Our Lady of Guadalupe probably knew Juan Diego was a man of obedience. She appeared to Juan Diego (native name Cuauhtlatoatzin), while on his way to learn more about the Catholic Faith, and asked this humble man to request the Bishop that a temple be built in her name. He was obedient, and Our Lady impressed her image in his tilma (a kind of apron) to show the world that she meant business, after she instructed him to gather roses from a specific place. His tilma still is displayed at the Basilica of Guadalupe at Tepeyac in Mexico City.
His feast day is today, December 9th.
What do we have to learn from St. Juan Diego? Obedience. This humble man was asked the impossible and through obedience, he pleased Our Lady, which in the end pleases God. St. Juan Diego had a dying uncle he was taking care of, and put the desires of Our Lady over his uncle – Our Lady healed him. and when Bishop Juan de Zumarraga wouldn’t believe him that Our Lady had appeared to him, he said to bring proof. Once again, Juan Diego obeys and asks Our Lady for proof. And so we have her miraculous image in the tilma, which has been studied scientifically, and has been deemed a miracle. There is detail in this fibery fabric that would not have been able to be achieved by the techniques and advancements of the era – 1531.