In the Latest issue of ‘The Catholic Herald’ it is reported that ‘scholars [of what?] in Rome have been puzzling over microscopic figures in the eyes of an image of Our Lady (Guadalupe Virgin).’
The presentation was of ‘twenty years of research and study into the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at a conference at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum.’ Perhaps their study is closer akin to wishful thinking!’
Dr. Jose Aste Tonsmann claimed, ‘there were at least 13 recognisable figures in the eyes of the image, the appearance of which in December 1531 initiated the rapid conversion of almost the entire Aztec nation.’
‘Dr. Tonsmann, an environmental systems engineer [an expert in signs and wonders it would appear!] believes an iris, magnified more than 2,500 times reflects the moment when Blessed Juan Diego first revealed the image. The Peruvian said that the figures included Juan Diego, who had ‘striking features’ and a beard and moustache; Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, a bald and bearded man; a dark-skinned woman who could have been a slave; interpreter Juan Gonzalez and a man with Spanish features.’
‘He also identified an Indian family in the centre of a pupil and believes it represents a "hidden" message.’
However, it seems that Dr. Tonsmann remains ‘perplexed’ on other more scientific matters. This surely will follow all the other such dogmas, such as the Turin Shroud and the Dead Sea Scrolls, the various statues and shrines dedicated to Mariology and Sainthoods, into the realms of relics and idol worship of the Church of Rome.
The article continues to develop and elaborate an intriguing story of how Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego in what is today Mexico City. She told him to build a temple in her honour and ‘Here I will demonstrate, I will exhibit, I will give all my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to the people’. I am your merciful mother, the merciful mother of all of you who live untied in this land, and all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who seek me, of those who have confidence in me. Here I will hear their weeping and will alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities and misfortunes’
When the bishop asked for a sign, Our Lady told Juan Diego to gather roses and take them to the bishop. As Juan Diego opened his garment where the roses were the image of Our Lady as an Indian girl [? – very Biblical!] was revealed.
In keeping with the book of Revelation [chapter 12], she was also depicted as pregnant, clothed by the sun and with the moon at her feet [and a crown of twelve stars?] – showing her to be higher than the Aztec gods yet not a god herself [?].
If not a god or God herself then how can she, ‘Here I demonstrate’ etc. and act like a co-redemptrix? This is popery to laugh at!
The image today is kept above the altar in the Basilica of Guadalupe, Mexico.
This is nothing but total idol worship which breaks the second commandment – ‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. (Exodus 20:4,5)