I’m always looking for ways to integrate the Saints, Mary, and Jesus into our daily lives. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a particular favorite in our home and in learning more about her in preparation for her feast day today, I was delighted to learn that you can buy the exact type of roses that Our Lady had Juan Diego pick and give to his Bishop as the proof he requested.
If you’re not familiar with the story, Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego several times and had him deliver messages to his Bishop that she wanted him to build a church. The Bishop requested proof of this request from Our Lady and she sent Juan Diego to the top of the hill to cut the flowers that were growing there. When he got to the top of the hill he found Castilian (damask) roses in full bloom in winter. These roses were not from that region, but were in fact from Castile, Spain, the home town of the Bishop. He cut the roses as the Virgin Mary requested, and put them in his tilma and took them back to Our Lady. She rearranged them and sent him back to the Bishop. When he opened his tilma the roses spilled out and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the tilma, just as Juan Diego had described her. You can see Juan Diego’s acutal tilma at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico.
My family is so excited to be able to have the exact roses Our Lady of Guadalupe used in her message in our home. To be reminded of the miracles Our Lord has worked through Mary and in the world every time we see or smell a bloom. We want to start a Marian garden, but haven’t quite gotten there yet. I think a damask rose bush will be the perfect start.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!