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In this book, Father Gomez provides background on some of the precolonial rites, traditions and customs in Mexico. Before the arrival of the Europeans, the Aztecs were a strong empire with a well-defined cosmogenesis and cosmovision. The religious rites and myths show that the Aztecs were a God fearing people. The Europeans brought a new religion they imposed with force. Along with bringing Christianity to the New World, they brought racism, abuses, sicknesses, destruction and violations to the Aztecs' human rights. Good missionaries defended the Aztecs and the Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to reaffirm their beliefs, language and skin color
Five centuries after the apparitions, we still need to learn how to read the mysterious icon; the colors, sun, moon, stars, mantle, necklace, flowers, songs and times. The icon of Guadalupe is a window into heaven. The book that you have in your hands now will incentivize you to read more about the event that changed the minds of the Aztecs and the entire country in the first years and later the entire world. Guadalupe has been part of the history of a nation that has seen many changes. A great number of Catholics have died as witnesses (martyrs) of the faith saying, "Viva Cristo Rey y la Virgen de Guadalupe!"
Read this booklet through the lens of a Mexican priest who grew up as Guadalupano and who has dedicated his priesthood to promote the veneration of our Blessed Mother in the advocation of Guadalupe and la Virgen de San Juan
Author: Fr. Jorge A. Gomez, Rector of the Basilica of San Juan