Feast Day: December 9
Juan Diego lived in Mexico. Everyday,
he rose before dawn and walked fifteen miles to Mass. On December 9, 1531,
the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan as he passed Tepeyac Hill. She said that
she wanted a church to be built on that site. She told Juan to go and
talk to the bishop.
The bishop listened to Juan, but was skeptical. He asked Juan to bring
some kind of proof that he had really talked with the Virgin Mary.
Before Juan could return to the Lady, he found out that his uncle was
dying. Juan rushed to find a priest. On his way, the Virgin Mary met him
on the path. She told Juan that his uncle had been cured. Then she asked
Juan to go to the top of the hill where they first met. On the snow-covered
hill, Juan found beautiful roses growing in the frozen ground. Juan filed
his cloak with the flowers and ran to see the bishop.
Juan told the bishop what had happened and opened his cloak. The flowers
fell to the floor. To their amazement, an image of the Lady was imprinted
on Juan’s open cloak. Soon after, the bishop had a church built
on the site where the Virgin Mary had first appeared to Juan.