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Archived Online Discussion
Topic: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love
Date: 5-6 pm (ET)
on Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Featuring:
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Carl A. Anderson
Supreme Knight
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Msgr. Chávez
Postulator - Saint Juan Diego
Carl A. Anderson:
Thank you all for joining us this evening as we discuss "Our Lady of Guadalupe."

James Machan Hughes council 1005
Cicero, Illinois U. S. A.
Dear Supreme Knight;
Is this book available in spanish ?
Could our council get this book on consignment to sell at our church ?
We would want it to be in English and spanish.
Thank- You.
Carl A. Anderson:
The book will be available in Spanish within the next year. Certainly you are welcome to sell the book at your parish as long as your pastor is open to that.

David Baba
San Clemente
It appears that Juan Diego would have had no formal Art training or ability to create the image in the Tilma. Is there evidence of any members of his community that would have this ability and did the materials or style even exist? This was an excellent book and faith building example of the Love of God for his people. Thank You!
Carl A. Anderson:
As the book notes, both early and modern scientific studies of the tilma have shown that the origin of the image it bears is beyond the ability of any human being. I would suggest looking at pages 28 - 31 for a more complete treatment of the various studies and their conclusions. All of these studies - including the modern ones - indicate that no 16th or even 21st century human being could have created such an image.

Former State Warden Robert B. Camilleri
Honolulu, Hawaii
Why do you think that Our Lady chose to appear to Juan Diego in Mexico during the 1500's? Was there anything of historical significance going on in Mexico during that period of time which would have made it necessary for Our Lady to appear?
Carl A. Anderson:
In hindsight, that Our Lady appeared in the 1500s in Mexico makes perfect sense. An entire new continent had been opened up to Christ. Millions of people lived there and had never before heard the Gospel message. The continent of Europe was losing Catholics in vast numbers to the Protestant Reformation. The timing of the apparition, then, allowed for the evangelizing of the entire "new world," at a critical turning point in its history. With the Aztec empire in shambles, and its people religiously confused and fearful, Our Lady of Guadalupe brought a message of hope that shaped the entire future of our hemisphere - from Chile to Canada.

Charles
Wilkes Barre PA
Exactly when and by whom was Our Lady of Guadalupe given the subtitle 'Patroness of the Unborn'?
Carl A. Anderson:
Many have called our Lady by the title "patroness of the unborn." This seems to have come about because she appears pregnant in the miraculous image she left us on St. Juan Diego's tilma. This is certainly not her only title, though it may be her most recent. She was declared Empress of the Americas in 1945 by Pope Pius XII, and Patroness of the Americas by the same pope in 1946.

Jennifer
Phoenix, AZ
Thank you so much for the Guadalupe Festival - What an amazing event in honor of Our Lady! Our group was discussing the details of the event on our way home from Glendale and were wondering what the driving reason was for such a huge investment in these activities? We're sure it wasn't just a promotional activity for the book, although many of us have enjoyed reading it.
Carl A. Anderson:
As I said in my remarks at the festival, we need to appreciate more fully Hispanic culture and Hispanic immigration in terms of the future of the Catholic Church in the United States. We need also to understand the necessity of Catholics working together in a new spirit of unity. And we need to understand the importance of the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the future of our hemisphere. Certainly as you point out, the festival wasn't to promote the book, rather the book - all of the proceeds of which go to charity - and the festival both were designed to promote Our Lady of Guadalupe, and her message of hope and love.

John J
New Haven
You say that Hispanic Catholics are the future of the Church. How can we be more welcoming?
Carl A. Anderson:
Concretely, in the Knights of Columbus we are encouraging Hispanic councils and membership, supporting Spanish-speaking parishes, and promoting events such as the Guadalupe festival. We should remember what Pope Benedict XVI said in his first encyclical "Deus Caritas Est": "To say that we love God becomes a lie if we are closed to our neighbor or hate him." As Catholics, that means we must love every person: the immigrant, the unborn, the intellectually disabled. We are not called to do anything that our mother -- Our Lady of Guadalupe -- has not done herself. She appeared to Juan Diego -- a humble Indian. She appeared as a mestiza -- a union of European and Native American cultures. Following her example, we must embrace our immigrant Catholic brothers and sisters.

Mary Maria
Tucson
I heard you speak at the Guadalupe gathering in Phoenix. How many lives has this book inspired? How many conversions? I was fascinated by the talk about the eyes.
Carl A. Anderson:
Only Our Lady of Guadalupe and her son know the answer to those questions, but we certainly hope that many will benefit spiritually from the book, as we hope they also did from the Congress and Festival. Given Our Lady of Guadalupe's track record in the American hemisphere so far, we should expect nothing less.

Joseph
Detroit
Do you think there is a chance for Father McGivney's sainthood soon? Does it make sense to pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe for that since she is the Patron of America?
Carl A. Anderson:
Certainly we encourage people to pray for Fr. McGivney's sainthood, and we know the power of Our Lady's intercession so it certainly couldn't hurt.

Alma
Kansas
How many people visit Guadalupe in Mexico? I heard people walk for miles on their knees?