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Martin Luther reformed the Catholic Church with his famous 95 Theses, which he tacked upon the church door on October 31, 1517.

This act eventually led to his ex-communication from the Church. During the difficult period that followed, Martin Luther became despondent, and his wife Katharina grew concerned for her husband. She donned the garb of the grieving woman, dressed all in black, and mournfully approached Luther. He was startled and asked her who had died. She responded that Jesus Christ died. He replied that it was not possible, because Christ will never die. Katharina then said something to the effect of: "Well, your mood has been so black that I assumed that He must have died!"

The Latin letters VIVIT translate to "He (Jesus Christ) lives." Martin Luther's eyes were opened to the life-changing effects of this knowledge from this incident and he placed the letters in a prominent place in his private room, where he would see them daily. Eventually, the letters were also placed upon the rose that led to the Luther's home quarters. You may still see these letters occasionally upon some renditions of the famous "Luther Rose."

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