ST JUAN DIEGO PRAY FOR US THE STArtion oF tHE CROss CATHOLic RADio ITETwORK In preparation for the upcoming Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec 12 we celebrate the feast of St Juan Diego today Dec 9 St Juan Diego pray for us! Thousands of people gathered in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe July 31 2002 for the canonization of Juan Diego to whom the Blessed Mother appeared in the 16th century First called Cuauhtlatohuac “The eagle who speaks” Juan Diego’s name is forever linked with Our Lady of Guadalupe because it was to him that she first appeared at Tepeyac hill on December 9 1531 The most famous part of his story is told in connection with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12 After the roses gathered in his tilma were transformed into the miraculous image of Our Lady however little more is said about Juan Diego In time he lived near the shrine constructed at Tepeyac revered as a holy unselfish and compassionate catechist who taught by word and especially by example During his 1990 pastoral visit to Mexico Pope John Paul II confirmed the long-standing devotion to Juan Diego beatifying him Twelve years later he was proclaimed a saint God counted on Juan Diego to play a humble yet huge role in bringing the Good News to the peoples of Mexico Overcoming his own fear and the doubts of Bishop Juan de Zumarraga Juan Diego cooperated with God’s grace in showing his people that the Good News of Jesus is for everyone In accepting the Christian message without forgoing his indigenous identity Juan Diego discovered the profound truth of the new humanity in which all are called to be children of God St John Paul II Meme

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