Our Lady of Guadalupe Finds a Home at Walmart

Mary Mosaic

Last Wednesday, a first for Walmart:  At their new Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Sherman Heights neighborhood of San Diego, a Catholic priest blessed a mosaic plaque of the Virgin Mary that’s embedded in the exterior wall.Father Richard Brown, senior priest at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in San Diego, said, “It’s the only Walmart in the world with a plaque of our Blessed Mother.” Walmart was immersed in controversy in 2012, when they announced plans to open a store on the site of a … [Read more...]

Footwear for the Feast: Our Lady of Guadalupe on Your Ankle

Sock 3

December 12 is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  And so I ask you, the reader:Should I celebrate by wearing these socks?Or these?Actually, I don’t own either of these combination foot protectors/devotionals, but I would love to tuck these uniquely Catholic socks into my winter boots!On a more serious note, you probably know the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and how her image was miraculously imprinted on Juan Diego’s tilma (cloak).  You may know that the tilma itsel … [Read more...]

What Mary Wore: Belts and Veils from Mary’s Closet

In honor of the Marian feast this week, I thought I’d take a peek inside the Virgin Mary’s closet.  Sometimes you’d think, from looking at pious representations of the Mother of God, that she was a real fashionista. Actually, when you think about it, living in such a warm climate, Mary must have had at least a few tunics.  But haven’t the artists taken her style just over the top? Why Did Mary Wear Blue?First, there’s that closet full of tunics!  Classical artists like Botticelli, Raphael a … [Read more...]