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3.04166666666667 out of 53.04166666666667 out of 53.04166666666667 out of 53.04166666666667 out of 53.04166666666667 out of 5 3.04 (48 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Anderson, Eduardo Chavez Narrator: John Allen Nelson Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nearly a decade after Spain’s conquest of Mexico, the future of Christianity on the American continent was very much in doubt. Confronted with a hostile colonial government and Native Americans wary of conversion, the newly appointed bishop-elect of Mexico wrote to tell the king of Spain that, unless there was a miracle, the continent would be lost. Between December 9 and December 12, 1531, that miracle happened, and it forever changed the future of the continent.

It was then that the Virgin Mary famously appeared to a Native American Christian convert on a hilltop outside of what is now Mexico City. The image she left imprinted on his cloak, or tilma, has puzzled scientists for centuries, and yet Our Lady of Gudalupe’s place in history is profound. A continent that just months before the apparitions seemed completely lost to Christianity suddenly and inexplicably embraced it by the millions. Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message of love replaced the institutionalized violence of the Aztec culture and built a bridge between two worlds—the old and the new—that were just ten years earlier engaged in brutal warfare.

Today, Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to inspire the devotion of millions. From Canada to Argentina—and even beyond the Americas—one finds great devotion to her, and great appreciation for her message of love, unity, and hope. Today reproductions of the Virgin’s miraculous image can be seen throughout North and South America, in churches and homes, on billboards and even clothing apparel. Her shrine in Mexico City, where the miraculous image is housed to this day, is one of the most visited in the world.

In Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love, Anderson and Chavez trace the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe from the sixteenth century to the present and discuss how her message was and continues to be an important catalyst for religious and cultural transformation. Looking at Our Lady of Guadalupe as a model of the Church and Juan Diego as a model for all Christians who seek to answer Christ’s call of conversion and witness, the authors explore the changing face of the Catholic Church in North, Central, and South America, and they show how Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message was not only historically significant but how it speaks to contemporary issues confronting the American continents and people today.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Don Weidinger | 7/6/2013

    " 1531 event that changed the lives of 9M people within years, a story of love that may enrich your life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Leslie | 12/1/2012

    " Interesting insights into Mexican culture. Our Lady of Guadalupe is not just for Mexicans, but represents all of North America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mary Alice | 10/26/2012

    " I really give this 3 and half stars. This is a hard book to rate. It is full of good historical information and explains Aztec symbology well. Most of the story I already knew, so I wasn't surprised by anything. Maybe that is why it didn't capture me fully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by cindy nelson | 12/5/2011

    " i love the story, it was cool, just imagine our carl anderson making an autobook about guadalupe, he is and was a great writer, "

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About the Author

Carl Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author and the chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the Knights of Columbus. Among his books are A Civilization of Love: What Every Catholic Can Do to Transform the World and Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. He held various positions of the Executive Office of the President from 1983 to 1987, was a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and has taught at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family.