“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the source of your joy?
Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?
Do you need anything more?
Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.”
- Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego, 1531 -
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This Madonna bears deep cultural and spiritual meaning for all of the Americas. Leading up to and during the holiday season, her feast day - December 12 - is awaited with anticipation by her spiritual children, who remember daily her tender words when she appeared to humble Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico, so many years ago.
With these culturally colored prayer beads in her honor, we place ourselves in her friendly presence, and she exudes the comfort and promised intercession while we pray by her side that she will make our prayers more perfect and send them to Her Divine Son.