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Monday, December 12, 2011
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th. I must admit until very recently I did not know the background of this Feast Day. I misunderstood this feast day to be a South American homage to Our Lady. In fact Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patron Saint of the Americas, including North America. I watched an episode of Fr. Barron's Word on Fire, Catholicism series about Mary. The film included so much information on our Blessed Mother. Pilgrimages to sites of apparitions were included as well as a plethora of information of St. Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. I'm so grateful that I was able to learn about this, I truly was missing out.
Here's some information that was provided by Catholic.org about Our Lady of Guadalupe.
I hope you will take the time to learn more about Juan Diego and his vision of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The story of the miraculous image on Juan's tilma is beautiful. The sometimes controversial meaning of the title Our Lady of Guadalupe shows the connection of her name being a translation of the Aztec Nahuatl word of coatlaxopeuh word meaning "who cruses the serpent" and the Genesis 3:15 verse which says "I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; it will bruise your head and you will strike its heel."