'La Morenita del Tepeyac' Appears Before Juan Diego December 11 2011
The San Antonio Express-News has a piece today on the faith and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is celebrated tonight and going into "las mañanitas" tomorrow. I think it's a devotion that women especially have because they have that connection with her as a mother.
Such devotion stems from the fact that she's so accessible, said Teresita E. Aguilar of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research at Our Lady of the Lake University. “You don't have to go to a priest, a monk, a deacon or preacher.I have OLG icons and veladoras and little statues throughout my house. In times of need, she is definitely my go-to santo.
“She is everywhere you want her to be, in your living room, in your moments of struggles, like when you call your mother,” she said.
Monday the Catholic Church marks the 480th anniversary of the Marian symbol's apparition to St. Juan Diego on a hill called Tepeyac in the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán, now Mexico City.
Last year, we dressed the toddler K up as Juan Diego and took her to leave an offering of roses at the Virgen de Guadalupe capilla inside the National Basilica, here in DC. I thought the outfit might still fit her, but as I took it out today I realized if I put it on her, they would look like capri pants. I'll probably tune in to watch some of the coverage of the celebration in Mexico City on Univision tonight.