The splendor of truth in the mantle and stars of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12th
For centuries, the beauty of the apparition of Mary at Guadalupe has inspired amazement. Yet, the beauty of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes beyond superficial attraction. Rather, it challenges us and communicates truth.
As the humble Indian Juan Diego drew near Tepeyac Hill, he was amazed that the barren, desolate place had become like a heavenly garden filled with the exquisite song of the most precious birds. For the indigenous people, “flower and song” symbolized truth. Thus, even before Juan Diego met the Virgin, he found himself before an extraordinary, even heavenly, expression of truth. The experience of beauty helped to prepare him for a personally transformative experience.