Our Lady of Guadalupe

Isaiah 40.1-11; Psalm 95; Matthew 18.12-14

Missionaries who first came to Mexico with the conquistadors had little success in planting the Gospel there.  But in 1531 miracles began to occur.  The Blessed Virgin appeared several times to the humble Juan Diego (who eventually was canonised by Pope St John Paul II) and spoke to him in Nahuatl, his first language and the language of the ancient Aztec Empire.  In the course of four apparitions she presented herself as ‘the mother of the very true Deity’ and asked that a church be erected on the site (just outside present-day Mexico City) in her honour. (12th December is the date of the last of the appearances of the Blessed Virgin to Juan Diego.)  

Within a short time six million native Mexicans were baptised as Christians.  Countless miracles were attributed Our Lady of Guadalupe’s intercession.  Later she came to serve as a unifying national symbol.  In 1999 the Church declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of the Americas, the Empress of Latin America, and the Protectress of Unborn Children. 

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