St. Juan Diego-9 December 2016

St. Juan Diego

Juan Diego, who witnessed the appearance of Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, who is regarded as the "mother of Mexico," has become an adult.

Juan Diego, who witnessed the appearance of Virgin Mary of Guadalupe, who is regarded as the “mother of Mexico,” has become an adult.

WITNESS OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

Feast: December 9

Information:

Feast Day:
December 9
Born:
1474, Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan, Mexico
Died:
May 30, 1548, Tenochtitlan, Mexico City, Mexico
Canonized:
July 31, 2002, Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico City, Mexico by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine:
Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico City, Mexico
In the sixteenth century, the Blessed Virgin, moved with pity for the Aztec people who, living in the darkness of idolatry, offered to their idols multitudes of human victims, deigned to take into her own hands the evangelization of these Indians of Central America who were also her children. One of the Aztec gods, originally considered the god of fertility, had transformed himself over time into a ferocious god. A symbol of the sun, this god was in continuous battle with the moon and the stars and was believed to need human blood to restore his strength; if he died, life would be extinguished. Ever new victims, to be offered to him in perpetual sacrifice, therefore seemed essential.

An eagle on a cactus

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Source: EWTN’s Saints and other Holy People Home


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