By Stephen Ryan
Many Catholics are familiar with “Our Lady of Guadalupe” and most know the story of the great miracle of Juan Diego’s cloak often called a”tilma”.
The tilma miraculously transformed into a “painted” image of the Virgin Mary right before the eyes of the astounded Catholic Bishop in Mexico. For those familiar with the story, it is understood that the image was not “painted by human hands” but rather was supernaturally created by God.
This great miracle brings us to either an extraordinarily providential sign from the heavens or an impossible coincidence. I like to think it is a great sign from God.
We all learned in elementary school the name of the ships that brought Christopher Columbus and his crew to the “New World”. Columbus’ fleet was made up of three ships called “Pinta”, Nina, and the “Santa Maria”. Again, we all know this, but how many of us contemplate on the literal translation of the boat names.
Let’s start with “Pinta”. The English translation of “Pinta” is “paint” or “painted”. (Keep in mind the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was “Painted” by God.)
The second ship was named “Nina” and the English translation would be “young girl”, certainly a virgin. Most scholars believe that Mary was a teenager ativan vs xanax
Lastly, the most famous ship, the ship Columbus sailed was the “Santa Maria”. ” The “Santa Maria” is named after, of course, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
So if we put all the names of the boats together in a sentence we see that Columbus’s fleet of ships quite literally describes the great miracle and apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The miracle of the “Tilma” is best described as a “Painted” (Pinta) young virgin (Nina) named “Santa Maria” (The Virgin Mary).
Pinta, Nina, and the Santa Maria = Painted, young Virgin named Mary = Our Lady of Guadalupe.
It is quite fascinating to think that Columbus’s fleet shipped off from Spain to discover new worlds foretelling of the great miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe which would lead to the conversion of millions of pagans to the Catholic faith.