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About Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

On December 12, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in memory of the series of apparitions of Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe to a Mexican peasant, St. Juan Diego, in the 16th century. The actual words that Mary spoke when identifying herself in the native language meant “she who crushes the stone serpent”; at the time the primary god of the native pagan religion in the area was a stone serpent. However, to the Spanish that had recently come to Mexico, it sounded like the Spanish word Guadalupe, the name of a favorite image of Mary in Spain.

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Coffee! Now THAT’S the way to start my morning

Mystic Monk Coffee

Do you wish you could avoid the crazy price of coffee at your local coffee shop? Do you wish you could find delicious coffee that you could brew at home? Wouldn't it be great if you could buy coffee and support Catholics at the same time?

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The Oplatki Christmas Wafer Tradition

Oplatki Christmas Wafers

A Beautiful and Inspiring Christmas Tradition from Eastern Europe Oplatki Christmas WafersAmong Catholic families in Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, the start of the traditional Wigilia (Christmas Eve Vigil) meal begins with the Oplatki, Oblatky, or Plotkele, a thin Communion-like rectangular wafer made of unleavened bread and stamped with different Christmas symbols. Some families call it the “bread of Love” and it is widely known in English-speaking countries simply as the Christmas wafer. Some eastern German families are also known to use a wafer called Opladen in their Christmas cooking.

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