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Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego

The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego
December 9, 1531 (Saturday). Early in the morning, Juan Diego, a Chicameca convert to Christianity in h...
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The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego
December 9, 1531 (Saturday). Early in the morning, Juan Diego, a Chicameca convert to Christianity in his fifties, is on his way to attend Mass at Tlatelolco, the site of the final battle of the Spanish conquest ten years earlier. As he passes Tepeyac Hill, Juan Diego hears music and a woman's voice calling to him. At the crest of the hill he sees a radiantly beautiful woman, who reveals that she is Our Lady, the Mother of God. She instructs Juan Diego to go to the local bishop and tell him that a temple should be built in her honor at the base of the hill.
Juan Diego proceeds directly to Tlatelolco and the palace of Bishop Juan de Zumárraga, a Franciscan friar. The bishop receives him, but is reluctant to believe Juan Diego's story. A discouraged Juan Diego returns to Tepeyac Hill, and admits his failure to Our Lady. She directs him to again go to the bishop, and repeat her request.
December 10, 1531 (Sunday). Juan Diego returns to the bishop's palace. The bishop questions him for a long time, and finishes by telling Juan Diego that he needs a sign to believe that Our Lady sent him. On his return to Tepeyac Hill Juan Diego tells her of the bishop's demand. She promises to fulfill it the next day when Juan Diego visits her again.
December 11, 1531 (Monday). Juan Diego fails to go to Tepeyac Hill, because his uncle has become gravely ill. Juan Diego spends the day looking for someone with healing skills, but fails in his search. He tells his dying uncle that he will go to Tlatelolco the next morning to return with a priest to hear his final confession.
December 12, 1531 (Tuesday). At a very early hour, Juan Diego rushes to Tlatelolco to find a priest for his uncle. Not wanting to encounter Our Lady because he missed her the day before, and not wanting to be delayed in his search for a priest, Juan Diego takes a path on the other side of the hill. However, Our Lady comes directly down the hill to meet him. She listens to Juan Diego's excuse for not keeping his appointment and tells him, "Your uncle will not die of this sickness; he is healthy." She instructs him to go to the hill top and gather the flowers he finds there. Juan Diego obeys and discovers a miraculous garden of Castilian roses which he gathers and takes to her. She arranges the roses in his tilma (a coarse cloak made from cactus fibers), and tells Juan Diego to take them to the bishop as the sign he requested.
When Juan Diego arrives before the skeptical Bishop Zumárraga, he opens his tilma and the roses fall to the floor. However, Juan Diego has more than roses as a sign, for a portrait of Our Lady appears on the coarse fabric of the tilma. The bishop and his whole household are filled with amazement. The Bishop and people fulfill Juan Diego's request, and build a temple dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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davidbidmead
 
davidbidmead March 30, 2016
Beautiful capture ! Love this photo.
1Ernesto
1Ernesto March 30, 2016
Thank you very much for the comment, I have reserevations as to the splash of colored roses but could not resist putting them in as the whole story revolves around the roses as a sign etc........
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lizziemellis May 02, 2016
Beatiful Image, great wrote up as always:-)
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1Ernesto May 02, 2016
Thanks for the compliment on the description and the "Top Choice" peer recognition.

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