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Pam Spano shares how she finally figured out why she's been particularly drawn to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

As a convert and journey woman of the Catholic faith, I have encountered a variety of saints along the way. Circumstances would lead me to look up a particular saint and an intercessory prayer depending on my need or the need of someone else. Some saints were at the forefront of my path and others were hidden, revealing themselves when least expected.

Our Blessed Mother has always been with me. Her numerous depictions have popped up throughout my lifetime, but one in particular began to reveal herself more frequently and I didn’t know why.

A friend of mine refers to this as “saint stalking.” A particular saint or the Blessed Mother appears in our life through interesting circumstances. A medal is found or a book appears for apparently no reason. The mystery begins.

Our Lady of Guadalupe has slipped in and out of my life for the last few years. I felt drawn to her and didn’t understand why.

I’m not sure when it all started. I would visit different churches and immediately walk up to her statue and just stare. My favorite depiction of her is at St. Michael’s in Chicago (pictured at top and bottom of this article). The oddest encounter was when I was in a restaurant. I looked up at the wall and found the most lovely plaque with Our Lady of Guadalupe staring down at me.


Our Lady of Guadalupe plaque


Then the ads for medals started showing up on my Facebook newsfeed. I collect medals, so the ads had my full attention! Even on eBay I found an Our Lady of Guadalupe charm made by Pandora (an exclusive to Mexico!). What was going on?

I consider myself a reasonably intelligent person, but I’m embarrassed to say, this took me a while to figure out and it shouldn’t have.


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Our Lady of Guadalupe has slipped in and out of my life for the last few years. I felt drawn to her and didn’t understand why. #catholicmom

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is December 12, my mother’s birthday. My mother and I had a contentious relationship our whole lives. The last two weeks of my mother’s life was the only time I can remember when she was nice to me.

My mother has been dead for over thirty years. The small healings have come over time and in different ways. Some were dramatic and some were subtle. I don’t believe I’ve completely forgiven her, but I’m close.

The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in my life suggests to me that forgiveness is close at hand. I wear the medals of her often as a reminder to me that it will happen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, please intercede on behalf of my mother and me.

Our Lady of Guadalupe statue


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