Was Juan Diego a "Nurse"?

From Ellen Gianoli, BSN, MA, RN
President, National Association of Catholic Nurses, U.S.A.


As we look towards the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, let us also pause to see how Saint Juan Diego, to whom the Virgin Mary appeared, was at the time acting like a nurse. 
What was humble Juan Diego doing, when, after encountering Mary two previous times, he tried to avoid meeting up with the Virgin Mary a third time? Why would he want to skip an exchange with Mary up close and personal?

He was acting like a "nurse"! His uncle Juan Bernardino was very ill, running an implacable high temperature, asking for Extreme Unction before death, so Juan Diego was trying to get to a priest. He had "nursed" his uncle through the night, and now was seeking a priest to come. He actually avoided the place where he had previously met Mary, so that he could get what his uncle needed.  Mary showed up on his alternate trail anyway. 
Isn't that so like a nurse? Stay focused, care for the patient, meet the physical, and also the spiritual needs.

God Bless,  Your President,  Ellen Gianoli, RN

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