Our Lady of Guadalupe
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Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe - Patroness for Suffering and Compassion. Invoked in General Favors, in Sickness and Against Evil, Particularly War. 

In 1531 in Mexico the Virgin Mary appeared to an Indian man, Juan Diego. She told Juan she would help the native people if he would go to the bishop and ask him to build a chapel to her on the hill where she now appeared. Juan Diego did as he was asked but the bishop did not believe him. He asked for a sign. The Virgin promised Juan she would give him a sign the next morning. He awoke to find his uncle dying. He ran to town for help but the Virgin stopped him, saying she had already healed his uncle and asked Juan to come back for the sign. When he did, the Virgin gave him roses, though it was winter, and told him to wrap them in his tilma (an outer garment worn by men). As Juan presented these to the bishop, the roses fell to the floor and there on his tilma was the image of our Lady of Guadalupe.