Friday, December 12, 2014

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe


Saint Juan Diego's tilma with the original image
of Our Lady of Guadalupe, miraculously embedded
on the fibers of the cloak and preserved through
time, exposure  and an attempted bombing in 1921.
Photo by Joaquin Martinez Rosado

History

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, God’s special gift to the Americas. When the Spanish conquistadors first came to Mexico, they didn’t do a very good job teaching the native Mexicans about Jesus…especially because they made the native people their slaves instead of treating them like brothers and sisters. After 20 years, only a few hundred natives had become Christians. Then, as we learned last Monday, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego dressed as a native princess. This appearance to a native by the mother of our Lord dressed as a native and speaking native language convinced the Mexican people that Christianity was true and it belonged to them, not just the European who took over their country. In a very short amount of time, 6,000,000 native Mexicans had been baptized Christians, and Catholicism remains a main religion there and throughout Central America.

Activity

Throughout Mexico and all the Americas, people are celebrating the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe today. Why not bake (or purchase) a Mexican chocolate cake for dessert tonight? Here’s an easy recipe. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

More reading for parents:

Sancta  (Tons of information on this site!)