Hello and welcome to our website dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe, 'the Always Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God' - the only image Mother Mary personally left us here on earth, by the grace of God. (See website icon)
Here you will read about an amazing true story of our Blessed Mother's apparitions to a humble native Mexican Indian called Juan Diego from the 9th to the 12th of December 1531. The authenticity of this story is shown in Nican Mopohua, a manuscript written in the 16th century by Antonio Valeriano, who knew Juan Diego since his childhood. He was a noble Mexican Indian educated in the Franciscan College of Santa Cruz in Tlatelolco (known today as Plaza de Tres Culturas) and the Governor of Mexico Tenochtitlan.
He wrote the document in Nahuatl - the language of the Mexica people, a Mesoamerican culture in Ancient Mexico, particularly referring to the Aztecs and Toltecs. The Blessed Virgin Mary used this poetic language to communicate with Juan Diego in addition to symbols that the native Indians used or were familiar with.
The Our Lady of Guadalupe left us her Holy Image on Juan Diego's tilma - a rough cloak made of woven maguey cactus fibers extracted from the Mexican Agave. The Virgin of Guadalupe revealed to Juan that she was 'the Always Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God" and all mankind. This sacred and miraculous Image is still with us today, more than 480 years later, still intact and in its original condition, having survived a bomb and an accidental acid spill which would naturally have destroyed or damaged the tilma.
Each part of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Holy Image carries a supernatural significance parallel to the symbols used by this ancient culture. As an Aztec, one look at this Holy Image would immediately bring to mind the cultural symbols that were important to this people, from the top of her head down to her feet. Hence, the multitude of conversion ending their culture of human sacrifice.
You will read or hear a few versions of the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego, but I've used the simple story given to me at the Nacional Basilica de Santa Maria de Guadalupe when my husband and I were blessed to visit Our Lady's Shrine in Mexico City in July 2010. Our Lady of Guadalupe's Basilica is where her Sacred Original Image is displayed in the middle of a beautiful altar not only for all to see and revere, but to approach as our tender loving Mother. I have also referred to two very informative books when I felt it was necessary to provide some background information - A Handbook on Guadalupe by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and Our Lady of Guadalupe, History and Meaning of the Apparitions by Manuela Testoni.
I will attempt to make this website as simple as possible in order to impart not only the historical value of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Image, but the spiritual Peace that radiates from it, as I experienced when I sat with her for hours each day we were in Mexico. I hope you feel this same Peace as you gaze at our Blessed Virgin Mother's Images on this website.
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May our Blessed Mother keep you and those dear to you under her golden mantle of protection always. God bless you, with Mother Mary too!