Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with us in picture, word and song.
Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Pope Francis reminds us: “Looking at the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe we somehow also have the reflection of these three realities: abundance, blessing and gift,” The photo below is taken at St. Therese Parish, Appleton, Wisconsin. It certainly captures the beauty of this feast. See the reflection of St. Therese in the bottom right of the photo praying with Mary. We are all invited to pray with our Blessed Mother for the needs of the world.
Words of Mary to Juan Diego translated from Náhuatl
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the perfect time to reflect on Mary’s own words in Náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Find the story of Juan Diego and Guadalupe published by Guadalupe Abbey, Box 97 Lafayette Oregon, 97127. Basically the work of Trappist monks. in this brief passage the Blessed Mother is addressing Juan Diego for the first time. It is a poetic masterpiece. Click on this link to order your own copy for further pondering.
“Do know this, do be assured of it in your heart, My Littlest One, that I myself, I am the entirely and ever Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of the True Divinity, God Himself: because of Him, Life goes on, Creation goes on:
His are all things afar, His are all things near at hand, things above in the heavens, things here below on the earth.
How truly I wish it, how greatly I desire it, that here they should erect me my temple!
Here would I show forth, here would I make a gift of all my fondness for my dear one
For truly myself, I am your compassionate Mother, yours, for you yourself, for everyone here in the land, for each and all together, for all others too, for all folk of every kind,
who do but cherish me,
who do but raise their voices to me,
who do but seek me
For here I shall listen to their groanings, to their saddenings, here shall I make well and heal up their each and every kind of disappointment, of exhausting pangs, of bitter aching pain.”
Juan Diego’s words are equally as loving in response:
My Sovereign, O Woman, already am I going that I may realize your utterance, your declaration. May I but take leave of you, I, your needy vassal.” Photo: Our Lady of Guadalupe from Little Flower Parish, Waukegan, Illinois.
In the prayerfulness of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as well as the humble, saintly Juan Diego who was canonized twenty years ago by Saint John Paul II, enjoy Guadalupana by musicians from Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Houston, Texas.
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