Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I am sure we are all familiar with the story . Juan Diego, a native Mexican has couple of encounters with Mary, our Lady upon a hill and he goes to tell the Bishop that it’s Mary and they need to build a shrine at the exact spot. The bishop doesn’t believe that a regular person let alone a native could have an encounter with Mary so the bishop asks for a sign. Juan Diego tells the Lady this and on the prescribed day roses bloomed upon this hill with the encounters were taking place. Juan gathered the roses up in his tilma or cloak and brought them to the bishop and when Juan Diego opened his tilma the flowers dropped to the floor and upon the Tilma was an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is still venerated today in the shrine that was built there. Earlier this week, December 9, we celebrated the feast of Juan Diego
Katherine Anne Porter wrote a short reflection “Fiesta of Guadalupe”on when she visited during the feast. In it she describes how it brings the whole of Mexico all the different types of people come together and celebrate the Queen of Mexico. In the piece there was a reference to a spring or a well that gushed forth from under Mary’s feet atop the hill. This is something I’ve never heard before about the event. Has anyone been there before and provide any information about this?
We must remember that Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas, Queen of Mexico and Empress of Latin America. It is Our Lady of Guadalupe that started the peaceful conversion of the American people and we pray that she is not finished. So pull out your Rosary and pray a decade or five.