"... but then on December 12, 1531, Mary provided a sign that convinced the bishop that Juan Diego spoke the truth."
Is this the first recorded appearance of Mary?
posted on 12/12/2006 5:20:24 PM PST
Tuesday, December 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Answer Beginning to Happen
Bishop Zumarraga prayed to Our Lady for help in what was an impossible situation. How could he convert a people who were too terrified of their gods to turn away from them? How could he ever unite under the banner of Christ the Spanish and the Aztecs, when there was so much reason for each to be suspicious of the other? As the Bishop prayed, Our Lady quietly appeared on an unimportant hill to a poor Aztec. At the very moment Zummarraga was longing for help, the answer was already beginning to happen. The Jewish people longed for their kingdom to be restored and to last for ever, as had been promised to the great King David. As the Jewish people prayed for a messiah to deliver them, an angel was appearing to a young girl in the little known northern town of Nazareth. As they prayed for deliverance, the answer was already beginning to happen. As we pray that Gods kingdom come through Jesus Christ, do we pray with faith that the answer to our prayers is already beginning to happen? Do we recognize the seemingly insignificant ways that God is already breaking into our lives? Are we aware that God has chosen us as those seemingly insignificant instruments through which he will manifest the coming of his Kingdom?
Reflection based on Luke 1:26-38
Father Richard Veras
Loving Father, let me be aware of all the ways that you offer yourself to me in even the least significant circumstances of my life.
posted on 12/12/2006 6:06:22 PM PST
(†With God all things are possible.†)
Nope. There were definitely a few in the first millenium as well.
posted on 12/12/2006 7:04:51 PM PST
("Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world." - Pope Blessed Pius IX)
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