A Christmas story….

January 18, 2018

One of the best stories about Christmas happened almost five hundred years ago near Mexico City.  In December of 1531, just thirty-nine years after Columbus

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

landed in the New World, an Aztec man named Juan Diego (his Spanish name) was walking to church to go to mass.  Mary, the Mother of Jesus, appeared to him and asked that he give a message to the local pastor that she wanted a church built in her honor at that site.  The pastor and local people didn’t believe him, and sent him away.  After all, he was a poor peasant, with no education, nobility, or rank.

Soon thereafter, Juan Diego was on his way to mass again, when Our Lady appeared to him again.  He told her all that had happened and that the pastor required proof.

Our Lady took him over the crest of a nearby hill and he picked the flowers that grew there.  The flowers would be the proof he needed since flowers never grew there, especially out of season.  Juan Diego put the flowers under his cape and went to see the local pastor.  Like before, he was ridiculed and jostled.  The flowers fell out of his cape and every one fell to their knees in awe and homage.

It wasn’t the flowers they saw, but the image of Mary, the Mother of God, imprinted on the inside of Juan Diego’s cape.

The year 2031, just thirteen years from this coming December marks the five hundredth year of this event.

A large church was built to honor Mary.  The cape, made of cactus fiber, with Mary’s image on it exist to this day in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.  The image is still there.  Shortly after Mary’s appearance, over a million Aztecs were baptized.  After all, Mary appeared as a young Aztec woman, dressed in Aztec clothing, spoke to Juan Diego in the Aztec language, and she appears to be pregnant!

With all that is going on in our country, we can have hope because we can turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe.  “Praise be to our Lord, Jesus Christ!”

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