Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Feast Day: St. Juan Diego

St. Juan Diego

Juan Diego was a poor Mexican farmer and weaver to whom the Blessed Mother appeared twice. Mary asked Juan to have a Church built in her name on the spot.  When the local Catholic bishop asked him to prove that Juan had in fact spoken to the Blessed Mother, Juan opened his cloak to reveal dozens of Castillian roses which could not be grown in Mexico, along with a glowing image of Our Lady emblazoned on the inside. This event is remembered as the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (a feast we celebrate on December 12th) and the tilma with Mary's image is venerated to this day.
St. Juan Diego, pray for us!

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