Last year I posted this piece about Our Lady of Guadalupe and St Juan Diego Cuatitiatoatzin. This is an opportunity to make it available again.
This year Our Lady's feast is not subsumed by Sunday, so both the apparition and St Juan Diego will be commemorated. St Juan Diego's commemoration falls today, the anniversary of Our Lady appearing to him on the hill of Tepeyac 480 years ago. There is an online life of him and the story of the reception of his story here.
St Juan Diego Cuahtlatoatzin
Image : Wikipedia
Not only is this a day to give thanks for Our Lady's appearance to St Juan Diego and its impact on the life of the Church in New Spain, but also to pray with and for the Church in Mexico which has witnessed bouts of terrible persecution within the last century and a half from anti-clerical and anti-Christian forces.