Our Lady of Guadalupe: Led directly to the largest mass conversion in the history of the world!

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Read the miraculous, true story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Image: How has the 481-year-old Tilma survived so many years without decay?

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“All the cloths similar to the Tilma that have been placed in the salty and humid environment around the Basilica,” Dr. Orozco explained,“have lasted no more than ten years.”  A painting of the image on cloth which had been protected behind glass was discarded after only eight years, because the colors had faded and the threads had broken so badly.

The Tilma, meanwhile, was displayed unprotected for 116 years, exposed to the heat of tens of thousands of candles and to the harsh, humid and salty air; yet it remains vibrant.

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December 12 is the official commemoration of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“When they (Hispanic Catholics) come to Canada or the U.S., they help to restore or save a Christian culture … they must bring and keep their religious identity, and enrich us with their faith.”

Vatican City, Dec 12, 2012 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe promotes a culture of life and is at the center of the New Evangelization of the Americas, said Cardinal Marc Ouellet at a conference in Rome.

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Editor’s note: It appears that Jesus sent his mother to Mexico in the 16th century, in order to shore up the dwindling faith of the 21st century North and South American Catholic Church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe: a revelation wrapped in a mystery inside a miracle.

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…the Lady who brought faith to Mexico was a revelation wrapped in a mystery inside a miracle. But more commonly, She is known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Article by Tom O’Toole

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Cesar Chavez was a unique and truly Catholic labor leader

Chávez’s selection of symbols reflected his awareness that while speaking for a largely Mexican Catholic constituency, was also trying to speak to a broader American public.  His “Plan of Delano” reflects a proper ordering of these symbolic allegiances:

We seek, and have, the support of the Church in what we do.  At the head of the Pilgrimage we carry LA VIRGEN DE LA GUADALUPE . . . because she is ours, all  ours, Patroness of the Mexican people

We also carry the Sacred Cross and the Star of  David because we are not sectarians, and because we ask the help and prayers of all religions.

All men are brothers—sons of the same God; that is why we say to all men of   good will, in the words of Pope Leo XIII,

“Everyone’s first duty is to protect the workers from the greed of speculators who use human beings as instruments to provide themselves with money.  It is neither just nor human to oppress men with excessive  work to the point where their minds become enfeebled and their bodies worn out.” 

GOD SHALL NOT ABANDON US.

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L.A. Marian festival: The most palpable manifestation of The Great American Catholic Story of Our Time

Following a lengthy parade through the streets of the city’s east end, Los Angeles’ 80th annual homage to the Morenita de Tepeyac will culminate with the usual mega-Mass in an outdoor football stadium for a crowd traditionally in the range of 30,000 people.

Bolstered by continuing waves of an overwhelmingly-Mexican Hispanic migration said to comprise some 70 percent of the LA church, the SoCal fold has more than doubled in size since 1985 to some 5 million Catholics today, a population roughly equivalent to that of the entire Irish church. Not only is it the nation’s largest ecclesial outpost of our time, but — by a margin of some two million souls — it is the largest diocese in Catholicism’s five-century history on these shores.

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Editor’s note: Thursday, December 8th, 2011 is a Holy Day of Obligation, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Link to Vatican document on the Immaculate Conception

Interesting site on Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Tilma


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Five centuries ago, St. Juan Diego was the first believer to meet the Virgin Mary under the title and appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


Today, millions continue to encounter and embrace her motherly presence, especially on her feast day of Dec. 12.

The story of the Virgin Mary’s appearance in Mexico is well-known to many devotees. On Dec. 9, 1531, Juan Diego –a recently-baptized indigenous Mexican convert to Catholicism– was hurrying to Mass, to Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. But the woman he was heading to church to celebrate, came to him instead.

Regally attired, and speaking the native Aztec dialect, the radiant woman announced herself as the “ever-perfect holy Mary, who has the honor to be the mother of the true God.”

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The Holy Face of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Around the year 60 A.D. St. Luke visited the Blessed Virgin Mary at the home she shared with St. John the Apostle, in the town of Ephesus, southwestern Turkey.

At that time, St. Luke produced what is today the only known icon of the Virgin, making good use of a three foot by five foot cedar table top (one that was likely hand crafted by Jesus of Nazareth) accurately capturing Mary’s delicate facial features. The extremely well preserved icon has remained in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, for the last 1700 years.

About 1900 years later, in 1947, Sister Lucia, seer of the Fatima Apparitions that took place in Portugal in 1917, closely collaborated with sculptor Jose Thedim to produce an authentic image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Lucia and her two cousins originally encountered her there.

While the style of the work and the quality of the media are quite different, the resemblance between the two renderings is absolutely striking (see close-ups above).

Eyes, facial shape, nose, lips and chin are all remarkably similar.

Take a close look. Pray on it. Then make up your own mind.

“We do not praise God sufficiently by keeping silent about his saints, especially Mary, ‘the Holy One’ who became his dwelling place on earth. The simple and multiform light of God appears to us exactly in its variety and richness only in the countenance of the saints, who are the true mirrors of his light. And it is precisely by looking at Mary’s face that we can see more clearly than in any other way the beauty, goodness and mercy of God. In her face we can truly perceive the divine light.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Update: (My friend Bob Stanley rightly pointed out that we have another precisely rendered authentic image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from the tilma of St. Juan Diego, done in 1531. The style and the type of media are different once again, and in the Guadalupe image, Mary is facing left, rather than right.  I added the Guadalupe image to the picture study for you.)

Fascinating Presentation on Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Tilma

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Our Lady of Guadalupe ‘completely beyond’ scientific explanation, says researcher

Phoenix, Ariz., Aug 7, 2009 / 04:10 pm (CNA).- Researcher and physicist Dr. Aldofo Orozco told participants at the International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe that there is no scientific explanation for the 478 years of high quality-preservation of the Tilma or for the miracles that have occurred to ensure its preservation.

Dr. Orozco began his talk by confirming that the conservation of the Tilma, the cloak of St. Juan Diego on which Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared 478 years ago, “is completely beyond any scientific explanation.”

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Mexicans turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe in face of swine flu epidemic

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Mexico City, Mexico, Apr 28, 2009 / (CNA) — The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, is encouraging the faithful to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe for an end to the swine flu epidemic that has taken the lives of more than 100 people in the country.

The cardinal also called for the beginning of novena prayers this past Sunday, asking “the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary of Guadalupe, to free the city and the country of this threat that looms over its inhabitants, as she has miraculously done in the past, especially during the plagues suffered in this same city in 1554, 1695, 1736 and 1850.”

The prayer in its entirety reads:

“Holy Mary of Guadalupe: You love us with special tenderness, You watch over us with maternal intercession, and you always grant us your efficacious help. We implore your protection and aid to quickly overcome this epidemic that has affected our nation. Shelter us under your mantle, deliver us from this illness. Intercede for all leaders and those who must make decisions, that they may have the wisdom to establish measures and priorities for prevention and the assistance of the entire nation, and especially for those who are most vulnerable. Grant us prudence and serenity in order to act responsibly and thus avoid being infected or infecting others. Come to the aid of health care workers, watch over the recovery of the infirm, and give comfort to those who are in mourning. Mother of the True God for whom we live, You who have rescued us from other plagues, commend us to the mercy of the One who healed us by his wounds and freed us from death by his Resurrection. Teach us to unite our suffering to his in order to find its redemptive meaning and to come out of this adversity strengthened in faith, hope and love. Amen.”

 Courtesy of California Catholic Daily and Catholic News Agency