Mexico – Chapter 45

We are at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

In 1531, the baptized Aztec Juan Diego had a vision of the Virgin Mary as a dark-skinned Indian who spoke his native language. She asked him to have the bishop build a chapel for her. The bishop, when told of this, asked for proof and so the Virgin appeared before Juan Diego and made roses bloom out of season. He picked the roses and brought them to the bishop in his cape. When he opened the cape, the roses fell out and the cape showed a remarkable image of the Virgin in a corona of light. The Virgin of Guadalupe was revered as the patron of the Indians and later, of all Mexico.

We see a parade.

I read chapter 45 from the Tao te Ching, translated by Steven Mitchell:

“True perfection seems imperfect,
yet it is perfectly itself.”

We are in the Basilica- I am on a moving walkway that is going past the famous image, created by a miracle. Scientists have determined that the image was not painted on the cape with a brush.

“True fullness seems empty,
yet it is fully present.”

Each year, tens of thousands of people visit the Basilica. It is the most visited shrine in all of Christianity.

“True straightness seems crooked.”


“True wisdom seems foolish.”

A museum holds documents regarding many miracles.


“True art seems artless.”

“The Master allows things to happen.”

“She shapes events as they come.”

Bottom photo shows a man offering fortunes – which are selected by a small bird.

This is the place where the apparition appeared.

An early miracle – the Indian, injured by an arrow, is healed.

Santiago, the pilgrim

Santiago (St. James), the Moor slayer

“She steps out of the way
and lets the Tao speak for itself.”

A man sings about God.

We walk toward the Basilica.

The Basilica can hold 20,000 people.

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