Born at Cuautlitlán in Mexico, Juan Diego lived as one of the Chichimeca people. Eventually Fr. Peter da Gand, one of the first Franciscan missionaries, baptized him.
Later, on 9 December 1531, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego at Tepeyac, which is near Mexico City today. She sent him to request of Bishop Zumárraga the building of a shrine there, where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her. The bishop asked Juan Diego to present proof of the apparition. On 12 December, Our Lady sent Juan Diego to gather roses atop the hill at Tepeyac. Despite the cold of winter, he found roses in bloom and gathered them within his cloak, or tilma. Our Lady arranged the roses and sent them with Juan Diego to the bishop as proof. Opening his tilma, the roses fell to the ground and there remained impressed upon the tilma the image of Our Lady, the apparition at Tepeyac.
With the grace of enlightenment, Juan Diego dedicated himself to prayer as well as the practice of virtue and boundless love of God and neighbor.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque, print and photo.)
Prayer to St. Juan Diego
You who were chosen by Our Lady of Guadalupe as an instrument to show your people and the world that the way of Christianity is one of love, compassion, understanding, values, sacrifices, repentance of our sins, appreciation and respect for God’s creation, and most of all one of humility and obedience;
You whom we know is now in the Kingdom of the Lord and close to our Mother;
Be our angel and protect us, stay with us as we struggle in this modern life often not knowing where to set our priorities;
Help us to pray to our God to obtain the gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them for the good of humanity and the good of our Church, through the Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Heart of Jesus. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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