Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Today, December 12, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many people do not know anything about this historical event, even though it is undoubtedly one of the most important events in the history of Christianity in the Americas. As a result of the miracle of Mary’s apparition to a native American peasant named Juan Diego and the appearance of her image on his tilma, over eight million native Americans were converted to Christianity in the seven years from 1531 to 1538. Prior to this event, the Aztecs were offering thousands of human sacrifices per year in central Mexico, including child sacrifice. The conversion of the Aztecs to Christianity ended the brutal practice of human sacrifice. The image below is the image that miraculously appeared on the tilma of Juan Diego when he opened it before the bishop.


The image shows Mary as a humble but royal maiden. Under her feet is the moon, which for the Aztecs represented the devil. In this image we see Mary as the woman described in Revelation 12. To read a fuller account of this miraculous event see here, here, and here. Or read Warren Carroll’s Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness (Christendom Press, Front Royal, Virginia, 2002).

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen..


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  1. […] But perhaps that one doesn’t convince a person. Are there any others? Undoubtedly yes: The day after the Immaculate Conception solemnity, we celebrated the optional memorial of St. Juan Diego, the poor native American peasant to whom Mary appeared in the 16th century. […]

  2. What I find also so powerful is how quickly devotion to our Lady of Guadalupe spread. By the late 16th century Our Lady of Guadalupe of Tolomato (modern day Georgia, USA) was established. Indeed, ora pro nobis, Dear Lady, lead us to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

  3. Can a man have God as his Father and Jesus as his Brother who willfully rejects Mary as his Mother?

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