on December 12th we celebrate the feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  i have an affinity with Mary that grew all the stronger this last Christmas as i was heavily pregnant with a much anticipated child.  the miraculous story of her appearance in the Americas to a peasant named Juan Diego claimed much of my attention last year.  she is the patron saint of Mexico as well as unborn children.

  • food–eat some Mexican food!  beans + rice will do the trick nicely.  it isn’t extravagance that marks the celebration, but attention.
  • artthe above image is made by Paper Dali, a wonderful resource for liturgical art projects.  she is a part of a playset including Juan Diego and his tilma!
  • story–her story is happily told in Tomie de Poala’s The Lady of Guadalupe.  his story books tend to be a bit text-heavy for a single read aloud session, but you can spread it out over a few days if you need.

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