It is well known that on December 12, according to tradition, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to the Indian Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill; However, it is less known that there was another Juan Diego to whom the Virgin also appeared. At Unotv.com we will tell you about this story that happened in Tlaxcala.
Who Was Juan Diego Tlaxcalteca?
According to Catholic tradition, Juan Diego Bernardino was a young Indian who helped the friar and cared for the sick; He was a native of the city of Santa Isabel Xiloxoxtla and lived during the plague that hit the Ocotlán region in 1541.
How was the meeting between the Virgin and Juan Diego?
According to some historical and religious sources, in the spring of 1541, Juan Diego Bernardino entered a forest of ocot trees on the edge of a ravine. Saddened by the devastation caused by the plague among his people in the city of Santa Isabel, he decided to collect water from the Zahuapan River, which flowed nearby, to ease the suffering of the sick.
Suddenly a beautiful woman came out to meet him and said:
“God save you, my son.” Where are you going?
When Juan Diego thought of this apparition, he was stunned. Then he recovered and replied:
—I am going to get some water from the river for my patients who are dying without treatment.
The Virgin was charmed by the Indian’s goodness and replied: “Come with me, I will give you another water that will quench the contagion and heal not only your relatives, but all those who drink it, for my heart is now so Not all misfortunes bear.” Without resorting to them – immediately afterwards, the virgin made a sprout of a perennial spring and said to Juan Diego -: whoever drinks a drop of this water will be completely healthy.
At the top of the hill was a small church dedicated to San Lorenzo and he said:
– Tell the religious people on my behalf that in this very place they will find an image of mine which I want to keep in the chapel of San Lorenzo.
Juan Diego took the water to his men and told the Franciscans about the miracle.
After meditating, he sent for Juan Diego the next day and followed him regardless. Many people joined the procession and, on reaching Okotal, they saw that all the trees were burning without being eaten, especially a fat tree. The next day, the tree was cut open in half and inside its entrails they found a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary.