This morning J.J. and I went to Intermountain Hospital Cedar City to get our lab works done. Since we had fasted for 12 hours, we asked the hospital guest relations officer if she could recommend a good restaurant. She suggested Lupita’s Restaurant.
Lupita, is a nickname for Our Lady of Guadalupe a.k.a. the Virgin of Guadalupe. According to tradition, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec convert to Christianity. She appeared twice requesting that a shrine to be built for her on Tepeyac Hill. When proof was demanded by the bishop, Juan Diego was was told by the apparition to bring roses from a nearby field. This was during the winter when flowers don’t grow. During the second audience with the bishop, Juan Diego opened his cloak and dozens of roses fell to the floor revealing the image of Mary imprinted on the inside of the cloak.
Our server Mela:
The Basílica of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world, and the world's third most-visited sacred site. (We are planning a future trip to Mexico City and this Basilica is on our bucket list.)
J.J. and I enjoyed our very late breakfast appreciating the ambiance of this place. Through posters in the wall, we also learned that Lupita’s is used as a venue by Cedar City Police Department for a Christmas fundraising called “Tip a Cup for Children.”
Aloha -- Cathi