Our Lady of Guadalupe
This statue is the center piece in my prayer garden in the back yard. It is so lovely. Our Lady of Guadalupe reminds me that God comes to meet us where we are. She reminds me that God works miracles. She helps me focus on my vocation as a wife and mother. She also reminds me of course that if even she, the Mother of God, needs Jesus' saving grace so certainly then do I.
In the front of the house we have our statue of Our Lord and a cross. I love having these physical reminders to always help me stay the course.
Below is some brief information about Our Lady of Guadalupe. The full story is amazing.
Our Lady of GuadalupeFeast day: December 12
Patron of the Americas
Missionaries who first came to Mexico with the conquistadors had little success in the beginning. After nearly a generation, only a few hundred Native Mexicans had converted to the Christian faith. Whether they simply did not understand what the missionaries had to offer or whether they resented these people who made them slaves, Christianity was not popular among the native people. Then in 1531 miracles began to happen. Jesus' own mother appeared to humble Juan Diego. The signs -- of the roses, of the uncle miraculously cured of a deadly illness, and especially of her beautiful image on Juan's mantle -- convinced the people there was something to be considered in Christianity. Within a short time, six million Native Mexicans had themselves baptized as Christians. The first lesson is that God has chosen Mary to lead us to Jesus. No matter what critics may say of the devotion of Mexicans (and Mexican descendants) to Our Lady of Guadalupe, they owe their Christianity to her influence. If it were not for her, they would not know her Son, and so they are eternally grateful. The second lesson we take from Mary herself. Mary appeared to Juan Diego not as a European madonna but as a beautiful Aztec princess speaking to him in his own Aztec language. If we want to help someone appreciate the gospel we bring, we must appreciate the culture and the mentality in which they live their lives. By understanding them, we can help them to understand and know Christ. Our Lady of Guadalupe is patron of the Americas.
(resource www. catholic.org)