A Woman Clothed with the Sun: An Advent Retreat Guide on Our Lady of Guadalupe

by Fr. John Bartunek, LC SThD

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During Advent in the year 1531 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a native Mexican, St. Juan Diego, and asked him a favor. She sent him to the bishop with a request to have a Catholic church built on the hill where she was appearing—Tepeyac Hill—in present-day Mexico City. The bishop was skeptical. He responded to the petition with a request of his own. He asked for a sign to show that this request truly was coming from God. When Juan Diego relayed this to Mary, she complied—she provided a wonderful, dramatic sign indeed.

This sign made an incalculable impact on the evangelization of the Americas, an impact that continues to resound and spread even today.

These events, and that impact are the subject of this Advent Retreat Guide: A Woman Clothed with the Sun.

  • The First Meditation will unpack the events as they unfolded, showing how they echo the meaning of Advent.
  • The Second Meditation will explore the actual words of Our Lady in her conversation with St. Juan Diego, words that beautifully echo the meaning of Christmas.
  • The Conference will reflect on the symbolism present in the image itself, symbolism that can help stir up the spirit of Christmas in our souls.

This Retreat Guide Booklet includes the meditations, conference, and reflection questions, along with space for taking notes and journaling. We hope it helps to further open your heart to Christ.

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