Saturday, March 28, 2009

The eyes have it

Mexico City, Mexico, Mar 27, 2009 / 04:59 pm (CNA).-

During her recent visit to Mexico, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made an unexpected stop at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe... Msgr. Monroy took Mrs. Clinton to the famous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which had been previously lowered from its usual altar for the occasion. After observing it for a while, Mrs. Clinton asked “who painted it?”...
The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was miraculously imprinted on the tilma, or cloak, of St. Juan Diego in 1531. The image has numerous unexplainable phenomena, such as the appearance on Mary’s eyes of those present in the room when the tilma was opened and the image’s lack of decay. If the eyes were magnified 2,500 times, one can clearly see the imprint of 13 people. To date, there has been no scientific explanation of the technology existng in the 16 century that can paint with microscopic detail. The composition of the material used to paint the image has so far not been identified likewise. AS a footnote, it is said that within the first few years of the appearance of the Lady of Guadalupe, over 8 million have been baptized. The conversions and devotions continue to this day.

Back to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

who painted it?” which Msgr. Monroy responded “God!”.

After placing a bouquet of white flowers by the image, Mrs. Clinton went to the quemador –the open air area at the Basilica where the faithful light candles- and lit a green candle.

That evening after the Guadalupe visit, Clinton was set to receive the highest award given by Planned Parenthood Federation of America -- the Margaret Sanger Award, named for the organization's founder, a noted eugenicist.

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