Among Latin Americans the Lady of Guadelupe is the most popular and revered of icons. Yet she is often depicted incorrectly with light skin which is not only contrary to the orginal story and existing artifact but denies the power of the Black Madonna to reveal itself. __________ Guadalupe is above all a person the Perfect Virgin our Mother of mercy a model to be imitated and a living Mother who anticipates our needs as when she intervenes in our history for the sake of our salvation and for the sake of our welfare as pilgrims in this world. ---- Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner F.I. a member of the Franciscans of the Immaculate is an internationally known lecturer on Marian doctrine