St. Juan Diego

When the Spanish settlers came to Mexico in the 1500s, missionaries came with them. At first not very many Aztec Indians converted to the faith, but Juan did, and he was very eager to learn about his new faith. He would walk for miles to go to Mass. One day while walking, he heard the voice of a woman calling him. She asked him to tell the bishop to build her a shrine. When Juan went to him, the bishop asked for a sign. Juan Diego returned to the hill and found roses there, even though it was winter. The Lady arranged them in his cloak. When Juan showed the roses to the bishop, a miraculous image of the Lady was on his cloak. A shrine was built there to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and millions of people were converted.

Dec. 9