Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many people think she is only a image and others believe her to be a special devotion for the Mexican people. The truth is that she is a living icon, a spiritual doorway wide open with supernatural grace flowing out to anyone in her presence.
The image on the Tilma of Juan Diego appeared in an instant, just as the image on the shroud of turin appeared in an instant. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Icon of the New Eve just as The Shroud of Turin is the Icon of the New Adam. Both of these images are theology in color, telling us a story of truth, life and love. These images are supernatural in that no one painted them and there are details such as the colors of the Tilma being neither animal, plant or mineral yet existing 200 years before synthetic dyes were invented. So what is it? It is supernatural.
In the age of advanced technology we have discovered details within and about the Tilma that were always present but that we could not have known until now. We need to shout form the roof tops that in an image where everything means something, these new discoveries mean something! Heaven has written a message to us and it has been waiting to be revealed until now, the age in which we would have the technology to discover it!
The fact that in Our Lady of Guadalupe’s eyes, there is not only the discovery of the Sanson-Purkinje effect, that of a living cornea, but also the discovery of 14 persons. Juan Diego, Bishop Zummaraga, a mother with a child on her back and small children around her as well as others in the room at the time of the apparition. What is God telling us about the Church and about the domestic family by capturing them in her eyes?
The fact that the constellations as they appeared in the morning sky of 1531 from Tepeyac Hill appear exactly on the tilma in perfect alignment. We needed N.A.S.A. software and it’s advanced Kepler’s math to know this! The movie “The Star of Bethlehem” proves that the stars have told stories of biblical proportions since the birth of Jesus. What story are the stars telling us? Why did God chose those particular constellations to be there that morning so they could be captured on the tilma for us to discover hundreds of years later?
The fact that within the Tilma is a musical composition that can be found within the Tilma. In October of 2012 we saw the canonization of St. Hildegard of Bingen. She created music that brought healing to people. She also was a prophet and told us of the anti-mary and the battle that would waged. Could this musical composition be a song in which the vibrations and tones could bring real healing effects to the listeners? Why else would God put it there?
If you have not entered into the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe now is the time to do so. She is calling up a mighty army and desires to heal, protect, form and lead us to Christ. We are on the cusp of another Guadalupian miracle in which those living in the America’s will be privileged to witness mass healing’s and conversions.
If you have been feeling called by her, chances are your one of the chosen ones that she desires to particularly form because you will be on the front lines. If you have not been consecrated to Mary yet, please consider doing so now. The battle we are in will require supernatural grace and protection form the evil one and consecration is the spiritual armor you need.
St. Louis DeMontfort has a great means of consecration and St. Maximilian Kolbe does as well. I have done both and prefer Fr. Michael Gaitley’s “33 Day to Morning Glory” book and workbook. I prefer it because he helps us understand why Mary is important. Many of us have felt like it would be wrong to go to Mary instead of just going right to Jesus, but that is not the case. Mary always leads and points us to her son. She desires none of the glory. She is just our model and our hope because she proves that we can do it! She proves that the power of the cross and the graces that flow from it are sufficient! Mary was immaculately conceived just as Eve was immaculately conceived from the side of Adam. What I mean is that Mary was as sinless as Eve was before the fall. Mary could have sinned, she just didn’t. She shows us what we are capable of with grace from Jesus Christ. His book helps you to walk through this in such a beautiful way. The workbook really helps us to open our hearts, which for many of us, have been hardened by sin and wounds and pain from our lives.
I pray that you enter into the story with me. Heaven is sending us a message of truth, life and love and that message is going to change the world! Will you join in?