During the month of April we will be focusing on the virtue of obedience. Obedience is saying "yes" to the loving will of God and those He has set over us. St. Juan Diego is a person that demonstrated this virtue.
St. Juan Diego was a simple farmer and weaver who live in modern day Mexico City. His act of obedience brought about the conversion of millions of people in Mexico.
One morning when he was walking 15 miles to attend daily Mass he passed by Tepeyac hill where he saw a beautiful Aztec princess and heard her calling out to him. She said she was the Virgin Mary and that she wished to have a church built on that site.Obediently, Juan Diego went to the bishop as she has asked and made the request for a church to be built there. The bishop was a little skeptical , so he asked for proof that it was indeed the Virgin Mary who was making this request. When Juan Diego was returning the Lady told him to climb the hill. There, in the middle of winter and in the frozen soil, Juan saw beautiful red roses, which he plucked and took to the bishop as a sign. These roses were large Castilian roses which did not grow naturally in Mexico, but were common in the bishop's home town in Spain. Juan Diego wrapped these roles in his peasant style tilma and took them to the bishop as proof that it was Mary who was asking for this church. When he released the films the beautiful flowers fell to the ground, and on Juan Diego's tilma was a beautiful image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The image remains in a shrine in Mexico City today. Through this extraordinary obedience, thousands and eventually millions, converted to Christianity.