On Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico, we received a real-size relic of the miraculous image given by the Virgin Mary to Saint Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. This relic is now on display at the Sakramento Peace Center in Medjugorje. We have decided to choose her as the protector of the Maranathons movement because Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Protector of Life. That is why we have chosen an element of the icon in our logo: the Nahui Ollin. This flower with four petals is placed on Mary’s belly. For the Aztecs, the four-petalled flower called “Nahui Ollín” or “4-Movement” summarized all the knowledge of the world, a world already destroyed four times. The central sign indicated the Fifth Sun, the time when humanity lived. The Nahui Ollín was known to all pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations, such as those of the Olmecs, Maya or Toltecs.
This simple flower, also called Mexican jasmine, is the manifestation of God, omnipresent, eternal, always in motion, since He is the master of Life, the master of heaven and earth. The Aztecs were convinced that the Fifth Sun would be the last creation of humanity, an era that would end in a great earthquake.
This four-petalled flower is also the solar flower, always in motion. The Sun being celebrated on the feast of Nahui Ollín, it also represented the four cardinal points or the four directions of the Universe.
On the Sunstone of the Aztec calendar is located in the center the Fifth Sun as a pivot around which the other four eras rotate in a movement of Nahui Ollín, symbol of the center of history, principle and end of the world. Integrating concept of all the cultural and religious values of Mexican civilization. The number 5 refers to the relationship between humanity and divinity. The flower of Nahui Ollín is placed on the belly of the Miraculous Image.
In the “Nican Mopohua”, the Virgin presents herself as the Mother of Ipalnemohuani and Tloque Nahuaque, two names of the only God creator. The Nahui Ollín placed at the place of the fetus announces to the Aztecs that the being carried in Her will be the God of the Fifth Sun. Huitzilopochtli, a warlike and bloody sun, was definitively defeated, replaced by a civilization in perfect harmony with the cosmos. A promise made by Quetzalcoatl to his people on his return.