The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a well-known event in the history of the Catholic Church. It took place in the early 16th century, in the present-day Mexico City.
The Virgin Mary appeared to a humble indigenous man named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. She instructed him to go to the bishop of Mexico City, and to ask him to build a church on the site of the apparition.
Juan Diego obeyed the Virgin’s instructions, and went to the bishop. However, the bishop was skeptical of Juan Diego’s story, and asked for proof of the apparition. The Virgin Mary then instructed Juan Diego to gather flowers from the top of a nearby hill, and to bring them to the bishop as proof.
When Juan Diego reached the top of the hill, he found that it was covered in flowers, despite the fact that it was winter and the flowers should not have been blooming. He gathered the flowers in his cloak, and brought them back to the bishop. As he opened his cloak, the bishop and other witnesses were amazed to see an image of the Virgin Mary on the inside of the cloak.
The bishop was convinced of the authenticity of the apparition, and he ordered the construction of a church on the site. The image of the Virgin on Juan Diego’s cloak was preserved, and is now housed in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
The apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe is seen as a significant event in the history of the Catholic Church, and is celebrated by Catholics around the world. It is also seen as a symbol of the Virgin Mary’s special relationship with the people of Mexico.
TITLE: The Four Last Things: Death. Judgment. Hell. Heaven. “Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.” a Traditional Catholic Classic for Spiritual Reform.
AUTHOR: Father Martin Von Cochem
EDITOR: Pablo Claret
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