Virgen de Guadalupe

Richard G Witham

Joined February 2008

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I found a ragged Virgin
Cast among the weeds
Picked her up and wondered
How this might come to be

Someone may have tossed her
Disgruntled and despaired
Her help no longer wanted
For some unanswered prayer

Or maybe she was ripped away
From frail and weakened hands
By winds too strong and fierce
For anyone to stand

Then again she may have come
With plans to meet me here
Waiting in her bed of weeds
For me to happen near

“Well come along with me”, I said
“The day has nearly ended”
“My house is not too far away”
“And company would be splendid”

“I haven’t got a manger”
“Nor a comfy crib of hay”
“But to what I have to offer”
“You’re welcome anyway”

“Or perhaps you’ll only rest a while”
“And then be on your way”

Photograph taken along the sidewalk on a street in Hermosillo, Son Mexico
Olympus E-PL2, 27mm, 1/60 Sec, f/4.6, ISO 200

Our Lady of Guadalupe Taken verbatim from Wikipedia

Two accounts published in the 1640s, one in Spanish and the other in Nahuatl, tell how, during a walk from his home village to Mexico City early on the morning of December 9, 1531 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Spanish Empire), the peasant Juan Diego saw a vision of a young girl of fifteen or sixteen, surrounded by light, on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac. Speaking in the local language, Nahuatl, the Lady asked for a church to be built at that site in her honor, and from her words Juan Diego recognized her as the Virgin Mary. Diego told his story to the Spanish Archbishop, Fray Juan de Zumárraga, who instructed him to return and ask the Lady for a miraculous sign to prove her claim. The Virgin told Juan Diego to gather some flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill. It was winter and no flowers bloomed, but on the hilltop Diego found flowers of every sort, and the Virgin herself arranged them in his tilma, or peasant cloak. When Juan Diego opened the cloak before Zumárraga on December 12, the flowers fell to the floor, and in their place was the Virgin of Guadalupe, miraculously imprinted on the fabric.

Juan Diego’s Tilma is still on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City

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