Until I picked up this book, I had no idea that the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe was laden with a code which is hidden from the average and untrained eye. But with the help of master historians and the understanding of the times and locale of Mexico City in the early 16th century, the mystery has been uncovered.
And It. Is. Epic.
So get into your inner detective, and get your Catholic faith ready for the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The conversion of Mexico was truly a miracle. Did you know that the nation, millions of people vastly different worldview and religious practices, converted to Christianity with a decade? Historians do not “doubt that during the first evangelizing effort in Mexico, the work of the missionaries was extraordinary.” It is truly a miracle, some 10 million, converted within just 10 years. Historical demographers estimate that there were about 400 million people alive in the 1530s, which means at least 2.5% of the world, and almost 95% of the central Americas was converted from this event.
There’s a reason why Our Lady of Guadalupe was so fundamental. and it’s true staggering.
It was the tilma which contained a code that was used to convert the nation. At the time, the region at large was home to two disparate peoples: the Latin Americans, and the Aztec. What is truly remarkable about Our Lady of Guadalupe, and genius in God’s perfect knowledge, is that the tilma contained imagery that was immediately recognized as religious iconography, a perfect and unquestionable sign of religious supernatural activity. Here’s a few examples:
From a Christian perspective:
- The stars indicate Mary’s title of Queen of Heaven
- The leaves are a symbol of paradise
- Our Lady’s sash represents purity and virginity
From an Aztec perspective:
- Her maskless face signifies her as human, not goddess
- Obscuring the sunlight means she is more powerful than the sun itself
- The moon as her footstool prepresens the diminishment of moon Gods by this woman
- Her folded hands mean she recognizes there is one greater than her
Have a look at this high resolution image of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
And there’s a lot more to learn. For example, did you know there’s a connection to Our Lady of Guadalupe and the soon-to-be Reformation Europe, and Kind Henry XVI?
Did you know that the site of the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most popular pilgrimage in the entire world? Did you realize that if you visit, pilgrims may touch the actual tilma?
What’s intriguing is the things that have been found in the eyes of the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
I want you to learn all about this, which is why I am sharing imaged from this amazing book from Ignatius Press, Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code. This is not Dan Brown, ladies and gentleman. This is real science, real history, miraculous, beautiful, and inspiringly Catholic.
The book is 279 pages of BEAUTIFUL color images, maps, diagrams, infographics, and depictions of the entire event.
When I say “entire event” I mean ENTIRE EVENT. This book exhaustively covers the history of human habitation of Mexico and the Central Americas, the miracle itself, the details behind “the code”, analysis of every detail scientists and historians have uncovered thus far, and ties it all together in a faith increasing tour de force. This is the most complete book one can read and own on Our Lady of Guadalupe. Get your copy now: