December 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas (Mexico, 1531)

I am the Mother of Ipalnemohuani (IV)

But the Blessed Virgin came down the hill to meet him, and blocking his way, she said, "Where are you going, my dearest and humblest son? Where are you headed to?" He bowed and greeted the Lady and told her that although it would make her sad, he must tell her that his uncle was very ill and he would surely die from it soon, so he must go quickly and call a priest. He assured her that he would come back again tomorrow for her. But the merciful and ever-virgin Saint Mary replied, "Listen and understand, my humblest and dearest son: what has troubled you, what has afflicted you is nothing. Do not let it disturb you. Do not fear this illness or any other illness. Am I not here? Am I not your mother? Aren't you under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? (...) As Juan Diego listened to the Lady from Heaven, he felt comforted and his heart became peaceful. And at that very moment his uncle became well, as they later found out.

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