Book Review: Handbook on Guadalupe

I. My New Age Background
II. My Encounter with Our Lady of Guadalupe: “Somewhere I have never travelled” by e. e. cummings.

I read the Handbook on Guadalupe.

I learned that the picture of Our Lady is actually a message in the form of picture-writing, an Aztec hieroglyphics.  And the message says that Our Lady is not god but a human being for she looks down and not straight towards us.  Yet she is greater than the sun god for she blots him out; the moon goddess, for she stands over her.  She is an empress because she wears a Turquoise (blue green) mantle.  She promises paradise for her mantle is adorned with flowers and song.    She is pregnant because her sash is tied high above her waist.  The God she serves is marked by the sign of the cross on her brooch.  Her messenger is at her feet, the Eagle Who Speaks, Juan Diego’s Aztec name.  And she is kissing him for she touches him with the edge.

The stars on Our Lady’s mantle form the constellations present in Mexico City just before sunrise on 12 December 1531, but the constellations are seen from the outside of the dome of the heavens (God’s point of view).  The missing stars can then be deduced: the Corona on her forehead, the Virgo on her heart, the Leo on her belly.  This answers the riddle of the sphinx: the lion with a woman’s head.  Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son” (Mt 1:23).  And the child’s name is  Jesus, of the House of David, of the tribe of Judah (c.f. Lk 1:31-33):

Judah, like a lion’s whelp, you have grown up on prey, my son. He crouches like a lion recumbent, the king of beasts—who would dare rouse him? The scepter shall never depart from Judah, or the mace from between his legs, While tribute is brought to him, and he receives the people’s homage. (Gen 49:9-10)

How the picture of Our Lady was imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (a standard Aztec clothing consisting of a long rectangular cloth with a slit in the middle for the head) was recounted in Nican Mopohua.  To Juan Diego, she spoke the following words:

Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest and dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you, the thing that afflicts you, is nothing. Do not let your countenance, your heart be disturbed. Do not fear this sickness of your uncle or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you. Do not let your uncle’s illness worry you, because he will not die now. You may be certain that he is already well.

How can anyone not be moved?

IV. Biblical Iconography of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Rediscovery of My Catholic Faith