St. Lucy (283 – 204) lived during a time when the Roman Emperor wanted to destroy the Christian faith. She had great love for Jesus and promised her life to Him. Rejecting a marriage to a non-believer, she was tortured and killed for her faith. The torturers even removed her eyes but God restored them. St. Lucy is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye ailments. Her name literally means ‘light’. Her feast day is on 13 December.
In the 1531, the blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a poor Mexican named Juan Diego. She requested him to ask the bishop to build a chapel where she stood. The bishop was skeptical of Juan Diego's report and asked for a sign. Juan Diego returned to the Lady and she provided roses for him to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma. When he opened his tilma in the bishop’s presence, the roses fell to the ground and a miraculous image of Mary appeared on his tilma! Mary's appearance to Juan Diego as one of his people is a powerful reminder that Mary and the God who sent her accept all peoples. The feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe is on 12 December, the day the miraculous image was unveiled. The image can still be seen today in Mexico!