Las Rosas de Maria
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The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared to Juan Diego, a poor native indian, near Mexico City in December 1531. It was a time of great oppression of the native people.
The Lady told him to ask the local bishop to build a church in her honor on that spot. Mary gave a message of hope to Juan Diego, that applies to you, too.
After two or three appearances, the Lady asked him to climb a barren hilltop and pick flowers. Juan Diego did so and found roses blooming in December. He went back to the Lady and gave her the roses, which she arranged in his tilma (cloak.) Then he bundled the roses up to keep them warm.
The Lady sent Juan Diego to the bishop to show the bishop the flowers. After some difficulty, Juan Diego saw the bishop. When the bishop opened the cloak, the flowers fell to the floor and an image of the Lady remained on the cloak.
The bishop built a church at the place where the Lady appeared, as she requested. The entire event began a period of massive conversion and extended peace between the native Mexican Indians and the conquistador Spanish.
Despite its delicate fibers, the cloak has lasted. The image is still intact today and on display at the Shrine, over 490 years ago.
Today, people from all over the world visit the Shrine and ask for Mary’s prayers and help for every type of life situation.
God is good and will hear your prayer.