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- Print Length: 136 pages
- Publisher: KIC (May 3, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CNVSJ48
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Guadalupe: Secrets of the Image Kindle Edition
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I hardly know where to begin as the entire book captivated me from beginning to end. I loved learning about the Aztec language and the question asked by the Aztec language experts, "Did the Virgin say Guadalupe or something else?" because "Guadalupe" is a title which we're used to seeing or hearing. It seems She used an Aztec word that sounded very much like "Guadalupe", but meant (in their language) "The One Who Crushes The Serpent"! Wow, again. We Catholics know the Blessed Mother IS "the Woman" of both the Old and New Testament: "SHE shall crush his head and you shall lie in wait for HER heel." (Gen. 3:15) & "A Woman clothed with the sun...."(Apoc. 12:1).
I was astounded to learn about the stars on the Blessed Mother's mantle; how they exactly mirrored the constellations appearing above Tepeyac Hill on the very day and hour of her last appearance to St. Juan Diego. Further, the stars were reversed (anamorphosis) as if from Her perspective, looking down from the Heavens to the Earth, and that Her head was facing the East. In fact, that's how the Aztecs knew She was from Heaven because, for them, only heavenly creatures came from the East. Who knew?! Further, the stars were perfectly compressed, yet still in their correct positions. This information is relatively new and not at all well known. From what I've been able to find on line, myself, it appears that there are a few authors who have made mention of these facts, yet it is NOT well-known that a priest and a doctor were the ones who made this amazing discovery in the early 1980s.
It was fascinating to discover the names of the stars and/or the Constellations to which they belong. The book explains these stars as signs, that God does use the sun, moon and stars as "...signs and for seasons and for days and years...(Genesis); which "signifies an appointed or fixed time." It might be that the Virgin of Guadalupe is trying to direct our (ever-wandering) attention to the signs of the times mentioned in the Book of the Apocalypse.
This is perhaps the most comprehensive material I had ever read on the subject - and written in a way that keeps you interested from start to finish. (Most others had only mentioned the briefest accounts without going into details so as to get a feel of the time.) I highly recommend this book if you are indeed interested in the Apparitions or even just the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The book indicates that the constellations present at the time of the apparition are imprinted on the mantle of the Virgin Mother, a recent discovery. However the descriptions of why each constellation was there seems to be stretching the point.
Having also read Carl Anderson's book on the apparition, there seems to be some variance in interpretation of the lady's gown imprints. Nevertheless, this treasure will surely be a source of study for many years to come, as is the Shroud of Turin.
The magnitude of change that took place as a result of this image blows ones mind. There were incredible numbers of conversions during the initial months that this image was displayed among the natives, while (prior to the image) conversions to Christianity among the native peoples were nearly non-existent. I truly believe it to be a result of divine intervention.
Guadalupe: Secrets of the Image is one of more comprehensive books on the meaning of the image that I have found. Another good resource is Carol Anderson's book, Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love.