TheCompass: Mary, Spain and Christopher Columbus
|Basilica Cathedral of Nuestra Señora del Pilar|
There are many apparitions — appearances of a saint or the Lord Jesus — that have been recorded in the church over the years. Many of these apparitions have been of the Blessed Mother, such as her appearance as Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego in Mexico or her appearance to Adele Brise in Champion in our own diocese.continue at The Compass
However, there is only one appearance of Mary that is said to have taken place while she was still living on earth. And honoring it is connected with Christopher Columbus, whose discovery of the Americas while in service to Spain is marked on Oct. 12.
The feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, or Nuestra Señora del Pilar, is celebrated on Oct. 12. As Our Lady of the Pillar, Mary is patroness of Spain and, since Pope John Paul II’s declaration in 1984, patroness of “all Hispanic peoples.”