Our Lady of Guadalupe - She Who Crushes the Head of the Serpent
Our Lady of Guadalupe came from a misunderstanding of the translation into Spanish of the word Nahuatl coatlaxopeuh. Thus, Our Lady of Guadalupe is in reality Our Lady of Quatlasupe - She who crushes the head of the serpent.
At that moment in history the Aztecs executed around 50,000 men, women and children as human sacrifices to their pagan gods. A common symbol of the Aztec religion was the snake and their temples were richly decorated with snakes.
Within a few years, around nine million Aztecs converted to the Catholic Faith. They understood the message of the miraculous image.
The image is covered with stars which accurately map out numerous constellations of the Mexican sky. The stars on the image are in reverse thus providing a view of the constellations from the vantage point of Saint Juan Diego looking towards the sky. The stars on the image are consistent with what astronomers believe was in the sky above Mexico City on December 12, 1531.
The colors of Mary's tunic are unique in Aztec culture and reserved only for the emperor.
Mary appears in the miraculous image as a pregnant woman. Over the place where the heart of the unborn child would be is the Quincunx which is an Aztec flower. The Quincunx is an Aztec symbol of the Lord of the Universe.
The proximity of the apparitions to the site of the temple of the Aztec mother-goddess Tonantzin had an amazing effect on the Aztecs because they saw that Tonantzin (Our Mother) or Teonantzin(God's Mother) was to replace the Aztec mother-goddess. Thus, the Mother of God led the Indigenous people away from the Aztec religion to the Catholic Faith.
The ancient temples of the Aztecs, interesting archeological sites of the past, have been replaced by the new temples of materialism, secularism and consumerism.
On their altars the poor, the unborn and the elderly are forgotten , neglected and sacrificed by knives driven by greed, power and narcissism.
Mary will lead humanity back to her Son. Mary will free us from the sins of our modern times. Mary, Our Lady of Quatlasupe - She who crushes the head of the serpent, is leading the new evangelization.
Father James Farfaglia is a contributing writer for Catholic Online and author of Get Serious! - A Survival Guide for Serious Catholics. You can visit him on the web at www.fatherjames.org.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Guadalupte, Our Lady of Guadalupte, Mother of God, Rosary, New Evangelization, Marian, Fr James Farfaglia
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