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Our Lady
of Guadalupe

In the early morning light of December 9, 1531, an uneducated peasant farmer comes face to face with an apparition of the Virgin Mary.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Dazzled by her beauty and the miraculous nature of her appearance, Juan Diego obeys our Lady when she instructs him to visit his bishop and ask that a shrine be built on the site of her appearance. Of course, the bishop is skeptical of this story and dismisses Juan Diego.
The next day, our Lady appears to Juan Diego again, and once again instructs him to return to the bishop with her command. And once again, the bishop dismisses the story as incredulous. Juan Diego, however, promises to return with a sign from the Virgin Mary.
The third and final time our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, he is instructed to climb up to the top of the hill where he will pick flowers which are unlike any he has seen before. Finally, she instructs him to keep the beautiful flowers hidden in his tilma until he reaches the bishop.
For a third time, Juan Diego meets with the skeptical bishop, who is waiting to see what sign our Lady has sent. At this point Juan Diego opens his tilma, and as the roses pour onto the floor, an astonishing image of our Lady is revealed inside.
For a third time, Juan Diego meets with the skeptical bishop, who is waiting to see what sign our Lady has sent. At this point Juan Diego opens his tilma, and as the roses pour onto the floor, an astonishing image of our Lady is revealed inside.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of all the Americas, chose the most humble, unlearned man to carry her Son’s message of salvation to an entire continent. Even the most unlikely of God’s children can (and do!) play a profound role in God’s plan!
Our Lady of Guadalupe said this to St. Juan Diego:

“Know for certain, least of my sons, that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God through Whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near and far, the Master of heaven and earth. It is my earnest wish that a temple be built here to my honor. Here I will demonstrate, I will exhibit, I will give all my love, my compassion, my help, and my protection to the people. I am your merciful mother, the merciful mother of all of you who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who seek me, of those who have confidence in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow, and will remedy and alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities, and misfortunes.”

Mission Complete

Our Lady of Guadalupe never appeared again for her mission was complete. Millions of native people converted to Catholicism. The shrine was built on the site of her appearance, now a suburb of Mexico City. Juan Diego's tilma, woven from cactus fibers, remains miraculously preserved and is on display for millions of pilgrims to revere each year.