Our Lady of Guadalupe: History and Meaning of the Apparitions

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In this work the author examines the ancient sources pertaining to the apparitions of Mary on the hill called Tepeyac (near Mexico City) from December 9-12, 1531, and also the historical testimony of the event from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present day. The author concentrates first of all on the historical dimension, in order later to manifest the theological and anthropological content of the message of Guadalupe, where Mary and the prophetic figure of Juan Diego are placed in relief. After ...
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Overview

In this work the author examines the ancient sources pertaining to the apparitions of Mary on the hill called Tepeyac (near Mexico City) from December 9-12, 1531, and also the historical testimony of the event from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present day. The author concentrates first of all on the historical dimension, in order later to manifest the theological and anthropological content of the message of Guadalupe, where Mary and the prophetic figure of Juan Diego are placed in relief. After resolving the critical problem, the apparitions are studied from a theological point of view. The fundamental value of these apparitions becomes evident when we scrutinize the popular religiosity of the Mexican people, where symbol and myth, faith and culture, are intermingled, enabling us to discover the beauty and reality of Aztec theology manifested in the language of Mary, in the flowers miraculously blooming on the hillside and in the beautiful song of the birds. The historical figure of Juan Diego, the chosen ambassador of the Blessed Virgin, has been neglected for too long. Besides bringing the reader up-to-date regarding studies, ancient and new, made about Juan Diego, the biographical material found here reveals why, when Pope John Paul II conferred the title of Blessed on Juan Diego in May 1990, he proclaimed him patron of the indigenous people of Mexico and the poor of the world everywhere. "This work is the fruit of a direct and attentive reading of the sources and a wide variety of authors. In my opinion, there is little that could be added for a pastoral knowledge of the Virgin of Guadalupe." (Gianni Colzani)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818908972
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction xvii
Chapter 1 The Historical Context 1
The Aztec Empire: origins and social structure 1
The Aztec vision of the world 6
Arrival of the Spaniards 11
The "New Spain" 17
Historical evaluation 18
Missionary methodology 20
Chapter 2 Guadalupe 25
The critical problem 25
The apparitions 30
Message of Our Lady 34
Theological insights 36
Anthropological content 40
Symbolism of the image 43
Chapter 3 Juan Diego 47
Studies on Juan Diego 48
Biographical data 50
The devout Guadalupan 53
Holiness of life 55
Exultavit humiles 57
Chapter 4 Continuity of the Tradition 61
Three viewpoints 62
A new discovery 67
Conflicting opinions 69
Informaciones of 1666 and 1723 71
Other writings from the 17th century 74
Conclusion 79
Appendix 1 Early Accounts of the Apparitions 85
Inin Huey Tlamahuizoltzin 85
Huey Tlamahuizoltica 87
Nican Mopohua 88
In Tilmatzintli 101
Nican Motecpana 103
Appendix 2 Codex "1548" 115
Noteworthy Events 123
Bibliography 129
Glossary 135
Index 137
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