The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe

There are three different but connected stories about Our Lady of Guadalupe.

FIRST: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Spain, 1326. There is the Statue which was buried for SIX HUNDRED YEARS in a cave at Guadalupe in Spain that was revealed by Our Lady to a shepherd man in 1326. Here is what happened:

Our Lady of Guadalupe is a richly decorated statue made of dark wood, a so-called black virgin. It was given in the year 580 by Pope Gregory the Great to Bishop Leander of Seville Spain. During the Moorish invasion of 711, when the priests of Seville fled north, they took the statue with them. A fifteenth century account says that when they came to the mountains near the Guadalupe River, “the saintly priests dug a cave that was like a tomb, surrounded the  cave with large boulders, and placed inside it the image of our Lady Saint Mary.”

The statue was lost and forgotten during the long struggle by Christian forces to take Spain back from the Moors. The expulsion of the Moors was largely complete when, in 1326, a cowherd named Gil Cordero found one of his cows lying dead near a spring. As he started to butcher it, opening it’s breast in the traditional way with a cut in the form of a cross, the cow, to the herdsman’s astonishment and fear, stood up very much alive. Then the Virgin Mary appeared and said to him: “Have no fear, for I am the Mother of God by whom the human race achieved redemption. Take your cow and go…to your home and tell the clergy, and other people to come to this place where I appear to you and to dig here, and they will find a statue of Me.

The herdsman did as he was told, and when others mocked him, he convinced them he was telling the truth by pointing to the cow and saying, “Friends, do not dismiss these things; if you will not believe me, then believe the mark the cow bears on her breast.” And he told the clergy where to dig to find the statue, adding that the Virgin also told him that “she would have many people come to Her house from many regions because of the many miracles She would work on sea as well as land.” So the clergy and others went there and found the statue of Mary just where it had been buried some six hundred years before.

The clergy immediately, began building a crude chapel to house the Madonna, later the King of Spain ordered that a chapel be built on the site, which soon became a shrine. Over the centuries, members of the ruling class donated elaborate  garments for the statue, including a headdress containing thirty thousand jewels. It is believed that Christopher Columbus prayed here before making his first voyage to the New world, where he named a West Indian island Guadeloupe in honor of the Virgin. + (This article was taken from ‘Miracles of Mary’ by Michael S. Durham).

SECOND: There is the story of CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS.
This great man and his crew went to Holy Mass where they all received Holy Communion at the hands of Padre Juan Perez. Columbus renamed his flag ship ‘Santa Maria’ – (Holy Mary). The other ships were called ‘Pinta’ (Paint) and ‘Nina’ (Girl). If we put the names together we see the prophesy to be fulfilled in 1531 at Guadalupe, Mexico, ‘Holy Mary Paints Girl.’

Notice in the previous article that Our Lady said: ‘the many miracles She would work on sea as well as land’, well the renaming the flag ship to Santa Maria was a prophetic event which in the next article is fulfilled in the Tilma.

THIRD: Again – Our Lady of Guadalupe, this time in Mexico, 1531.
It was the Heavenly sounds something like a choir of songbirds, most unusual for a cold winter day that brought the Mexican peasant Juan Diego to a sudden stop as he ran over a hill called Tepeyac. The date was Saturday December 9, 1531.

Then he heard a woman’s voice of incomparable sweetness calling him from above: “Juan, Juan Diego, Juanito, Juan Dieguito.” Climbing to the top of the rock-strewn hill, Juan beheld a beautiful Mexican girl, “radiant as the sun, emerging from a golden cloud of light.” She spoke to him in his native dialect, “Juan, smallest and dearest of my little children, where were you going?” After Juan explained that he was on his way to the town of Tlaltelolco to hear Mass and receive religious instruction, the young woman identified herself: “I am the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God Who gives life and maintains it in existence.”

The apparition asked that a church a trecoali in Juan’s Aztec dialect-be built on that spot and promised, “I will show my compassion to your people and to all people who sincerely ask my help in their sorrows.” The Virgin then told him to go Tenochtitlan, the native word for the settlement that was to become Mexico City, and relay her request to the bishop. Juan Diego, was now prostrate on the ground before her, agreed to do this at once,

Juan Diego was then fifty seven years old. He lived near his uncle, Juan Bernardino, who had raised him from childhood, in a nearby village called Tolpetlac.  The two men had been converted to Christianity, a faith that had been brought to Mexico by Cortez during his conquest in 15l9-21, just a few years before. Juan Diego knew nothing of the world beyond his own village. He had never been to Tenochtitlan, although the island city was only five miles away

When Juan arrived at the palace of Fray Juan de Zumarraga, the Bishop-elect of Tenochtitlan, suspicious servants kept the rustic, who insisted that his message was for the bishop’s ears only, waiting for hours. Finally Juan was ushered into the bishop’s presence. No one knows exactly what was said; apparently Bishop Zumarraga humored Juan Diego by promising he would think about the Virgin’s request for a church at Tepeyac and he ended the interview on an encouraging note: he said that Juan Diego could return later if  he wanted.

Juan was not happy about the message he had to relate to the Virgin, who was waiting for him in the same place on the hill. He implored her to send someone else, insisting, “I am nobody.” But the Virgin was not to be dissuaded. Addressing him as “My little son,” she replied: “There are many I could send. But you are the one I have chosen.” She told him to return the next day to the bishop and repeat the request.

At the palace on Sunday, the  bishop again listened patiently, then told Juan to ask the Virgin for a sign as proof of who she was. Back at Tepeyac, the Virgin told her “little son” to return the next morning and she would provide a sign.

Juan returned home to find his uncle deathly ill with fever. To nurse him, Juan stayed by his side and did not meet the Virgin, as he had promised, on Monday morning. On Tuesday his uncle implored Juan to go to Tlaltelolco for a priest. Juan set off immediately, but, in crossing Tepeyac, he veered around the other side of the hill in hopes of avoiding the Virgin. But, as he had feared, there she was blocking his path.

Juan was afraid the Virgin would be angry, but she reassured him: “Do not be distressed and afraid.” His uncle had already recovered from his illness, she said. Now Juan was free to go on to the bishop and repeat her request that a church be built. But first he needed a sign, so she sent him to the top of the mountain to pick the flowers growing there.

Juan Diego must have wondered what sort of flowers he would find growing there among the cacti in the middle of December. But there they were – Castilian roses growing in profusion. He made a pouch from his tilma, the traditional blanket-like cape he was wearing, filled it with blossoms, and hurried back to where the Virgin waited. She neatly rearranged the flowers, tied the lower corners of the tilma around his neck so the flowers would not fall out, and sent him on his way with the promise that, this tine, the bishop would believe him.

At the palace, Juan came before the bishop and members of his entourage. He told his story then untied the cape and let the flowers tumble to the floor. But it wasn’t the winter roses that caused the bishop and others to fall to their knees. It was the cape. For there on the outside of the rough woven garment was a picture of Mary just as Juan Diego had described her: a radiant figure bathed in golden rays of light, wearing a bluish mantle bordered in gold and adorned with golden stars.

The next day, Wednesday, the tilma was taken to the cathedral where crowds came to see and worship. Juan took the bishop to the spot where he first saw the Virgin and then returned to his village, where his uncle was waiting, completely cured. He told Juan that while he was near death, a young woman surrounded by a soft light, appeared out of the darkness and told him that she had sent his nephew to Tenochtitlan with a picture of her self. Just before She vanished, She said, “Call Me and call My image Santa Maria de Guadalupe.” When the Spanish clergy heard that, they were delighted, for Guadalupe, in that era was the name of the most famous shrine to Mary in Spain.

It took only thirteen days to build a simple chapel at the site. On the day after Christmas, a procession brought the tilma to Tepeyac. Until he died in 1548, Juan Diego lived in a hut next to the chapel, where he spent his days telling his story and showing the picture on the cape to pilgrims. After his uncle died in 1544, his simple dwelling in Tolpetlac became a chapel.

The Virgin’s image continued to work miracles. In 1544, the presence of the tilma is believed to have ended a pestilence that was decimating the population of Mexico City. In 1546, when heavy rains threatened to flood the city, a lay sister dreamed she saw the Virgin of Guadalupe propping up the walls of the convent, and so the picture was returned to Mexico City until the waters subsided. In 1921, with the tilma was now in a large cathedral at Tepeyac, anticlerical forces detonated a powerful bomb that was hidden in flowers at the altar. The blast miraculously killed no one and caused no damage to the image of Mary

There have been many scientific inquiries into the structure of the tilma, including one in 1977 that used infrared photography and computer enhancement to examine the picture, but none has produced a satisfactory explanation of how an image of such startling clarity could be superimposed on material woven from crude cactus cloth. Under ordinary circumstances, such material should have disintegrated within twenty years. Nor has the cloth been sized or the paint varnished, but still the image has not faded or cracked in more than four and a half centuries. The artists and scientists who have examined the Virgin of Guadalupe over the years mostly agree with the inquiry of 1666 that concluded, “It is impossible for any human craftsman to paint or create a work so fine, clean, and well formed on fabric so coarse as that of this tilma.”

It is also believed that the name Guadalupe might have been the result of linguistic confusion or perhaps it was divine design. In speaking to the uncle, Juan Bernardino, in dialect, the Virgin might have used a word, Coatlallope, that sounded like Guadalupe to the Spaniards but to the natives meant “who treads on the snake.” The Spaniards were pleased because the word, as they heard it, linked the miracle at Tepeyac to the most famous shrine to Mary in Spain, and the natives were delighted because the word in their language predicted the demise of a dreaded god, a feathered serpent, whom they would happily be rid of.

The Virgin of Guadalupe helped the Mexican people achieve a national and religious identity. In 1754, Pope Benedict XIV declared her Patroness and Protectress of New Spain, and during the Mexican Revolutionary Wars, the insurgents rallied to the cry “Long live the Virgin of Guadalupe and down with bad government.” And they carried her image on their banners into battle.

Today, the influence of the Virgin of Guadalupe is felt throughout the hemisphere, especially in the southwestern United States. In 1945,she was again coronated, this time as “Queen of Wisdom of the Americas.”

At Tepeyac the original chapel holding the tilma was rebuilt several times until it was replaced by a twin towered basilica in 1709. The tilma was moved again in 1976 to a new round cathedral, built next to the old, with a capacity of ten thousand people. Twelve million people visit Guadalupe, long ago swallowed up by Mexico City every year. It is, by far, the most popular shrine to the Virgin Mary in the western Hemisphere.
(This article was taken from ‘Miracles of Mary’ by Michael S. Durham).

MAYBE A FOURTH: I conclude this article with a story of a faithful friend and his family. I received them all into the Church – married them, baptized their six children, and heard the oldest First Confession and gave them their First Holy Communion.
Where do they live? On Guadalupe Mountain, part of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range, (Blood of Christ) on the Red River (Blood of Christ)! Their Family Name? Perez, same as Padre Juan who celebrated Mass for Christopher Columbus!

God bless you all.

Homosexuals, Effeminates, Transvestites and Pedophiles

We will deal with this in three categories:
1. The Church
2. The Government, and
3. The Press.

Let us be very clear from the outset, all approval of homosexuals (which term includes lesbians) and transvestites in any manner is an offence against the Lord God Almighty, and those who agree or vote for them in any way are guilty of the same sin, as Saint Paul says: “…Who, having known the justice of God, did not understand that they who do such things, are worthy of death, and not only they that do them, but they also that consent to them that do them” (Rm 1:32). So beware that all who consent to ‘gay’ activity are guilty of a grave and deadly sin. There can be sympathy or tolerance of these people who are subject to Satan, but they must be told the truth.

Scripture records: “You shall not lie with mankind as with womankind because it is an abomination. You shall not copulate with any beast, neither shall you be defiled with it. A woman shall not lie down to a beast, nor copulate with it, because it is a heinous crime. Defile not yourselves with any of these things with which all the nations have been defiled, which I will cast out before you, and with which the land is defiled, the abominations of which I will visit, that it may vomit out its inhabitants” (Lv 18:22-25). This is clear language and the ‘gay pride’ movement is guilty of not only sodomy, but also the first of the seven deadly sins which is ‘pride.’ Let all be alerted to the fact that: “…the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the Kingdom of God” (1Co 6:10).

1. The Church
There is no excuse for any ‘church’ to avoid this subject of homosexuals, effeminates, transvestites and pedophiles. There is no excuse for any religious group to condone homosexuals regardless of the consequences. The alternative to acquiescence is terrible, as they should know what God has said: “If any one lie with a man as with a woman, both have committed an abomination, let them be put to death. Their blood be upon them” (Lv 20:13). Their ‘blood’ is upon that so called ‘church.’ The Church leaders have a responsibility as it is recorded: “There were also the effeminate in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the people, whom the Lord had destroyed before the face of the children of Israel…And he (Josaphat) took away the effeminate out of the land, and removed all the filth of the idols, which his fathers had made…And the remnant also of the effeminate, who remained in the days of Asa, his father, he took out of the land” (3K 14:24;15:12; 22:47).

Homosexual acts include pedophilia, and the abuse of children is a horror. The scandal of priests in the Roman Catholic Church is a horror and inexcusable. The devil has commanded a frontal attack against the Catholic clergy in particular, because he must defeat Jesus in Holy Eucharist, and by destroying the priesthood, he believes that he can defeat Jesus Eucharist, and so defeat the Second Coming of Christ. If he can defeat the Second Coming, then he can defeat the coming of Jesus Christ to judge the Living and the dead. If he can defeat Jesus in Holy Eucharist, then he can conquer the whole world. If he can conquer the world, then he will not be put down into hell for all eternity. So this attack is for his survival, otherwise he knows that he has but a short time remaining: “Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he has but a short time” (Apoc 12: 12).

It is estimated that the clergy (including Protestant minister, rabbis, mullahs etc.) make up about 7% of all the pedophiles, while the other 93% come mainly from parents and relatives of the victims. It is further estimated that there are 3% of Catholic clergy who are abusers (and this includes their accomplices who know of the activities and have not reported them to the proper authorities – I will deal with this in another article about Church and State). These people should know better as it is written: “As Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighboring cities, in like manner, having given themselves to fornication and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. In like manner, these men also defile the flesh and despise dominion and blaspheme majesty” (Jude 1:7,8).

The numbers of ‘religious’ is excessively high and I point them out because of how repugnant they are to Almighty God, Whom these perverts pretend to represent. This number does not include homosexual priests, religious brothers and nuns. They must repent now as their day is coming: “He destroyed also the pavilions of the effeminate, which were in the house of the Lord, for which the women wove as it were little dwellings for the grove” (4K 23:7).

Those who know their co-workers in the Vineyard to be in grave sin must speak out against them and not condone (by silence) their activities: “Fear casts down the slothful, and the souls of the effeminate shall be hungry” (Pr 18:8).

The leaders in the Church have the responsibility, duty and right to speak out against all laws which protect homosexuals, effeminates, transvestites and pedophiles, and condemn them publicly with excommunication. The Church leaders cannot be silent in any matter of faith and morals, and morals include all government and press activities. The leaders in the Church have the obligation to excommunicate all politicians and leaders in society who promote in any way the homosexuals and their counterparts. The leaders of the Church must ask for the mercy and forgiveness of God for failures to root out all who in any way abused their responsibilities given at Ordination. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Mt 7:7).

2. The Government
The governments of the world today are cesspools of iniquity. The voting populace are responsible for allowing perverts into positions of public responsibility: “…And I will give children to be their princes, and the effeminate shall rule over them” (Is 3:4).

It would be fair to say that the governments of the world are controlled by sexual perverts and cowards: “For either they sacrifice their own children, or use hidden sacrifices, or keep watches full of madness, so that now they neither keep life, nor marriage undefiled, but one kills another through envy, or grieves him by adultery, and all things are mingled together, blood, murder, theft, and dissimulation, corruption and unfaithfulness, tumults and perjury, disquieting of the good, forgetfulness of God, defiling of souls, changing of nature, disorder in marriage, and the irregularity of adultery and uncleanness” (Ws 14:23-26).

Governments around the world are forcing homosexuality acceptance upon the populace. They are making it a crime to oppose the perverts. They are making it a crime for the Church and other ‘churches’ to refuse to marry lesbians to lesbians and homosexual men to homosexual men. The governments make the laws and knowing that the homosexual community are the most active voting block, they force sinful laws against the general population so that these groups will work hard to reelect them: “Knowing this: That the law is not made for the just man but for the unjust and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the wicked and defiled, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for them who defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and whatever other thing is contrary to sound doctrine, which is according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God which has been committed to my trust” (1T 1:9-11). The politicians promote and protect abortions and abortionists, which above is mentioned as ‘manslayers.’

The Holy Bible which was given to us by the Catholic Church in 400 AD foretells of the end of evil governments: “And reducing the cities of the Sodomites and of the Gomorrhites into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown, making them an example to those that should after act wickedly, and delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked, for in sight and hearing he was just, dwelling among them who from day to day vexed the just soul with unjust works. The Lord knows how to deliver the godly from temptation, but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented, and especially them who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise government, audacious, self willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming” (2P 2:2-20). This verse assures us that the Church will be triumphant in it’s fight against the evil governments and their promotion of homosexuality. The ‘just Lot’ is a prophesy of the people today who oppose the governments promoting homosexuality.

On another note, the attempts by governments to eradicate AIDS is futile because it is written: “And, in like manner, the men also, leaving the natural use of the women, have burned in their lusts, one towards another, men with men, working that which is filthy and receiving in themselves the recompense which was due to their error” (Rm 1:26,27). Percentage wise, the greater number of AIDS victims are to be found in government offices, followed by television, radio, and newspaper employees. This is why politicians speak in favour of homosexuals, whom they erroneously refer to as ‘gays’ – maybe ‘sads’ would be a more appropriate term: “And the men of Sodom were very wicked, and sinners before the face of the Lord beyond measure…And the Lord said: The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is multiplied, and their sin is become exceedingly grievous…And the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven” (Gn 13:13; 18:20; 19:24). The politicians court the press because they need their endorsement.

When the just people of the world, that is, those who stand up for their God given rights, continue to pray for the Government of God to come upon the earth the same as it is in Heaven, then they know that the Will of God will be done on earth exactly the same as it is done in Heaven, and that it is then His Kingdom will arrive (Mt 6:10): “Likewise as it came to pass in the days of Lot, they did eat and drink, they bought and sold, they planted and built, and in the day that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all” (Lk17:28,29).

Let the governments of the world who promote homosexuality and force the innocent to accept the demonic activity that: “the just shall never be moved, but the wicked shall not dwell on the earth” (Pr 10:30). The evil governments of homosexuals will be defeated. It is not too late to turn to Jesus: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all iniquity” (1Jn 1:9).

3. The Press
Like the governments of the world today, the ‘press’ have become cesspools of iniquity. They have taken on the mantra as judge and jury to oppose all Catholics, that is all Christians who proclaim the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They oppose all who are opposed to homosexual activities. Let the members of the press understand that it is written: “Dissemblers and crafty men prove the wrath of God, neither shall they cry when they are bound. Their soul shall die in a storm, and their life among the effeminate” (Job 36:13,14). Unless they desist from their evil craft, they are on their way to hell for all eternity: “I beseech you, commit not this crime against nature on the man” (Judges 19:24).

It is true that the majority of people in the ‘press’ support homosexuals and transvestites, while a great number of them are as such. They protest against everyone who opposes their stance: “The show of their countenance has answered them, and they have proclaimed abroad their sin as Sodom, and they have not hid it; woe to their souls, for evils are rendered to them…Woe to the wicked unto evil, for the reward of his hands shall be given him” (Is 3:9-11).

The ‘press’ have a great responsibility to promote the truth and justice of Jesus Christ. They will be asked to give an account of their writings and proclamations when they face the Dreadful Judge after death, and they surely will die. What will be their answer when they are asked for an account of their stewardship? It will be a terrifying moment when they are told: “Depart from Me you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels” (Mt 25:41). The homosexual promoting members of the ‘press’ are the devil’s disciples.

The members of the press seek to please their Zionist and Masonic masters. The members of the press seek money, and power, and glory, and recognition now, and they have it, although it is short lived. Yet, if they are married and have children, they do have a consolation, for thus says the Lord: “I will not visit upon your daughters, when they shall commit fornication, and upon your spouses when they shall commit adultery, because themselves conversed with harlots, and offered sacrifice with the effeminate, and the people that do not understand shall be beaten” (Ho 4:14). The promotion of the homosexual lifestyle is the offering of sacrifice with and for the effeminate. You can yet receive forgiveness from Jesus Christ if you turn to Him and ask for His mercy and help: “Do penance therefore for this your wickedness and pray to God, that perhaps this thought of your heart may be forgiven you” (Acts 8:22).

I ask blessings upon all who read these articles, and pray that any who are homosexuals, transvestites or pedophiles, will leave that sinful lifestyle and come to the mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ – He is Lord of all the earth (Ps 96:5).