94 And on the following day, Monday, when Juan Diego was to take some sign in order to be believed, he did not return.
95 Because when he arrived at his house, the sickness had struck an uncle of his, named Juan Bernardino, and he was very ill.
96 He went to get the native healer, who treated him, but it was too late; he was very ill.
97 And when night came, his uncle begged him to come to Tlatilolco shortly after midnight, while it was still dark, to call some priest to go to confess him, to go to get him ready,
98 because he was sure that the time and place had now come for him to die, because he would no longer get up, he would no longer get well.
99 And on Tuesday, while it was still night, Juan Diego left his house to come to Tlatilolco to get the priest.
100 and when he finally reached the little hill which ended the mountain range, at its foot, where the road comes out, on the side that the sun sets on, where he always passed before, he said:
101 "If I go ahead on the road, I don’t want this Lady to see me, because for sure, just like before, she’ll stop me so I can take the sign to the church governor for her, as she ordered me to;
102 because first our tribulation must leave us; first I must quickly call the (Franciscan) priest; my uncle is anxiously waiting for him".
103 He immediately turned toward the hill, climbed up across it where there is a pass, and emerged on the eastern side, no that he could quickly to Mexico so that the Queen of Heaven would not detain him.
104 He thinks that where he made the turn, the one who is looking everywhere perfectly won’t be able to see him.
105 He saw how she was coming down from up on the hill, and that from there she had been looking at him, from where she saw him before.
106 She came to meet him beside the hill, she came to block his way; she said to him:
107 "WHAT’S HAPPENING, YOUNGEST AND DEAREST OF ALL MY SONS? WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE ARE YOU HEADED FOR?"
108 And he, perhaps he grieved a little, or perhaps he became ashamed? Or perhaps he became afraid of the situation, be became fearful?
109 He prostrated himself before her, he greeted her, he said to her:
110 "My little Maiden, my smallest Daughter, my Girl, I hope you are happy; how are you this morning? Does your beloved little body feel well, my Lady, my Girl?
111 Although it grieves me, I will cause your face and your heart anguish: I must tell you, my little Girl, that one of your servants, my uncle, is very ill.
112 A terrible sickness has taken hold of him; he will surely die from it soon.
113 And now I shall go quickly to your little house of Mexico (Mexico-Tlatilolco), to call one of our priests, the beloved ones of Our Lord, so that he will go to hear his confession and prepare him,
114 Because we really were born for that we who came to wait for the painful effort of our death.
115 But, if I am going to carry it out, I will return here after that to go carry your breath, your word, Lady, my little Young one.
116 I beg you to forgive me, be patient with me a little longer, because I am not deceiving you with this, my youngest Daughter, my little Girl, tomorrow without fail I will come as fast as possible".
117 As soon as she heard the explanations of Juan Diego, the Merciful Perfect Virgin answered him: .
118 "LISTEN. PUT IT INTO YOUR HEART, MY YOUNGEST AND DEAREST SON, THAT THE THING THAT FRIGHTENED YOU, THE THING THAT AFFLICTED YOU IS NOTHING: DO NOT LET IT DISTURB YOU: DO NOT FEAR THIS SICKNESS NOR ANY OTHER SICKNESS, NOR ANY SHARP AND HURTFUL THING. .
119 AM I NOT HERE, I, WHO AM YOUR MOTHER? ARE YOU NOT UNDER MY SHADOW AND PROTECTION? AM I NOT THE SOURCE OF YOUR JOY? ARE YOU NOT IN THE HOLLOW OF MY MANTLE, IN THE CROSSING OF MY ARMS? DO YOU NEED SOMETHING MORE? .
120 LET NOTHING ELSE WORRY YOU, DISTURB YOU; DO NOT LET YOUR UNCLE’S ILLNESS PRESSURE YOU WITH GRIEF, BECAUSE HE WILL NOT DIE OF IT NOW. YOU MAY BE CERTAIN THAT HE IS ALREADY WELL". .
121 (And at that very moment his uncle became well, as they later found out). .
122 An when Juan Diego heard the lovely word, the lovely breath of the Queen of Heaven, he was greatly comforted by it, his heart became peaceful. .
123 and he begged her to send him immediately to see the Governing Bishop, to take him something for a sign, for proof so that he would believe. .
124 And the Queen of Heaven ordered him then to go to the top of the little hill, where he had seen her before: .
125 She said to him: "GO UP, MY DEAREST SON, TO THE TOP OF THE HILL, TO WHERE YOU SAW ME AND I TOLD YOU WHAT TO DO; .
126 THERE YOU WILL SEE THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FLOWERS: CUT THEM, GATHER THEM, PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER; THEN COME DOWN HERE; BRING THEM HERE, INTO MY PRESENCE." .
127 Juan Diego climbed to the top the top of the hill right away. 128 and when he reached the top, he was astonished by all of them, blooming, open, flowers of every kind, lovely and beautiful, when it still was not their season: .
129 because really that was the season n which the frost was very harsh: .
130 they were giving off an extremely soft fragrance; like precious pearls, as if filled with the dew of the night. .
131 Then he began to cut them, he gathered them all, he put them in the hollow of his tilma. .
132 The top of the little hill was certainly not a place in which any flowers grew; there are only plenty of rocks, thorns, spines, prickly pears and mesquite trees, .
133 And even though some little herbs or grasses might grow, it was then the month of December, in which the frost eats everything up and destroys it. .
134 And immediately he came back down, he came to bring the Heavenly Maiden the different kinds of flowers which he had gone up to cut. .
135 And when she saw them, she took them with her precious hands; .
136 Then she put them all together into the hollow of his ayate again and said: .
137 "MY YOUNGEST AND DEAREST SON, THESE DIFFERENT KINDS OF FLOWERS ARE THE PROOF, THE SIGN THAT YOU WILL TAKE TO THE BISHOP; .
138 YOU WILL TELL HIM FROM ME THA HE IS TO SEE IN THEM MY DESIRE, AND THAT THEREFORE HE IS TO CARRY OUT MY WISH, MY WILL. .
139 AND YOU, YOU WHO ARE MY MESSENGER, IN YOU I PLACE MY ABSOLUTE TRUST; .
140 AND I STRICTLY ORDER YOU THAT YOU ONLY OPEN YOUR AYATE ALONE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE BISHOP, AND SHOW HIM WHAT YOU ARE CARRYING. .
141 AND YOU WILL TELL HIM EVERYTHING EXACTLY, YOU WILL TELL HIM THAT I ORDERED YOU TO CLIMB TO THE TOP OF THE LITTLE HILL TO CUT FLOWERS, AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU SAW AND ADMIRED, .
142 SO THAT YOU CAN CONVINCE THE GOVERNING PRIEST, SO THAT HE WILL THEN DO WHAT LIES WITHIN HIS RESPONSIBILITY SO THAT MY TEMPLE WHICH I HAVE ASKED HIM FOR WILL BE MADE, WILL BE RAISED." .
143 And as soon as the Heavenly Queen gave him her orders, he took the causeway, he comes straight to Mexico City, he comes happily now. .
144 His heart is tranquil now, because his errand will come out well, he will carry it our perfectly. .
145 Along the way, he is very careful of what is in the hollow of his garment, lest he lose something: .
146 As he comes, he enjoys the fragrance of the different kinds of exquisite flowers. .
147 When he arrived at the Bishop’s residence, the doorkeeper and the other servants of the Governing Priest went to meet him. .
148 and he begged them to tell him how much he wanted to see him, but none of them was willing; they pretended they didn’t understand him, or perhaps because it was still very dark; .
149 or perhaps because they felt by now that all he did was bother them and keep on insisting, .
150 and their companions had already told them, the ones who lost him from sight when they were following him. .
151 For a long, long time he waited for his request to be granted. 152 And when they saw that he was simply standing there for a long, long time with his head down, without doing anything, in case he should be called, and that it looked as if he was carrying something, as if he was bringing it in the hollow of his tilma – then they came up close to him to see what he was bringing and thus satisfy their curiosity. .
153 And when Juan Diego saw that there was no way in which he could hide from them what he was carrying and that therefore they might harass him or push him perhaps rough him and the flowers up, he finally gave them a little peek and they say that it was flowers. .
154 And when they say that they were all exquisite different flowers and that it wasn’t the season for them to be blooming, they were very, very astonished by how fresh they were, how good they smelled, how handsome they seemed. .
155 And they wanted to grab and pull a few out; .
156 They dared to try to grab them three times, but there was no way in which they could do it, .
157 because when they would try, they could no longer see the flowers, they saw them as if they were painted or embroidered or sewn on the tilma. .
158 They went immediately to tell the Governing Bishop what they had seen, .
159 and how much the lowly Indian who had come other times wanted to see him, and that he had been waiting a very long time there for permission, because he wanted to see him. .
160 And as soon as the Governing Bishop heard it, he realized that this was the proof to convince him to get started on what the humble man was asking him for. .
161 He immediately ordered that he come in to see him. .
162 And when he had come in, he prostrated himself in his presence, as he had done before. .
163 And again he told him what he had seen and admired, and his message. .
164 He said to him, "Your Excellency, sir, I have done it. I have carried out your orders, .
165 That is, I went to tell my Mistress, the Heavenly Maiden, Holy Mary, the Beloved Mother of God, that you were asking for proof so you could believe me, so that you would make her sacred little house, where she as asking you to build it; 166 And I also told her that I had given you my word to come to bring you some sign, some proof of her will, as you told me to. .
167 And she listened carefully to your breath, your word, and was pleased to receive your request for the sign, the proof, so that her beloved will can be done, can be carried out. .
168 And today, while it was still night, she ordered me to come again to see you; .
169 and I asked her for the proof so that I would be believed, as she had said that she would give it to me, and she kept her promise immediately. .
170 And she ordered me to the top of the little hill where I had seen her before, to cut different flowers up there; Castillian roses. .
171 And when I had cut them, I took them down to her at the bottom; .
172 and she took them with her holy hands, .
173 again she placed them in the hollow of my ayate, .
174 so that I would bring them to you, so I would give them only to you. .
175 Although I knew very well that the top of the hill isn’t a place where flowers grow, because there are only a lot of craggy rocks, thorns, spiny acacias, prickly pears, mesquite bushes. I didn’t doubt because of that, I didn’t hesitate because of that. .
176 When I reached the top of the hill I saw that it was now paradise. .
177 Every kind of different precious flowers were there, each one perfect, the very finest that there are, full of dew and shining so I immediately cut them; .
178 and she told me that I should give them to you from her, and that in this way I would show the truth; that your should see the sign that you were asking for in order to carry our her beloved will, .
179 and so that it will be clear that my word, my message, is truth, .
180 here they are; please receive them." .
181 And then he held out his white tilma, in the hollow of which he had placed the flowers. .
182 And just as all the different precious flowers fell to the floor, .
183 then and there the beloved Image of the Perfect Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of God, became the sign, suddenly appeared in the form and figure in which it is now, .
184 where it is preserved in her beloved little house, in her sacred little house at Tepeyac, which is called Guadalupe. .
185 And as soon as the Governing Bishop and all those who were there saw it, they knelt, they were full of awe and reverence. .
186 They stood up to see it, they became sad, they wept, their hearts and minds were in ecstasy. .
187 And the Governing Bishop weeping and with sadness begged and asked her to forgive him for not having immediately carried out her will, her holy breath, her holy word. .
188 And when he got up, he untied Juan Diego’s garment, his tilma, from his neck where it was tied. .
189 On which the Heavenly Queen appeared, on which she became the sign. .
190 And then he took it and placed it in his private chapel. .
191 And Juan Diego still stayed for the day in the Bishop’s house, he still kept him there. 192 And on the next day he said to him: "Come, let’s go so you can show where is that the Queen of Heaven wants her chapel built." .
193 People were immediately invited to make it, to build it. .
194 And Juan Diego, as soon as he showed where the Lady of Heaven had ordered her sacred little house to be built, asked for permission: .
195 he wanted to go to his house in order to see his uncle, Juan Bernardino, who was very ill when he left him to go to Tlatilolco to call a priest to confess him and prepare him, the one whom the Queen of Heaven had told him had already been cured. .
196 But they didn’t let him go alone, rather people went with him to his house. .
197 And when they arrived they saw that his uncle was now healthy; he had absolutely no pain of any kind. .
198 And he, for his part, was greatly surprised by the way in which his nephew was accompanied and very honored; .
199 he asked his nephew why it was that they were honoring him so much; .
200 and he told him how, when he left to go call a priest for him who would confess him and prepare him, the Lady of Heaven appeared to him there at Tepeyac; 201 and she sent him to Mexico City to see the Governing Bishop, so that he would make her a house at Tepeyac. .
202 And she told him not to worry, because his uncle was now happy, and she consoled him very much with this news. .
203 His uncle told him that it was true, that she healed him at that exact moment, .
204 And he saw her in exactly the same way she had appeared to his nephew, .
205 and she told him that she was also sending him to Mexico City to see the Bishop; .
206 and also that when he went to see him, he should reveal absolutely everything to him, he should tell him what he had seen .
207 and the marvelous way in which she had healed him, .
208 and that he would properly name her beloved Image thus: THE PERFECT VIRGIN, HOLY MARY OF GUADALUPE. .
209 And then they brought Juan Bernardino into the presence of the Governing Bishop, they brought him to speak with him, to give his testimony, .
210 and together with his nephew Juan Diego, the Bishop lodged them in his house for a few days. .
211 While the sacred little house of the lovely Little Queen was built out there at Tepeyac, where she revealed herself to Juan Diego. .
212 And the Reverend Bishop moved the beloved Image of the Beloved Heavenly Maiden to the principal church. .
213 He took her beloved Image from his residence, from his private chapel in which it was, so that all could see it and admire it. .
214 And absolutely this entire city with no exception, was deeply moved as everyone came to see and admire her precious Image. .
215 They came to acknowledge its divine character. .
216 They came to offer her their payers. .
217 They marveled at the miraculous way it had appeared..
218 since absolutely no one on earth had painted her beloved Image.