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Thursday of the Second Week of Advent | Karen Banta

Second Week of Advent

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Scripture:  Revelation 11:19, 12:1-6, 10; Luke 1:26-38

While there have been many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary over the years, I have a great devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe which began after watching the film “The Blood and the Rose”.  The movie recounts the appearance of the Virgin Mary to Juan Diego on December 9, 1531.  I see signs of God’s miraculous actions throughout the film.  

For example, Juan Diego’s tilma, which should have disintegrated within twenty years, has survived for over 450 years despite having no protection for its first 160 years, a solvent spill on it and a bomb explode below it.  

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe includes complex symbols that were easily understood by both the Spanish and indigenous peoples viewing it and helped to unify the two cultures in the New World.  

In the decade after the apparition, there were over 9 million conversions to Catholicism in Mexico from a former Aztec population that had demanded human sacrifices to appease their gods.  This was concurrent with the loss of 5 million Catholics in Europe to the Protestant Reformation.  

Prayer:  O Blessed Virgin Mother, let us remember that we are under your protection and please lead us closer to your Son Jesus Christ!

-Karen Banta