Saint Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
It was to Juan Diego that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared. Juan lived in the sixteenth century when Mexico City was known as the Valley of Anahuac. After the apparitions, it is said that Juan became a hermit. He spent the rest of his life in prayer and penance. His little hut was near the first chapel that was built on Tepeyac Hill. He was greatly esteemed. Juan took care of the little church and greeted the pilgrims who began to come there to honor their Mother of Guadalupe. He would show them the miraculous tilma or cloak, that preserves Mary's beautiful image.
Juan Diego was declared a saint on July 31, 2002 by Pope John Paul II.. You can still see Juan Diego's tilma in Mexico City today. Juan Diego's story is a particularly powerful story for us in the Americas. Ages 9-12.
114 pp, soft cover, 4.5" x 7"