Virgin of Guadalupe
One Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, a Mexican
native named Juan Diego was walking along the mountain
path to the city of Tlatelolco. Along the way he heard
a voice that called out to him, "My son, Juan Diego,
where are you going?" "I'm going to mass at the church
in Thatelolco," he responded. The voice said, "Go to
the Bishop of Mexico and tell him that I am Mary, Mother
of God, and tell him that I want a church built here."
The Bishop did not believe what Juan Diego told him
about the voice. However, once again while walking
home; Juan Diego heard the Virgin call out to him in the
same place. She repeated the request for a church to be
When Juan Diego spoke with the Bishop again, he told
him that he still did not believe the story. Juan Diego
was very sad that the Bishop did not believe him. A
third time, Juan Diego heard the Virgin make her request
in the same spot; and the Bishop still did not believe.
But this time the Bishop asked Juan Diego to bring him a
sign from the Virgin.
On December 12, Juan Diego returned to the Virgin and
asked him for a sign to give to the Bishop to prove that
her request was real. The Virgin told Juan Diego to go
up the mountain and pick a red rose that was growing in
the snow to take to the Bishop.
Juan Diego knew that roses didn't grow in the winter,
especially on the mountain top, in the snow! When he
went to look for the rose, he couldn't believe the
miracle. He found a beautiful red rose growing in the
snow, cut it, and delivered it to the Bishop.
When Juan Diego gave the rose to the Bishop as proof
of the Virgin's request, the Bishop saw on the front of
Juan Diego's cloak, an image of the Virgin. It was a
true miracle. For this reason, throughout all Mexico,
December 12 is celebrated in honor. Her power, her light
and her love are remembered through the processions and
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