Friday, December 12, 2014

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Americas

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a humble Native American at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City.
She identified herself as the ever virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth.

She made a request for a church to be built on the site, and submitted her wish to the local Bishop. When the Bishop hesitated, and requested her for a sign, the Mother of God obeyed without delay or question to the Church's local Bishop, and sent her native messenger to the top of the hill in mid-December to gather an assorment of roses for the Bishop.

After complying to the Bishop's request for a sign, She also left for us an image of herself imprinted miraculously on the native's tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 477 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origins.
 To learn more about this miraculous image please click here.


Carlos Echevarria said...

Great post Father, I was up late watching the Univision special from DF, the mass, etc.

Also, today at 12pm on EWTN.

BTW, do you every appear on that channel? I know they are Alabama based and a different order, but I was just wondering...God bless you

Padre Steve said...

Carlos, I bet the liturgy in DF was beautiful for Our Lady! The entire country gets excited for Guadalupe! No, I have never been on EWTN, but I have to visit sometime. I hear the shrine there is really beautiful.