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Our Lady of Guadalupe. Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Our Lady Lourdes.  Fatima.

Is the most famous women in history.
She is greatly loved in the Christian and Muslim world.
Her continuing miracles get no attention.
Her foretold primacy in these times, sadly is not mentioned.

Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Our Lady Lourdes.  Fatima.

These wonders are in plain sight but continue to be unseen by social and commercial media.

Please share these appearances with those interested.  In the HOPE they may investigate further, allowing Mary to lead many to her son, Jesus.

Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe

| Posted by Matthew Sewell |       From the Website     Mountain Catholic

“Am I not here, I, who am your mother?  Are you not under my shadow and protection?  Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, the crossing of my arms?  Am I not the source of all your joy?  What more do you need?  Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.” – The Virgin Mary, to St. Juan Diego at Tepeyac Hill

The great Bill Engvall once lamented that we use the word “awesome” way too casually. He said, “Webster’s dictionary defines awesome as “anything that leaves you in awe and wonder.”Like winning the lottery … twice. That would be awesome. Getting a phone call from the IRS saying you’ve been audited and they owe you $50,000. That would be awesome.”

Know what else would be awesome?

Seeing an apparition of Mary. Then having her grow roses in the middle of winter to prove to the archbishop, then converting 9 million Aztecs within seven years.

That would be….wait…that was awesome.

On December 12 of each year, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Marking the day when, in 1531, the Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego, a 57-year old peasant in Mexico.   According to the earliest account, Juan Diego was walking near Tepeyac Hill (Mexico City) when he came upon an apparition of a “Maiden” who he recognize as the Virgin Mary.

Trying to convince the archbishop of what he had seen, Juan Diego asked Mary for a sign.    Juan Diego was instructed to climb to the top of the hill and gather flowers for the bishop.   Reaching the crest of the hill, Juan Diego found Castilian roses, which were neither in season nor native to the region.  The Blessed Mother arranged the flowers herself in Juan’s tilma (a burlap-type cloak) and instructed him to open the cloak upon return to the bishop.

When Juan Diego arrived back at the bishop’s residence, he opened his cloak and the flowers fell to the floor leaving on the surface of the Tilma the image that’s become known as “Our Lady of Guadalupe”.

What happened next is history. The image became the wellspring of a conversion movement.  The likes of which have rarely been seen before or since.   The Virgin Mother not only spoke to Juan Diego in his native language, but appeared to be wearing the dress of an Aztec princess.  This sparked millions of conversions to the Catholic faith in under seven years. The shrine that was subsequently built on the spot, where the original tilma can still be seen, remains one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world.

But this post is about the tilma, Juan Diego’s cloak, on which the image of the Blessed Mother was imprinted. In the centuries following, some amazing and unexplainable qualities have been discovered.

Here is (literally) four awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

  1. The Tilma has qualities that are humanly impossible to replicate.

Made primarily of cactus fibers, a tilma was typically of very poor quality and had a rough surface, making it difficult  to wear, much less to paint a lasting image. Nevertheless, the image remains, and scientists insist there was no technique used beforehand to treat the surface. The surface bearing the image is reportedly like silk to touch, while the unused portion of the tilma remains coarse.

Experts in infrared photography, determined there were no brush strokes on the tilma (none!).  As if the image was slapped onto the surface.  It was discovered by Dr. Phillip Callahan, a biophysicist at the University of Florida, that it is impossible to recreate:

Such a technique would be an impossible accomplishment in human hands. It often occurs in nature, however, in the coloring of bird feathers and butterfly scales, and on the elytra of brightly colored beetles … By slowly backing away from the painting, to a distance where the pigment and surface sculpturing blend together, the overwhelming beauty of the olive-colored Madonna emerges as if by magic.

This, along with an iridescent quality of slightly changing colors depending on the angle and the coloration in the image has no animal or mineral elements (synthetic colorings didn’t exist in 1531), provide a lot of unanswerable questions.

That’s awesome.

  1. People say it’s just a painting, yet the tilma has outlived them all, in time and in quality.

One of the first things skeptics say is that it has to be a forgery or a fraud.  However, every time an attempt has been made to replicate the image, the original never seems to fade, while its duplicates have deteriorated.  Miguel Cabrera, an artist in the mid-18th Century,  produced three of the best known copies (one for the archbishop, one for the Pope, one for himself ) wrote about the difficulty of recreating the image:

I believe that the most talented and careful painter, if he sets himself to copy this Sacred Image on a canvas of this poor quality, without using sizing, and attempting to imitate the four media employed, would at last after great and wearisome travail, admit that he had not succeeded. And this can be clearly verified in the numerous copies that have been made with the benefit of varnish, on the most carefully prepared canvases, and using only one medium, oil, which offers the greatest facility;

Dr. Adolfo Orozco, a researcher and physicist at the National University of Mexico, spoke in 2009 about the remarkable preservation of the tilma in comparison to its numerous copies.   He said, no scientific explanation is possible for the fact that, “the original Tilma was exposed for approximately 116 years without any kind of protection, receiving all the infrared and ultraviolet radiation from the tens of thousands of candles near it and exposed to the humid and salty air around the temple.”

That’s awesome.

  1. The tilma has shown characteristics startlingly like a living human body.

This is where it gets real crazy. In 1979, when Dr. Callahan was analyzing the tilma using infrared technology, he apparently also discovered that the tilma maintains a constant temperature of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6-37 deg. Celsius), the same as that of a living person.

When Dr. Carlos Fernandez de Castillo, a Mexican gynecologist, examined the tilma, he noticed a four-petaled flower over what was Mary’s womb. The flower, to the Aztecs, was called the Nahui Ollin and was the symbol of the sun, as well as a symbol of plenitude. Upon further examination, Dr. Castillo concluded that the dimensions of Our Lady’s body in the image were that of an expectant mother due quite soon (Dec. 9, the day of the unveiling, is barely two weeks from Christmas…).

Finally, one of the most common attributions and discoveries lie with the Virgin Mary’s eyes in the image.  Dr. Jose Alte Tonsmann, a Peruvian ophthalmologist, revealed the Virgin Mary’s eyes are in different proportions just as any human eye would reflect in an image.  He examining the eyes at 2,500 times magnification.  It appeared to be a snapshot of the very moment Juan Diego unfurled his tilma before the archbishop.

That’s awesome.

4. It appears to be virtually indestructible.

Two distinct events have happened involving the tilma over the centuries: 

In 1785, a worker cleaning the glass encasement of the image accidentally spilled 50% nitric acid,  onto a portion of the image.  The image and the rest of the tilma, reportedly self-restored itself over 30 days.  

In 1921, an anti-clerical activist hid a bomb containing 29 sticks of dynamite in a pot of roses and placed it before the image inside the Basilica at Guadalupe. When the bomb exploded, everything from the marble altar rail, floor to windows were broken,  Yet the image and the glass surrounding the tilma remained untouched.   The only damage that occurred in close proximity to the tilma was a hefty brass crucifix, which was twisted and bent back by the blast.

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