Guadalupe Account Encourages Reflection on One’s Vocation

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December 08, 2019

Franciscan Sister Carmen Marie Diaz offers her own ‘vocation’ related reflection on these words from the Guadalupe Account translation from Aztec Language work. It is translated through the generosity of the Trappist Abbey of Our Lady of Guadalupe and CARA. (Photos: St. Anastatia Parish, Waukegan, Illinois and Holy Family Convent bakery)

“THEN SUDDENLY CEASES THE SONG, AND HEARKENS HE TO THE STILLNESS: THEN HEARS HE A CALL, COMING TO HIM FROM THE TOP OF THE HILLOCK, AND SAYING: “JUANITO, JUAN DIEGITO!”

THEREUPON VENTURES HE TO MAKE HIS WAY UP TO WHERE HE IS BEING CALLED. NOTHING OF DISTURBANCE IS IN HIS HEART, NOR ANY STUNNING SHOCK; RATHER HE FULL CONTENT WITH IT ALL, FULL GLORYING IN IT ALL, AS HE CLAMBERS UP THE HILLOCK, WHITHER HE HAS BEEN GAZING AND WHENCE HAS BEEN COMING HIS CALL.

UPON HIS REACHING THE TOP OF THE HILLOCK, HE CATCHES SIGHT OF A WOMAN, ONE WHO HAS BEEN TAKING HER STAND THERE, SHE BECKONS HIM TO COME ON, CLOSER UP TO HERSELF.”

Juan Diego hears and answers the very personal and intimate call from Our Lady. The diminutive attached to his name reflects the tenderness and love that God through Mary has for him. His calm acceptance of what is happening comes from his faith both simple and true.

Juan Diego escucha y responde al llamado muy personal e íntimo de Nuestra Señora. El diminuto adjunto a su nombre refleja la ternura y el amor que Dios a través de María tiene por él. Su tranquila aceptación de lo que está sucediendo proviene de su fe, tanto simple como verdadera.