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Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day – 12/12

December 12, 2016

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe (official site)

The Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Hernándo Cortés and Our Lady

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Church Militant (Catholic Caucus)

Scientists certify Our Lady of Guadalupe tilma



The Story of Guadalupe: Hope for Our Violent World

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Protectress of the Unborn

Was Our Lady of Guadalupe Wrong?



A Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Relic From Guadalupe Tilma to Tour U.S.

The Amazing Truth of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Celebrating 470 years of an ongoing miracle, the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe 1531

Science Stunned by Virgin of Guadalupe´s Eyes


St. Juan Diago

Saint  Juan Diego and Our Lady
Why Juan Diego is an American Saint
Blessed  Juan Diego: A Model of Humility

Canonization  of Juan Diego drawing Texans to Mexico City
Pope  to Visit Mexico in July to Canonize Juan Diego.

Information: St. Juan Diego


December 9


1474, Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan,



May 30, 1548, Tenochtitlan,

Mexico City, Mexico


July 31, 2002, Basilica of

Guadalupe, Mexico City, Mexico by Pope John Paul II


Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico

City, Mexico

Saints for Kids

Saint Juan

Blessed Juan Diego
Feast Day: December 09
Born: 1474 :: Died: 1548

Juan Diego was born in Mexico and lived  a simple life as a weaver, farmer and laborer. Juan was a member of the  Chichimeca people (an Indian tribe). They called him the talking eagle.   His Christian name was Juan Diego.

On December 9, 1531, Juan rose before  dawn to walk fifteen miles to Mexico City to attend daily Mass. As he  passed Tepeyac Hill, he heard music and saw a glowing cloud encircled by  a rainbow. A woman’s voice called him to the top of the hill.

There he saw a beautiful young woman  dressed like an Aztec princess. She said she was the Virgin Mary and  Mother of the true God. She asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a  church on that site, so she could be present to help and defend those  were suffering and in pain.

After Juan’s mission was completed, he  became a hermit. He spent the rest of his life in prayer and penance. His little hut was near the first chapel  that was built on Tepeyac Hill. He was greatly respected and parents  wished their children would grow up to be holy like Juan Diego.

Juan took care of the little church and  met the pilgrims who began to come there to honor their Mother of  Guadalupe. He would show them the miraculous tilma or cloak that
preserves Mary’s beautiful image.

The pope personally visited the  magnificent church of Our Lady of Guadalupe and prayed there for all of  the people of Mexico.

He prayed especially for those who were  killed during the terrible persecution of the Church in the early part  of this century. An he prayed for all the pilgrims who come to this
beautiful church with such faith in the Mother of God.

Saint  Juan Diego and Our Lady
Why  Juan Diego is an American Saint
Blessed  Juan Diego: A Model of Humility
Canonization  of Juan Diego drawing Texans to Mexico City
Pope  to Visit Mexico in July to Canonize Juan Diego.

 Catholic  Culture 

Daily Readings for:December 09, 2010 (Readings on USCCB website)

Collect: Lord
God, through St. Juan Diego you made known the love of Our Lady of
Guadalupe toward your people. Grant by his intercession that we who follow
the counsel of Mary, our Mother, may strive continually to do your will.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.





Optional Memorial of St.  Juan Diego (USA)

Today the Church in the  United States celebrates the optional memorial of St. Juan Diego, an  Indian convert, to whom the Virgin Mary appeared as he was going to Mass  in Tlatlelolco, Mexico. Our Lady asked him to tell the Bishop that she  desired a shrine to be built on the spot to manifest her love for all  mankind. She left a marvelous portrait of herself on the mantle of Juan  Diego as a sign for the Bishop. This miraculous image has proved to be  ageless, and is kept in the shrine built in her honor, the Basilica of
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas.

St. Juan Diego
Little is known about the life of Juan Diego before his conversion, but  tradition and archaelogical and iconographical sources, along with the  most important and oldest indigenous document on the event of Guadalupe,  “El Nican Mopohua” (written in Náhuatl with Latin characters,  1556, by the Indigenous writer Antonio Valeriano), give some information  on the life of the saint and the apparitions.

Juan Diego was born in 1474  with the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin” (“the talking eagle”) in Cuautlitlán, today part of Mexico City, Mexico. He was  a gifted member of the Chichimeca people, one of the more culturally  advanced groups living in the Anáhuac Valley.

When he was 50 years old he  was baptized by a Franciscan priest, Fr. Peter da Gand, one of the first Franciscan missionaries. On December 9, 1531, when Juan Diego was on his way to morning Mass, the Blessed Mother appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, the outskirts of what is now Mexico City. She asked him to go to the  Bishop and to request in her name that a shrine be built at Tepeyac,  where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her.

The  Bishop, who did not believe Juan Diego, asked for a sign to prove that  the apparition was true. On December 12, Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac.  Here, the Blessed Mother told him to climb the hill and to pick the  flowers that he would find in bloom. He obeyed, and although it was  winter time, he found roses blooming.

He gathered the flowers and took  them to Our Lady who carefully placed them in his mantle and told him to  take them to the Bishop as “proof”. When he opened his mantle,  the flowers fell on the ground and there remained impressed, in place of  the flowers, an image of the Blessed Mother, the apparition at Tepeyac.

With  the Bishop’s permission, Juan Diego lived the rest of his life as a  hermit in a small hut near the chapel where the miraculous image was  placed for veneration. Here he cared for the church and the first  pilgrims who came to pray to the Mother of Jesus.

Much deeper than the  exterior grace of having been chosen as Our Lady’s messenger, Juan Diego  received the grace of interior enlightenment and from that moment, he  began a life dedicated to prayer and the practice of virtue and  boundless love of God and neighbour. He died in 1548 and was buried in the first chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. He was beatified  on May 6, 1990 by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of Santa Maria di
Guadalupe, Mexico City.

The miraculous image, which  is preserved in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows a woman  with native features and dress. She is supported by an angel whose wings are reminiscent of one of the major gods of the traditional religion of  that area. The moon is beneath her feet and her blue mantle is covered  with gold stars.

The black girdle about her waist signifies that she is  pregnant. Thus, the image graphically depicts the fact that Christ is to  be “born” again among the peoples of the New World, and is a  message as relevant to the “New World” today as it was during the lifetime of Juan Diego.

Patron: Mexico.

Symbols: Pictured  carrying a tilma full of roses.

Things to Do:

      • Pray to St. Juan Diego for migrant

        Mexican workers who come to the USA trying to support their


      • Read Pope John Paul II’s homily  at the canonization of St. Juan Diego.

      • If you know of a Mexican family who may need your help, surprise them with a food basket or offer them a ride if they don’t have a car. If you speak Spanish, see if they need an interpreter for an important appointment.

      • Meditate on Our Lady’s beautiful words to St. Juan Diego: “Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son; let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance.

        Also, do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?”

      • Cook some Mexican dishes for dinner and bake a Rose Petal Pound Cake or other rose theme for dessert in honor of St. Juan Diego.

      • From the Catholic Culture Library:

      • Recommended Reading: For children: The
        Lady of Guadalupe
        by Tomie dePaola. For adults: The Wonder of Guadalupeby Francis Johnston.

      • For music for Juan Diego’s and Our Lady  of Guadalupe’s feast, see www.savae.org.  The San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble have two cds of authentic  music by Mexican medieval composers. Very beautiful!

      • Visit Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas for detailed  accounts on the apparition to Juan Diego. You can also send online  cards from this site. See also Patron
        Saints Index


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