For years, I have been a devotee of Our Lady of Guadalupe and so I thought I knew everything there was to know about her and her apparition. I was absolutely mistaken.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Civilization of Love, gave me great insight into the history of Mexico, the political and religious situation during that time, the powerful image on St. Juan Diego’s tilma, and the message behind her apparition that I am even more in awe of her and the magnificence of her apparition. I am moved by her overwhelming message of love which transformed a nation and converted millions of people since.
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparition was beautifully designed by her. Her choosing Juan Diego, the image on the tilma, the role of Juan Bernardino and Bishop Zumarraga, her mestiza (of mixed race) appearance, her name “Our Lady of Guadalupe”, the church on Tepeyac Hill, all had incredible influence in the shaping of past events and the forming of the present as well.
The book talks about Our Lady of Guadalupe’s role in God’s plan, her motherhood and womanhood, her relationship with the Church, vocations, and how we, God’s children, are called to help in the conversion of the world. It mentions how Our Lady influenced the Papacy too. Quite amazing!
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s words resound as strongly then as it does today. Hers is a message of love, hope, and unity. Her love crosses boundaries (race, religion, social class, etc.) that separate us from each other.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12:30-31
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of all. Like a mother to a child, she holds our hand and reminds us that there in nothing to fear. She brings us closer to her son, Jesus Christ and shows us God’s sincere desire to be with us and to love us.
I highly recommend the book for those who want to deepen their knowledge and appreciation of the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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