In 1531 Mary appeared to Juan Diego, a humble working man in Mexico. She appeared not as a European woman, but as a woman of his own ethnicity, and spoke to him in his own language. News of this miracle was the first step in the conversion of a huge number of South Americans to Christianity. Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of my favorite of all Mary’s appearances, because she chose to appear, not to a powerful or wealthy man, but to a poor and ordinary man. And the fact that she spoke his language, and looked like one of his own people, for me is a sign that God is something a little different for all of us. He is what we need Him to be, and Mary personified this.
For that reason I chose an Our Lady of Guadalupe doll for my new god-daughter, Maeve, who is being baptized today. I figure if she bops someone in the head with it during Mass they can’t possibly be annoyed – they’ll have to take it as a special blessing 😉
I found her on at an Etsy shop, made by a woman named Tricia who does beautiful work.
*UPDATE: MAEVE IS ON HER WAY TO THE HOSPITAL WITH A HIGH FEVER, SO HER BAPTISM HAS BEEN POSTPONED. PLEASE KEEP HER IN YOUR PRAYERS.
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