Our Lady of Guadalupe
Hispanic Catholics are often attacked for their belief in the Virgin Mary. Much is said about Our Lady of Guadalupe, such as that she was an invention of the Spaniards, who colonized the indigenous people who then painted her.
Today we know that a cloth, such as the one where Guadalupe appears does not last over 100 years, yet this one is nearly 500 years old. Furthermore, there are studies that say that the image is not really on the sackcloth, but seems to be floating above it. We also know that Guadalupe’s eyes reflect the exact moment in which she gave the roses to Juan Diego and that the stars of her mantle are exactly in the same position they appeared to be at the time of her apparition to Juan Diego.
The Virgin is our greatest intercessor before God and we are fortunate to have her and to be able to feel her as close to us as we wish.
She is our mother and protects us with her mantle. It is important to know that although many may say the tilma was a creation, modern science still cannot determine what type of paint is used and they cannot explain the fact that the cloth is still intact and without any damage after nearly 500 years.
Our Lady of Guadalupe wanted to stay in Latin America with us. It has been said that the cloth is a mirror where the virgin is reflected so we can see her. She accompanies us in every way and in every action of our lives. We must lean on her, as she is our advocate before God, and as the angel said: She is blessed among women.
Brothers and sisters let us not diminish how fortunate we are to have Our Lady of Guadalupe and let us thank God for allowing us to communicate with her.
Do not doubt she is always praying for us. We must pray the Rosary as she asks us and in this manner maintain a constant communication with our Queen, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
May God bless you always.