Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12)

"She appeared to Juan Diego
And she left her image on his cape
Five hundred years of sorrow
Have not destroyed their deepest faith." (Tom Russell)

On Dec. 9, 1531, as St. Juan Diego, a peasant, made his way to daily Mass (a 15-mile walk), he heard a lovely voice as he passed Tepeyac Hill.
"Build a church," said the woman, dressed like an Aztec princess. He recognized the beautiful woman as the Virgin Mary, but when he told the bishop, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, the bishop insisted he ask the woman for a miraculous sign to prove it.
So, the Virgin Mary told St. Juan Diego to gather flowers at the top of Tepeyac Hill. This would be highly unlikely since the ground was covered with snow and ice.
But, behold, he found roses in full bloom which he gathered and brought to the Virgin Mary.
As we all know, she rearranged them in his cloak and miraculously the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared imprinted on it. The relic is still intact and is located at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Our Lady of Guadalupe feast day is Dec. 12.

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