Our Lady of Guadalupe 1531

Tomorrow the 12th of December is the feast day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico, and just as importantly the Patroness of the Americas. I have encluded a link to a simple yet complete article about Our Lady. Too often we forget Mary, maybe because we dont wish to offens our Protestant brothers and sister, or perhaps we are not exacly sure why as Catholic we believe She can, and does intercede with Jesus for us.

"One of the most beautiful series of apparitions of the Queen of Heaven occurred on the American continent on a December day of 1531, only ten years after the Spanish conquest. A fervent Christian Indian in his fifties, Juan Diego, a widower, was on his way to Mass in Mexico City from his home eight miles distant, a practice he and his wife had followed since their conversion, in honor of Our Lady on Her day, Saturday. He had to pass near the hill of Tepeyac, and was struck there by the joyous song of birds, rising up in the most melodious of concerts; he stopped to listen. Looking up to the hilltop, he perceived a brilliant cloud, surrounded by a light brighter than a fiery sun, and a gentle voice called him by name, saying, “Juan, come.” His first fear was transformed into a sweet happiness by this voice, and he mounted the slope. There he beheld the One he had intended to honor by hearing Her Mass. She was surrounded by a radiance so brilliant it sent out rays that seemed to transform the very rocks into scintillating jewels."

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