Our Lady’s Face



Truths of the Image
Her tender and loving expression is that of a mother looking at her child which shows love, tenderness, and protection.

The expression on her tender, humble, beautiful face was particularly important in the Nahuati world (Ixtli = face, was synonymous with person), and so her tender and loving expression, that of a mother looking at her child which shows love, tenderness, and protection as well as an immense interest for mankind.

In Nahuati, the expression “sidelong glance” did not have a negative meaning, as it does in Spanish.  On the contrary, it meant “thinking about the person one is looking at”, “not forgetting the person one is looking at”. 

The face is a dark, mestizo face, it is the union of two great cultures; the Mexican and the Spanish, and now we understand that it is the unity of all races, cultures and lineages.  Guadalupe’s dark face represents the unity and integration of all human beings, forming in Herself God’s Family, a new civilization of full and complete love, the culture of real life.  This takes on a very special dimension when one knows the way in which an Indian mother addressed her son or daughter: “you are my blood, my color”; Holy Mary of Guadalupe makes us belong to her “blood”, her “color” and at the same time we feel part of her blood and color in her words, “Am I not here, who is your mother?”