|St. Juan Diego receives roses|
from Our Lady, Shrine of
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Saint Juan Diego lived near Mexico City and worked as a weaver and farmer. On December 9, 1531, he got up early to walk to Mass 15 miles away, but as he passed a hill, a young woman dressed as an Aztec princess called to him. She revealed herself as the Virgin Mary and instructed Juan to tell his bishop to build a church where she stood. Juan obeyed, but the bishop asked for proof. When Juan met the lady again, she had him pick flowers growing out of the frozen ground. He gathered them in his tilma (cloak) and when he showed the flowers to his bishop, a beautiful image of Our Lady was imprinted on the cloak. So the church was built, and thousands of people became Christians, and Saint Juan Diego’s cloak was put on display for all to
Today is actually the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, as well as the feast of Saint Juan Diego. Celebrate with a special Mexican meal, at home or at a restaurant. Make your family’s favorite dishes or try quesadillas — fast and kid-friendly. (Here are some healthier quesadilla recipes from Eating Well).