OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE’S HIDDEN MESSAGE
Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego: “Hear me, my littlest one. Let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance… Am I not your mother? Are you not under the protection of my mantle?”—Our Lady to Saint Juan Diego
O God, Father of mercies,
who placed your people under the singular protection
of your Son’s most holy Mother,
grant that all who invoke the Blessed Virgin of Guadalupe,
may seek with ever more lively faith
the progress of peoples in the ways of justice and of peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)
By Stephen Ryan: author of The Madonna Files
Christopher Columbus, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico abolishing slavery, the Alamo, black slavery, the American civil war, six hundred thousand dead “The Trail of Tears”, ethnic cleansing of American Indians – all these signature events in American history have roots that can be traced back to a little black statue that came to America on a boat named “Santa Maria”
We start with Christopher Columbus and his crew who were deeply devoted to the Virgin Mary – not so surprising – after all his boat was named “Santa Maria” – but what is not so well known is that Columbus and his crew were attached to a dark skinned version of the Virgin Mary. Each night, at sunset, the crew sang songs to the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe of Spain – a black Madonna.
When Columbus landed in the New World, he and his men first prayed the “Salve Regina.” The “Salve Regina”, is the final prayer of the Rosary. The prayer explains how God gave Mary to mankind as the “Gate of Heaven”.
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Columbus understood the best path to Heaven was venerating the heart of the Mother of Christ. Significantly, it is important to understand that Christopher Columbus did not only bring Christianity to the New World, but rather he brought a strand of Catholicism defined by a strong devotion to a dark skinned woman.
Soon after Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the New World, the apparition and miracle of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” took place 1531. After appearing to native American Juan Diego, the Virgin Mary left behind a miraculous image of herself and the image was a person of mixed skin colour, a skin colour chosen by God. It is worth noting that the names of Columbus’s fleet of boats “”Pinta”, Nina, and the “Santa Maria” in its literal translation means: “Painted, young virgin named Mary” –And Our Lady of Guadalupe was indeed a” Painted image (painted by God) of a virgin named Mary”.
And in this painted image Our Lady of Guadalupe God was proclaiming to the world that we are all one people – black, white, brown – we are all God’s people. It is worth remembering that the Virgin Mary revealed herself to a peasant dark skinned Indian.
Following the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Mexico, as millions of Aztec Indians were converting to Catholicism, the Protestant Reformation in Europe was taking place. Millions of Europeans left the Catholic Church between 1532 and 1538 – ironically, to a large degree because of the Catholic Church’s excessive devotion to the Mother of Christ. The Protestant Reformation was not only a rebellion against the authority of the Roman Pope but the Reformation was also about the Catholic Church’s excessive veneration of the Virgin Mary. Protestants parted ways with Catholics because devotions to the Blessed Mother were not only viewed as extreme but they were considered not scripturally sound.