The First Appearance
But that dawn in December, Juan’s run would not proceed as usual. As he rounded a bend, a blinding ball of light as bright as the sun startled him in mid-stride, accompanied by the shape of a woman with black hair, dressed in a pink robe and draped in a blue mantle covered with gold stars.
The woman smiled and spoke to him in his native tongue. “My smallest son,” she addressed him, “I love you.” She told the startled man that she was Mary, the mother of Jesus, and that she wanted a church built on the spot so that all could come to pray, to have their prayers heard, to experience consolation and peace. She told him to present himself to the bishop in Tenochtitlan and tell him all that Juan had seen and heard.
Now I expect if you were out for a stroll and a beautiful woman in a dazzling ball of light appeared to you, and gave you a mission, you might think you were going a bit crazy. You might check your vital signs or your vision, or both. But Juan Diego was a simple man. If a beautiful woman appeared to him out of nowhere and told him to go to a place he had never gone before and tell the bishop, whom he had never met, to build a church--well, he would.
Juan Meets the Bishop
The Second Appearance
Juan's Second Visit with the Bishop
The Third Appearance
The Fourth Appearance
“I am sorry, dear lady, but my uncle is ill and I am going to find a priest to give him the last rites.”
“Do not be afraid,” she replied, “your uncle will not die. Even now, he is healed! Now go to the top of the hill and cut some of the flowers you will find there and bring them to me.”