The Queen of Heaven

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I have had one opportunity to view the Tilma of Saint Juan Diego prominently on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  It was in my early twenties while I was working as a contractor on the Mexican Railroad.  The chance to see it could easily be described as providential.  We were logging ninety hour weeks and had not begun a day with any destination in mind.  Mornings began promptly with packing up suitcases from the night before, and at sundown we would find a room wherever the railroad had brought us.  Somehow, Mexico City became the only extended destination of our month long journey down the railways of the Ferrocarril.  Knowing I was as close to the Basilica as I would ever be; I hailed a cab and went to Tepeyac Hill where Juan Diego had first encountered the Blessed Virgin.

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