Juan opened the tilma to show them and, to everyone’s astonishment, the Image of Our Lady appeared on it. The Bishop then built the church as Our Lady had requested. Nine million natives were converted and baptized to the one, true faith within the next nine years. Human sacrifice ended in Mexico forever and the Indians and Spanish reconciled, inter-married and became the Mexican people.
Bishop Zumarraga later wrote to Cortes, “In our day, God and His Blessed Mother deigned to shower the land which was won by you, with His great mercy.”
For more information on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please read Dan Lynch’s book, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hope for the World.