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The Virgin of Guadalupe in New York City!

The Virgin of Guadalupe in New York City!

Omar and I are devotees of the Virgin of Guadalupe.   When everything seems to be going wrong, she sure comes through for us.   She keeps an eye on us on the good days, too!

December 2, 2007

Virgin of Guadalupe

Virgin of Guadalupe

I can’t begin to tell you how important the Virgin of Guadalupe is to Mexico.  She is an iconic part of our national image.  Carlos Fuentes said that you can leave behind your Catholicism and no one really cares, but if you don’t love the Virgin of Guadalupe, you can’t be Mexican.  He’s right.

Our patron Saint’s feast day is December 12—the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Schools and businesses close, and people make pilgrimages from all over Mexico—often on foot—to visit the Virgin in La Villa, the Basilica built where the Virgin appeared to Don Juan Diego from December 9 through December 12, 1531, almost 500 years ago.  She left her image imprinted upon his tilma (a rough cloak), and that is the same image that can be seen in Mexico City today.

On October 7th the Virgin started a pilgrimage of her own, through 9 Mexican and 13 U.S. states, to be in New York City (probably in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral) on December 12.  Runners have carried a torch all the way from Mexico City to New York City to commemorate the event.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is a big part of our lives.  Omar and I met through her intervention (I’ll tell you the story some day—its a real miracle) and she has guided and nudged and helped us ever since.  We have visited her tens of times in Mexico City.

Omar is working in Mexico and can’t get away, but I’m with my folks in New York and wild horses couldn’t keep me from the city on the 12th.  I want to give thanks for all the wonderful things in our lives and to ask for new directions in these changing times.

If you are at Saint Patrick’s and happen to see me, please stop and say hi!  I’m a tropical boy, so will be dressed up like Ralphie’s brother in “A Christmas Story.”

And if you aren’t familiar with the Virgin of Guadalupe, read up in advance—her story is fascinating and is absolutely essential to understanding Mexico.

Dan and Omar

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