionless while the witnesses, thoroughly terrified at
what they had seen, rushed outside to notify the people in he
When word of the miracle
reached the ears of the would-be-assassin, he hurried to the
church in disbelief. Upon seeing the image he fell to his knees
beside the priest, and with tears of repentance told the priest
of his actions. He asked forgiveness, received absolution and
thereafter led a virtuous an holy life.
As a result of the miracle,
the people had an even greater devotion to the image. Not only
did it receive the homage of the people in the city, but countless
others also came from outlying areas to offer their veneration
The Holy Crucifix still receives
the devotion of the Mexican people, but it especially attracts
the attention of countless pilgrims who visit it after acknowledging
their love and devotion to the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The miraculous image of Our Lord of the Poison is found in a beautiful
side chapel in the Cathedral Metropolitana De Mexico in Mexico