Posted in blogs, Catholics, Faith, family, healings, Health, Jesus, Pilgrims, RELIGION, Saints, The Cross

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe

To those who say Mary is not important.  Mary is certainly important because she is Jesus’ mother. They give that old, tired argument without bothering to investigate whether it’s true or false. Catholics honor Mary. We do not worship her. We worship God. Jesus said as he was dying on the Cross “Behold your Mother.” John 19: 26-27. He said that for all of us! Here’s a reply I made to a friend from my church back in Indiana after she shared this image.


 

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son”, and to the disciple, “Here is your Mother.” From that time on, the disciple took her into his home.

 

Suzin, we have visited Our Lady of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City twice. It was amazing. There are three churches-the 1st built on the hill of Tepayac soon after Mary appeared to Juan Diego; the 2nd farther down which was built in the 1600s, and the modern one built in the 1950s. The modern church is where the Tilma is kept. The Tilma is the cloak of Juan Diego’s with the image of Mary. When Juan Diego went to the bishop as Mary requested him, the beautiful image appeared where previously it had been Juan Diego’s peasant covering (serape or cape he wore at night.) Roses fell out of his tilma, real roses. Mary’s image remains on that Tilma to this day! I’ve observed it with my own eyes.


One beautiful thing was when we drove there from our town which is about 600 miles from Mexico City. You could see thousands of pilgrims walking from all over Mexico in groups while singing and praying the rosary. People in towns along the highway set up free food and drink stations, sometimes letting the pilgrims rest awhile. Doctors and nurses follow the procession ready to give aid if needed. Signs say “Careful! Pilgrims Ahead!” Semi drivers flash their lights, signaling caution to vehicles, warning drivers to slow down. And so you follow.

Some people push their disabled family or friends in wheelchairs. Some on hospital beds. I watched a man walk on crutches because he had only one leg. A children’s confirmation class, girls in white dresses, boys in white shirts with ties walk behind their teacher. A soccer team. A small group of eldery nuns. Old people, young, mothers carrying babies, fathers, pregnant women, and the pilgrims who crawl on their knees!!!!!

They are all making a journey, traveling to visit with their Mother. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray For Us! 🙏🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺

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Christmas Sale and Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

I write a variety of things-novels, short stories, poetry, blog posts, essays, family narratives and more.  I’m featuring my novel Emmie of Indianapolis on sale for 99c at Amazon. I also have a special holiday gift for you if you visit my blog and sign up for my monthly newsletter. I’ll send you a free short story. You’ll find  information for authors and readers on my blog plus news about my Work in Progress. I’m sure you’ll want to learn about what Emmie does next in this series.  I also do book reviews and author interviews so check it out.  https://bookplaces.blog/

***Giveaway alert!  I will enter your name in the contest I’m sponsoring. I’ll select a winner to those who sign up for my newsletter and follow my blog. The prize is a free ebook copy of Emmie of Indianapolis. Thanks! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kay Castaneda

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Meet the Authors Christmas Fair

Hi!  Thanks for visiting Meet the Authors Christmas Fair. https://www.facebook.com/events/856494308361014/?active_tab=discussion

I’m Kay Castaneda.

I write a variety of things-novels, short stories, poetry, blog posts, essays, family narratives and more. Today I am featuring my novel Emmie of Indianapolis on sale for 99c at Amazon. I have a special holiday gift for you if you visit my blog and sign up for my monthly newsletter. I will send you a free short story about my family which I use as the basis for my fiction. There is lots of information for authors and readers on my blog plus news about my Work in Progress. I’m sure you’ll want to learn about what Emmie does next in this series.  I also do book reviews and author interviews so check it out.  https://bookplaces.blog/

***Giveaway alert!  I will enter your name into the giveaway I’m sponsoring. After the fair is over, I’ll select a winner to those who sign up for my newsletter and follow my blog. The prize is a free ebook copy of Emmie of Indianapolis. If you’d like to read in another format such as .pdf or .epub, let me know. The print version is being revised.

Thanks for stopping by today. And special thanks to Helen Pryke Domi for sponsoring this fun activity for all!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kay