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Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation [Paperback]

By Virgilio P. Elizondo (Author)
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In December 1531 on the hill of Tepeyac in what is present day Mexico City an Indian named Juan Diego beheld an apparition of the Mother of God. With the attire and features of an Indian maiden and addressing Juan Diego in his native tongue she instructed him to tell the bishop to build a shrine on that spot. As a sign she left her image on his cloak-the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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A profound, poetic, and inspiring reflection on the meaning of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the apparition to the Indian Juan Diego in Mexico City in 1531.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   139
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.41" Height: 0.46"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1997
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570751102  
ISBN13  9781570751103  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Virgilio Elizondo is one of the leading Latino theologians in the U.S. today. Founder of the Mexican-American Cultural Center in San Antonio, TX and past Rector of the San Fernando Cathedral there, he is currently on the faculty of theology at the University of Notre Dame. His twelve books include Galilean Journey, Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation, and The Way of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in the Americas. In 2007 Rev. Elizondo was the recipient of the Catholic Theological Society of America's John Courtney Murray Award, for distinguished achievement in the study of theology.

Virgilio P. Elizondo currently resides in the state of Texas. Virgilio P. Elizondo was born in 1935.

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Terrific, thought-provoking book  May 8, 2008
I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Mary or in the Guadalupe apparition. This book gave me so much to think about. The author "unpacks" the significance and symbolism of the apparition and also explains how the book is a call to anyone who wants to consider how best to evangelize and build bridges between cultures. The events of the apparition happened in a specific cultural and religious context, but the lessons apply to all of us today as we work to build a universal Church. One of our primary calls as Christians is to treat others with dignity ... the book reinforces that in a beautiful and unique way. Highly recommended.
This book from the greatest American Catholic publishing house Orbis Books, a division of the Maryknoll American Catholic Missionary Society, of which my uncle is a long time member, not only serves as an excellent introduction for the serious academic researcher of this American religious phenomenon, but also ably and consolingly accompanies any already knowledgeable and faithful and practicing Catholic on our long pilgrimage with Our Lady of Guadalupe, la Virgen Morenita, Queen of the Americas.

Twenty five years ago I was privileged while accompanying Mayan Indians fleeing the US supported right wing genocide in their ancient mountain homeland to visit several times the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe near Mexico City. The old and traditional Basilica visited by US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy had sunk into the swampy ancient lake bed which forms the Mexico City region and so the tilma had been removed to a new and larger and modern Basilica nearby, yet we still could visit the old Basilica and observe the votos left by past generations of pilgrims. I was also able a few times to climb Tepeyac to the chapel at the site of the apparition which came so early in the occupation by Europeans of this hemisphere, a generation after Columbus's first voyage. Upon descending from that hilltop I bought a bag of roast chicken at a stand, and following the instructions I had received did not share with a mother and baby who asked some of me, and disaster has followed me ever since. This Thanksgiving I have given two turkeys to poor families in Mexico and hope in this way to make at least partial reparation to Our Lady of the Poor at Guadalupe, for my past selfish and thoughtless failures, particularly that most painful one upon her very doorstep of Tepeyac. I come too late to learn, but we must ever remain on our pilgrimage to total conversion, and not turn aside in despair but ever move forward.

Thus within the first page and a half of this book, I could not read for my tears, as the Reverend Father Elizondo so faithfully recounts his own first trip to Tepeyac with his father as a small child, and his own communion of prayer with the poor masses within that ancient basilica, before the tilma graced by Our Lady. I felt after so many solitary visits there accompanied, understood, in communion of prayer with a profound and a Catholic and a prayerful soul.

And so is this book, a journal of Father Elizondo's pilgrimage and profound research of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here we find a comprehensive Marian theological treatise of Gudalupe accessible to any reader, and especially useful as we approach the novena of her Feast Day December 12th.

These past years I have been fortunate to join in pre-dawn procession in my parish in Mexico bearing the image of Our Lady Of Guadalupe throughout the small village, praying the Rosary, the major Marian prayer, in union with my fellow parishioners of our Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our patroness, our protectress, our mediatrix, our mother, la Virgen Morena.

This book then recollects my memories and aspirations, informs my knowledge of this theology, and strengthens my resolve on our pilgrimage home.

Father Elizondo remarks at the beginning of this book: "The more I try to comprehend the intrinsic force and energy of the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego in Tepeyac in 1531, at the very beginning of the Americas, the more I dare to say that I do not know of any other event since the Pentecost that has had such a revolutionary, profound, lasting, far-reaching, healing, and liberating impact on Christianity (p. xi)." This book is the welcome, comprehensive, rich and nutritious fruit of the Reverend Father Elizondo's efforts to comprehend, and here to report his contemplative, serious research.

His concluding thoughts include: "John the Apostle had a vision, which I cited earlier, of this type of newness breaking forth: And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head, a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried out in her travail and was in the anguish of delivery. (Rev. 12:1-2) The conquest was killing off Our Lady's children. The new world order would soon seek to destroy all differences or enslave and exploit the weaker other. The mother of the new world order does not want this. She cries out to let her children be born and demands a caring and loving home for all the children of this earth (p. 134)."

Let this brief passage, built upon the firm foundation of all that precedes in this excellent work of Catholic spirituality, serve to whet your spiritual appetite for the substantial theological feast here within. Truly this book will edify and strengthen you, and let us thus pray in procession together though far apart in the week leading up to her Feast, that one day we may all walk together in her eternal warmth.

Please see as well the many excellent Catholic works by the prolific and the Reverend Father Virgilio Elizondo, including if you can La Morenita: Evangelizer of the Americas (Spanish/English) and his many contributions to the excellent Catholic periodical publication Concilium, including 1492-1992: The Voice of the Victims (Concilium).
Not for the serious researcher  Oct 5, 2006
What a disapointment! I bought this book for some research I am doing but found its contents to be so unabashedly Catholic party-line that none of it is useful in an academic review. I concede that there is a place for Fr. Elizond's works for the Catholic audience wanting affirmation of their faith, but for my purposes, the experience of buying it makes me realize there is definitely a place for the old fashioned bookstore where you can peruse what you're buying. I wish I could get my money back!
Please note  Sep 13, 1999
While Mr. Elizondo obviously cares deeply about justice, readers should be aware that certain views expressed in this book are definitely not orthodox Catholic/Christian teaching, especially regarding Mary.
Guadalupe as the new Gospel of the Americas.  Apr 27, 1998
This fascinating book shows how the Guadalupe story has functioned as a new Gospel story for the Americas. Elizondo calls the Church to pay attention to the experiences of the poor and oppressed and to learn from their joyful intimate relationships with this God Mother.

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