Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which commemorates the appearance of Mary to a peasant named Juan Diego in 1531 near Mexico City.
It’s an important day for Catholics on this continent, as Pope John Paul II declared Our Lady of Guadalupe the “Patroness of the Americas” in 1999.
I particularly love this celebration because Mary is one of our tradition’s best teachers of life & justice. There are so many elements of her story that call us to be Christian disciples devoted to protecting and nurturing human life wherever it is threatened.
Let’s look at three of her lessons after the jump: