Our Lady of Guadalupe – Faithful Companion
A Workshop presented by Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, Barbara Gutiérrez.
On December 9, 2018, more than 80 people gathered at Boston’s Shrine of St. Anthony for a Spanish language mass said by Fr. Peter Gyves, SJ, MD, founder and president of A Faith That Does Justice (AFTDJ). The mass commemorated Our Lady of Guadalupe, whose feast day is December 12. Following mass, Fr. Peter welcomed Sr. Barbara Gutiérrez, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and native of Mexico, to speak about Our Lady of Guadalupe, Faithful Companion. Sr. Barbara retold the story of the Virgin’s visits with Juan Diego beginning in the year 1531 in present-day Mexico City. She described how the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe contains many significant themes that are especially important and identifiable to Latin American people. One of the most obvious is her physical appearance which more closely resembles the indigenous people of Mexico than the European people who came to Mexico to convert the native populations to Christianity and Catholicism. Each facet of her clothing and the symbols used in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe hold a meaning for the people to whom she spoke with during her apparitions. Sr. Barbara reminded us that devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe unites the people of Latin America. No longer are people simply from one state or another, from one country or another. They identify as faithful followers of Our Lady of Guadalupe.Continue Reading