The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe miraculously appeared on the tilma of Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico. In order to convince the local bishop of the authenticity of Her apparition, Our Lady had filled Juan Diego's cloak with roses collected from barren ground. However, it was not so much the roses spilling out of the cloak when it was opened before the bishop, but the miraculous image of Our Lady on the cloak, which convinced him.
Our Lady said, "I [will] exhibit and give all My love, compassion, help, and protection, because I am your merciful Mother, to you, and to all the inhabitants of this land and all the rest who love Me, invoke and confide in Me."
This image is full of symbolism which quickly converted the Aztecs. Within eight years, nine million were baptized. The image is also not scientifically explicable - from the pigment used and minute details in the eyes to the longevity of the frail cactus cloth fabric. Our Lady of Guadalupe is truly an image from heaven.
"The inner life of another that is known to God alone becomes to a much less degree open to us through friendship. It partially fills the desire of our incomplete, lonely hearts for completeness in another. Friendship brings out the best in a person through forgetfulness of self." - St. Thomas Aquinas