Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This is a very important Marian Feast in the Americas, and especially in the country of Mexico. There were many miracles associated with the appearance of Our Lady to humble Juan Diego in the year 1531. There were Spanish roses, growing on the hill in the middle of winter. There was the miraculous image on the cloak of Juan Diego. When Our Lady told Juan Diego her name, in his native language, it meant "the one who treads on snakes." One of the main demonic gods of the native Aztecs was called the feathered serpent. The Woman's Son, Jesus Christ, crushes the head of the serpent. Those were all miracles that scientists and theologians argue about today. Those are interesting miracles, but they are not the greatest miracle.
Once the native Mexican people knew that Jesus loved them, and that His Mother was their mother too, they were open to hearing the whole gospel story. Millions and millions of native Mexicans became Christians. Mary always introduces us to her Son, Our Lord. The miracle of Guadalupe is that the people's hearts were made ready to repent and believe the Gospel.
I have been to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is beautiful and always filled with people from around the whole world. I have seen the miraculous cloak, and I have visited the holy sites and places where Saint Juan Diego visited with Our Mother. But I saw an even greater miracle when I was at the Basilica; lines and lines of people, all day long, going to Confession. I had never seen such long lines! I had never seen so many people waiting to tell God their sins and receive absolution - to become free!
Our Blessed Mother is only interested in one thing: pointing souls to her Son Jesus. Some people hear the Good News and respond right away. Others need a Mother to take them by the hand. If you need to go to Jesus, but feel ashamed or afraid, ask Our Mother to take you by the hand to her Son. He is the answer to all of your problems. Mother Mary will smile upon you and give you courage. She will help you on your way to your own miracle - forgiveness, cleansing, and new life in Jesus Christ.
Here is a video about the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.