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Nuestra Señora de San Juan

Nuestra Señora de San Juan, Marian holy cards collection, ML.031 Box 26, circa 1675-2018. Marian Library, University of Dayton Libraries, Dayton, Ohio.




Saint San Juan was a humble, middle aged widower who was unknown to many. He
lived a life of simplicity, keeping to himself and not getting involved in any political or cultural
history. He was called upon by Mary, but more specifically he was “...the virgin Mother Mary’s
chosen messenger of evangelization in the nascent church of the sixteenth century New World” ( Because of God's will, it was of the utmost importance that the most humble person carry out God’s divine plan. Mary entrusted Juan with her picture and sent him on a mission to see the Bishop of Mexico. Juan felt extremely challenged due to the Bishop’s judgement and lack of belief in him being sent by Mary. He wanted to give up, asking Mary to send someone who was more well known and of importance to the community. Mary insisted that he was to be the instrument of DivineProvidence for the poor people; that he was to be “...the key to unlocking graces destined for a nation”. Mary even promised that he would be made worthy for the troubles he has endured.
San Juan helped to spread “God’s kingdom on earth, making Christ and his teachings known,
loved and lived”. It is the apostles of laity that are seen as ones who will lead others to Christ.

It is through San Juan that many Christians have felt called to respond to their baptismal vocation
and consecration to bring Christ to all people. Even in today’s world, there is a growing
number of unchurched, alienated people. With Juan Diego as inspiration and example
for how one can be a disciple of Christ, there is hope that lay persons will be the primary
workers to spread the messages of the Church. The results of Juan’s work continue to be with us today as belief in Jesus Christ and the grace of Baptism has been spread to over eight million native Indians in Aztec heritage. Juan’s legacy is “ proof that heaven smiled on the poor and lowly”. His work of being a Christian in action has also influenced his canonization and nomination as Patron of Lay Apostles under the Archdiocese of Mexico City. He is inspiration for the continuing action of baptismal grace to be the “salt of the earth”, “the light of the lampstand”, the “leaven in mass” and proclaim the “Good News by word and deed”.

Researched by Courtney M. Ware

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Hail Mary

Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia:
El Señor es contigo.
Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres.
Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús.
Santa María, Madre de Dios,
ruega por nosotros pecadores,
ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte.


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