(I often call Our Lady of Guadalupe – or Tepeyac – the Mother of Conversion, for it is she who converted the Aztec Indians to Christianity and away from the bloody cult of Qetzlcoatl, which routinely practiced human and child sacrifice. As the world meeting on the family begins this week, we call on her to convert us anew; to restore our reverence for God and for families and for life. Dan Lynch, who has long worked to promote devotion to her, has offered this reflection as we enter into this solemn period contemplating the vital role of the family. -CJ)
By Dan Lynch
The World Meeting of Families will take place in Philadelphia from Tuesday through Friday, September 22-25, 2015. Our Lady of Guadalupe has always had her eyes on the family. The family is under serious attack in our modern world. True families begin with true marriages that consist of one man and one woman living in an indissoluble lifelong monogamous bond who are open to and welcome new life.
Our Lady of Guadalupe left her miraculous image on St. Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak) on December 12, 1531. Modern scientific examinations of her eyes in the image reveal images of a family that was present at the time that her image miraculously appeared on St. Juan Diego’s tilma. The miraculous image appeared as St. Juan unfurled his tilma in front of Bishop Zumarraga as miraculous roses fell to the floor.
In 1979, Dr. Jose Aste Tonsman, a Peruvian engineer, began digital studies of the eyes in the image. He magnified the iris of Our Lady’s eyes 2,500 times and, through mathematical and optical procedures, was able to identify the images of at least thirteen people in the eyes.
Some of these images have been identified as St. Juan Diego, Bishop Zumarraga and his interpreter. These three people were all present when Our Lady’s portrait appeared on the tilma. It was as if Our Lady herself was hiddenly present looking upon the scene and leaving the sign of her presence in her eyes. Her eyes have the reflection that would have been imprinted in the eyes of any person in her position when St. Juan unfurled his tilma.
Moreover, Dr. Aste (Tonsman is his mother’s maiden name) contends that an Indian family appears in the center of Our Lady’s pupils. This family consists of a man and a woman with an infant strapped to her back, and two other children, a girl and a boy.
Dr. Aste believes the Virgin’s eyes have a “hidden” message for modern times. He said, “This could be the case of the picture of the family in the center of the Virgin’s eyes, at a time when the family is under serious attack in our modern world.”
On September 16, Pope Francis said, “In the Creator’s plan, marriage and the family have an essential role in shaping an ever more humane political, economic and social life. This role is all the more critical today, in a society increasingly subject to technology and to forms of economic colonization which subordinate ethics to profits. … In a special way, by the coming of Jesus His Son, God has maintained His promise (cf. Gen 3:15) to bless and protect us in every generation. May families everywhere come to know this blessing!”
Let us all pray for this blessing and for the fruitfulness of the World Meeting of the Families, that true marriage and family will be strengthened to confront the attacks against them in our modern world and that Our Lady of Guadalupe will always keep her eyes on our families.
Click here to see the family group in the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
“Let us move forward steadfastly together into the storm…keep calm and carry on!” (Winston Churchill).
“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge till the storms of destruction pass by.” (Psalm 57).
Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations,
Our Lady of America and Saint John Paul II
May Our Lady of Guadalupe keep you under the mantle of her protection and may the Reign of Jesus King of All Nations be recognized in your heart!