St. Juan Diego - Humility and Obedience
Confirmation Mini Reflection on St. Juan Diego - Humility and Obedience
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St. Juan Diego
Juan Diego was born in 1474 in the calpulli or ward of Tlayacac in Cuauhtitlan, which was established in 1168 by Nahua tribesmen and conquered by the Aztec lord Axayacatl in 1467; and was located 20 kilometers (14 miles) north of Tenochtitlan (Mexico City).
On December 9, 1531, a native Mexican named Juan Diego rose before dawn to walk fifteen miles to daily Mass in what is now Mexico City. Juan lived a simple life as a weaver, farmer, and laborer. That morning, as Juan passed Tepeyac Hill, he heard music and saw a glowing cloud encircled by a rainbow. A woman's voice called him to the top of the hill. There he saw a beautiful young woman dressed like an Aztec princess. She said she was the Virgin Mary and asked Juan to tell the bishop to build a church on that site. She said, "I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help, and defense, for I am your most devoted mother . . . to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains, and sufferings."
The bishop was kind but skeptical. He asked Juan to bring proof of the Lady's identity. Before Juan could go back to the Lady, he found out his uncle was dying. Hurrying to get a priest, Juan missed his meeting with the Lady. The Lady, however, met him on his path and told him that his uncle had been cured.
She then told Juan to climb to the top of the hill where they first met. Juan was shocked to find flowers growing in the frozen soil. He gathered them in his cloak and took them at once to the bishop.
Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak. The flowers that fell to the ground were Castilian roses (which were not grown in Mexico). But the bishop's eyes were on the glowing image of the Lady imprinted inside Juan's cloak.
Sidewalk Prophets - Live Like That
This new Saint in our Catholic Family of Saints was not a priest, bishop or Cardinal; he wasn’t a well known man by any stretch of the imagination. He could have chosen to walk away or stay silent, but he didn’t. St. Juan Diego was a peasant, a very humble man loyal to his Catholic faith. Just for conversation sake, we would like for each of you to go to your parents and ask them what they would say & think if you went to them & claimed that you had seen the Blessed Virgin Mary & she wants them to build her a new Church. St. Juan Diego, a humble man did more than that, he was told to go to his Bishop with the message from our Blessed Mother. He was beyond humble, and in fact was obedient. So as you approach the time for you to be Confirmed, we ask you to pray about these 2 saintly qualities, humility & obedience. Ask your parents to grade you on these 2 qualities: What grade would they give you in regards to your humility & your obedience? Let us know what are things you can work on to be more obedient and humble? Why do you think we have chosen to focus on St. Juan Diego right now just before your Confirmation? Please share your thoughts as well as what your parents thought if you went to them claiming that you saw the Virgin Mary.
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