Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 11, 2018 / 15:06 pm
The Archbishop of Los Angeles wrote this week that Our Lady of Guadalupe, a messenger of reform and renewal, has important lessons for contemporary Catholics.
"In the Church today we face new challenges to our fidelity to Jesus Christ, both personally and institutionally," wrote Archbishop Jose Gomez in a Dec. 10 column in Angelus.
"In this moment, I am more and more convinced that we need to 'return to Guadalupe,' to the original vision, the original path that Christ wanted for us in this country and throughout our continent. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the messenger who is sent to lead us to renewal and reform in our time."
The archbishop noted that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared "at a time of confusion and discord - and a time of immense cruelty and suffering, corruption, and infidelity."
She appeared in 1531 to St. Juan Diego, a poor indigenous man, on a hill near what is now Mexico City. She identified herself as the Mother of the True God.