July 2, 1505: Caught in a thunderstorm in Stotternheim, Martin Luther prayed to St. Anna that if she would save him from the storm, he would become a monk. Although probably not merely an act of desperation, this event changed Martin’s life, and eventually, all of history.
Today a stone monument marks the spot where it is believed that this event took place. It reads: “Hallowed Ground – Turning point of the Reformation. In one bolt of lightening from heaven, the young Luther was shown the way.”
The photo is by BrThomas at de.wikipedia
-Rebecca DeGarmeaux for Katie Luther
It’s a fun story, but like the nailing of the 95 theses on the Church Door at Wittenberg, it’s probably more fable than fact.