Thursday, October 23, 2008

The above scrapbook page is of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Journaling reads, "Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec, was walking between his village and Mexico City on December 12, 1531 when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared, speaking to him in his native Nahuatl language. She told him to build a church at the site. When Juan Diego spoke to the Spanish bishop, the bishop did not believe him, asking for a miraculous sign. Although it was winter, the Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers, and Spanish roses bloomed right at his feet. When Juan Diego presented these to the bishop, the roses fell from his apron (the Tilma) and an icon of the Virgin was miraculously imprinted on the cloth. The bishop ordered a church built at once, dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Shown on the opposite page is the original cloth and image now in the new Basilica built in 1974. The old Basilica, built in 1526, still stands but the foundation has weakened and now leans toward the left. Seeing the faith of the Mexican people at this site had me awe struck. There are constant pilgrimages of people to the shrine and seeing people walking on their knees, on the two-mile boulevard leading to the Basilica, was something I will never forget. Two miles on their knees…I just can’t get over that. There were also people walking on their knees in the plaza going toward the Basilica." Was quite the place to see.
Last night went to Chuck-E-Cheese for Alexis birthday. The place has never changed and is still loud with all the birthday parties going on at the same time. Ü Today to the vet with GiGi and later we are going to a funeral home as a friend has passed away. He had cancer for over 8 years and was 64 years old. Actually he is a friend of a friends of ours but we knew him and his family. And then, later tonight, Alex will be coming back from Baton Rouge so will have to pick her up at the airport.

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