Saturday, November 15, 2008

Our Lady of Guadalupe

In 1531 a "Lady from Heaven" appeared to a poor Indian at Tepeyac, a hill northwest of Mexico City; She identified herself as the Mother of the True God, instructed him to have the bishop build a temple on the site and left an image of Herself imprinted miraculously on his tilma, a poor quality cactus-cloth, which should have deteriorated in 20 years but shows no sign of decay 474 years later and still defies all scientific explanations of its origin.
God of power and mercy, You blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May Her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through Your justice present in our hearts, may Your peace reign in the world. We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Creating a bracelet to make honor to Our most humble Lady of Guadalupe to me brings so much joy and it is very special for me and feel so Blessed being able to create one and share my love for Her with others.
My first experience with Our Lady of Guadalupe was several years ago that I found myself witnessing Her apparition to St. Juan Diego, I could feel the heat of the day, see the hill with all the rocks and dry plants, the cactus and I could see, what I believe was St. Juan Diego walking up the hill and saw Her appearing in a soft mist taking Her form and could see Her beautiful face, so soft and so peaceful, It felt so real, so close that I wanted to reach out and touch her. I could never forget that experience.
My second experience was when my nephew was in the hospital, I could see her in my room, as well, in a soft mist and could feel a very warm feeling overcoming me. What was fascinating about this experience was that it happened at 2:00 a.m. and the next day when I went to visit my nephew, he claimed that someone was in his room and could feel very warm around 2:00 a.m. I was so overwhelmed that I shared my experienced with my family and reassured them that She was bringing healing.
That is the reason it is so special for me creating such a bracelet. I used Azurite, Turquoise and coral beads. Catholic medals include, a gorgeous color medal of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Christopher, Ornate Crucifix, Sorroful Mother, St. Theresa and others.

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