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Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Book - Catholic Story Coloring Book

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Book

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Mary Fabyan Windeatt

One day in December of 1531, as the 55-year-old Mexican Indian Juan Diego struggled along on his way to Mass, he noticed an unearthly cloud up on Tepeyac Hill.  Coming closer, he saw a beautiful lady.  She spoke to Juan, telling him she was the Blessed Virgin Mary and asking for a church where she could show forth her love and mercy.  She asked Juan to deliver this message to the Bishop.

When Juan arrived at the Bishop's palace, the Bishop did not believe his story.  The servants there were even rude to him.  But Our Lady came again and gave Juan some beautiful roses - in December! - as proof for the Bishop that she had really come.  But when Juan opened up his cloak to show the roses to the Bishop, the amazed Bishop stared at the inside of the garment:  painted upon it was a beautiful picture of the Mother of God!  Juan too was amazed.  He burst out, "It's the Virgin of Tepeyac!  And just as I saw her on the little hill!"  "My son, how we've misjudged you!"  exclaimed the Bishop.  "May God forgive us all..."

Soon a shrine was built for the beautiful miraculous picture of Our Lady; there she would be known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Many thousands of people came to honor her.  Our Lady was very pleased with them, and with her faithful servant, Juan Diego.  Our Lady of Guadalupe would shower graces and blessings on her people there for years and years to come.

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St. Juan Diego

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/09
Roman Rite Calendar - 12/09

 Juan Diego Cuautlatoatzin
9 December
Born an impoverished free man in a strongly class-conscious society. Farm worker, field labourer, and mat maker. Married layman with no children. A mystical and religious man even as a pagan, he became an adult convert to Christianity around age 50, taking the name Juan Diego. Widower in 1529. Visionary to whom the Virgin Mary appeared at Guadalupe on 9 December 1531, leaving him the image known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. On 20 December 2001 a second miracle attributed to Juan Diego's intervention was decreed by the Congregation and approved by Pope John Paul II.
1474 Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan (about 15 miles north of modern Mexico City, Mexico) as Cuauhtlatoatzin
30 May 1548 of natural causes
9 April 1990 by Pope John Paul II at Vatican City; confirmed and ceremony held on 6 May 1990 at Mexico City, Mexico
31 July 2002 at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico by Pope John Paul II
Name Meaning
eagle that talks (Cuauhtlatoatzin)

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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