Roses of Our Lady

Today’s Word:

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:45)

On This Date…


On Tuesday, December 12, 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the hilltop where he would find roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady, who sent him to the bishop as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That image now hangs above the main altar of the basilica.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. Of Our Lady, her cousin Elizabeth said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, and so can we.

– Father McLaughlin