December 12 The Virgin of Guadalupe Day and the Novena

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The Virgin of Guadalupe

 

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.” Saint Padre Pio

Today is the feast day for the Virgin Mary / Guadalupe. I just realized recently that she was the same lady. I only knew her as Mary. I started a novena today: a prayer for nine consecutive days. My mom suggested this to me as a First, so I asked her for instructions which she happily provided. I am praying for intercession by the Virgin Mary / Guadalupe on a situation with which I have been struggling recently.

Here are some interesting facts about the image of the Virgin Guadalupe from http://www.catholiccompany.com:

  • The image is proven to not be painted by human hands.
  • The image and fabric have miraculously lasted in its original condition for nearly 500 years.
  • The weak cactus fiber, of which the tilma was made, should have decomposed several years later.
  • No natural or animal mineral colorings, or paint, are found on the image.
  • The image itself is iridescent, which cannot be produced by hand.
  • Mary stands on a crescent moon, the same crescent moon in the sky on the day of her apparition.
  • Mary’s mantel is a constellation map, the same constellations in the sky as on the day of her apparition.
  • These constellations tell the story of the Gospel with the arrangements of Leo in the womb of Virgo.
  • On her rose garment is a topographic map of the geographic location of her apparition.
  • On Mary’s neck is a small black cross, identifying her with the Catholic missionary priests.
  • Over her womb on her dress is a four-petal flower, the Aztec symbol of life and deity.
  • In the image Mary is “clothed with the sun” with “the moon at her feet” as described in Revelation 12:1.
  • A doctor once heard a heartbeat coming from the image through a stethoscope over the womb.
  • The eyes of the image have the refractory characteristics of human eyes.
  • The eyes, when examined through a microscope, reflect the images of the witnesses present at its unveiling, including Juan Diego and the bishop.
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