The image at the top of this blog is a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe. On the right is a picture of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. As we celebrate Her feast today I'd like to share Her story ~
In 1531, in the part of Mexico that is now Mexico City, the bishop prayed to Our Blessed Mother to bring peace between the Spanish rule and the natives, and for a stop to the human sacrifices. On December 9th, 10th and 12th of that year Our Lady appeared, near Tepayac Hill, to a peasant named Juan Diego. She appeared pregnant with Her Divine Son. Our Lady requested that a church be built there on Tepayac Hill. When Juan Diego took this message to the bishop, the bishop asked for a sign.Juan Diego returned with an undeniable sign. Although it was December, Our Lady had him pick Castilian roses that were native to the bishop's home in Spain. He put the roses in his tilma (a poncho like cloak made of cactus fiber). When he opened his tilma to reveal the roses there was a miraculous image of Our Lady just as Juan Diego had described Her to the bishop.This miracle took place 477 years ago today and the image is still visible on the tilma that is miraculously still in tact. Since Our Lady's appearance human sacrifices have ended. I've read that 6 - 9 million conversions took place over the next 6 - 9 years.
My prayer for Our Blessed Mother today (and everyday) is that She will intervene for the unborn and help to put a stop to the human sacrifice that today we call abortion.
Until then, may Her words to Juan Diego be their comfort ~
"Do not be distressed, my littlest son. Am I not here with you who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?"
*Please click on the title of this post if you'd like to read more detail about the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe.