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Thought for the Day – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Thought for the Day – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary’s appearance to St Juan Diego as one of his people is a powerful reminder that Mary—and the God who sent her—accept all peoples.   In the context of the sometimes rude and cruel treatment of the Indians by the Spaniards, the apparition was a rebuke to the Spaniards and an event of vast significance for the indigenous population.   While a number of them had converted before this incident, they now came in droves.  According to a contemporary chronicler, nine million Indians became Catholic in a very short time.

In these days when we hear so much about God’s preferential option for the poor, Our Lady of Guadalupe cries out to us that God’s love for and identification with the poor is an age-old truth that stems from the Gospel itself.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us!Our lady of guadalupe pray for us 12 dec 2018 no 3

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Quote/s of the Day – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Quote/s of the Day – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

His Holiness, Pope Francis, 12 December 2015

“In Mary, God rejoices and is especially pleased.
In one of the prayers dearest to Christians,
the Salve Regina, we call Mary “Mother of Mercy”.
She has experienced divine mercy
and has hosted in her womb.
the very source of this mercy: Jesus Christ.
She, who has always lived intimately united to her Son,
knows better than anyone, what He wants –
that all men be saved and that God’s tenderness
and consolation never fail anyone.
May Mary, Mother of Mercy,
help us to understand how much God loves us.”iN mARY gOD REJOICES - POPE FRANCIS 12 DEC 2018.jpg

“The Lord is near”, the Apostle Paul tells us
and nothing should perturb us. He is close by.
He is not alone but is with His Mother.
She said to St Juan Diego:
“Why are you afraid? Am I not here who am your Mother?”.
He is near. He and his Mother.
The greatest mercy lies in His being in our midst,
in our being in His presence and company.
He walks with us, He shows us the path of love,
He lifts us up when we fall and with such tenderness,
He supports us in our labours,
He accompanies us in every circumstance of life.
He opens our eyes to see our wretchedness
and that of the world
but at the same time
He fills us with hope!”The lord is near - pope francis 12 dec 2018 guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pray for Us!our-lady-of-guadalupe-pray-for-us-no-2-12-dec-2017

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Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori 12 December – Wednesday of the Second week of Advent

Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori

12 December – Wednesday of the Second week of Advent

Jesus is charged with the sins of the whole world

“Consider that the divine Word, in taking on the human form, chose not only to take the form of a sinner but also, to bear the sins of all humanity.   What must have been the anguish of the heart of the infant Jesus when He discovered that divine justice insisted that He make full satisfaction for each sin!   Our Lord once showed to St Catherine of Siena, the hideousness of single venial sin and such was the dread and sorrow of the saint, that she fell senseless to the gound!   What then, must have been the suffering of the infant Jesus when He saw before Him, the immense array of all the crimes of history?

My beloved Jesus, I who offended You am not worthy of Your favours.   Help me, O Lord, to make that act of contrition, which I now intend to do.   You do not deserve to be offended, my Jesus but rather, to be loved. My blessed Redeemer, help me.”

Scripture
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:29come-to-me-all-who-are-burdened-matthew-11-28-29-jesus-asks-us-to-go-to-him-pope-benedict-19-july-2018

Prayer

O Lord,
we come to You.
We are burdened and struggling.
Our sins afflict and wound You
and ourselves.
We love You Lord Jesus,
our love above all things.
We repent with our whole hearts.
Never permit us to separate
ourselves from You again.
Grant that we may always love You
and sin no more.
O Jesus, our holy Saviour,
in Your gracious kindness,
supply what is wanting in us.
Lift us up on Your wings, O Lord.
Amen

Advent Action
Our Scripture presents us with the anchor that never rusts, the eagle that always carries us, the lamb that lifts our burdens.   In the midst of the Advent rush, let us rely on the Lord to renew our strength and to carry our burdens.   Let us take a break to turn our hearts each day to Him, to stop and rest and pray, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”the jesus prayer 3 - 13 feb 2018 - shrove tuesday

advent with st alphonsus - mt 11 29 wed 2nd week take my yoke 12 dec 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Morning Offering – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

St Pope Pius X’s Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
Mystical Rose,
make intercession for the holy Church,
protect the Sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke thee in their necessities,
and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary
and Mother of the true God,
obtain for us from thy most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life,
burning charity
and the precious gift of final perseverance.
Amen

This prayer was approved and enriched with an indulgence of five hundred days by St Pope Pius X at all audience held on August, 1908 and was included in the official edition of approved indulgenced prayers (1950).
Raccolta number 389, 500 days Indulgence, St Pope Pius X audience, 15 August 1908.Prayer to our lady of guadalupe - by st pope pius X 12 dec 2018

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – 12 December

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – 12 December

On 9 December 1531, a 57-year-old Aztec, Juan Diego, saw the Blessed Mother on a hill in Mexico City.   She told Juan to have a church built in her honour.   When Juan went to ask Bishop Zumarraga about this, the bishop did not understand the Indian dialect—and he did not believe in the vision Juan described.

our lady of guadalupe lg

Three days later, on 12 December Mary appeared again to Juan Dieg, and this time she gave him a sign for the bishop.   “Take these roses to the bishop,” she said, as she arranged in his cloak beautiful roses she had Juan Diego pick from the hillside although it was winter.   When he was admitted into the bishop’s room, Juan Diego opened his cloak and out dropped the roses.   On the cloak there remained an image of Mary as she had appeared to Juan Diego.

The image of Mary on the cloak is known as Our Lady of Guadalupe for an interesting reason.   On that same day, Mary appeared to Juan’s uncle and cured him, giving him a message for the bishop, saying that she would “crush the serpent’s head.”   The bishop did not understand the Indians’ language.   The Indian word for “crush the serpent” sounded to him like “Guadalupe,” the name of Mary’s shrine in Spain.   Thinking that the Virgin wanted the new shrine to have the same name, the bishop called her Our Lady of Guadalupe.
our lady of guadalupe with st juan diego

Mary appeared to Juan Diego dressed as an Aztec woman to show her love and compassion to an oppressed group of people.   Mary had heard the prayers and pain of these people and she came to give them hope.

our lady of guadalupe artwork

Mary’s visit to Guadalupe is a reminder that God will remember Hs mercy for all people. In Mary’s song of joy, the Magnificat, she praised God because he has put down the mighty, exalted the lowly, filled the hungry, and sent the rich away empty.

The clergy, secular and regular, has been remarkably faithful to the devotion towards Our Lady of Guadalupe, the bishops especially fostering it, even to the extent of making a protestation of faith in the miracle a matter of occasional obligation.   Pope Benedict XIV decreed that Our Lady of Guadalupe should be the national patron of Mexico and made 12 December a holiday of obligation with an octave and ordered a special Mass and Office.   Pope Leo XIII approved a complete historical second Nocturne, ordered the picture to be crowned in his name and composed a poetical inscription for it.   Pope Pius X permitted Mexican priests to say the Mass of Holy Mary of Guadalupe on the twelfth day of every month and granted indulgences which may be gained in any part of the world for prayer before a copy of the picture.our lady of guadalupe glass detail

The place, called Guadalupe Hidalgo since 1822, is three miles northeast of Mexico City. Pilgrimages have been made to this shrine almost without interruption since 1531-1532. A shrine at the foot of Tepeyac Hill served for ninety years and still forms part of the parochial sacristy.   In 1622 a rich shrine was erected and in 1709 a newer, even richer one.   There are also a parish church, a convent and church for Capuchin nuns, a well chapel and a hill chapel all constructed in the 18th century.   About 1750 the shrine got the title of collegiate, a canonry and choir service being established.   It was aggregated to Saint John Lateran in 1754.   In 1904 it was created a basilica, with the presiding ecclesiastic being called abbot.   The shrine has been renovated in Byzantine style which presents an illustration of Guadalupan history.

Holy Mother of Guadalupe, Pray for Us!our lady of guadalupe statue

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Memorials of the Saints – 12 December

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast) The First Apparition was on 12 December 1531.
All about Our Lady of Guadalupe: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/saint-of-the-day-the-feast-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-12-december/

St Abra
St Agatha of Wimborne
Bl Bartholomew Buonpedoni
St Pope Callistus II
St Colman of Clonard
St Columba of Terryglass
St Conrad of Offida
St Corentius of Quimper
St Cormac
St Cury
St Donatus the Martyr
St Edburga of Thanet
St Finnian of Clonard
St Gregory of Terracina
St Hermogenes
Bl Ida of Nivelles
Bl James of Viterbo
Bl Ludwik Bartosik
Bl Martin Sanz
St Simon Phan Ðac Hòa
St Spyridon of Cyprus
St Synesius
St Vicelin of Oldenburg

Martyrs of Alexandria – (6 saints): A group of six Christians martyred for their faith during the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than five of their names – Alexander, Ammonaria, Dionysia, Epimachus and Mercuria. They were burned to death c 250 in Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Trier – (4 saints): A group of six Christians martyred for their faith during the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than five of their names – Alexander, Ammonaria, Dionysia, Epimachus and Mercuria. They were burned to death c 250 in Alexandria, Egypt.