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Thought for the Day – 12 December – The Voice of the Turtledove has been Heard in our Land

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

The Voice of the Turtledove has been Heard in our Land

Don Antonio Valeriano
Native American author, 16th century

An excerpt from a Report

At daybreak one Saturday morning in 1531, on the very first days of the month of December, an Indian named Juan Diego was going from the village where he lived to Tlatelolco in order to take part in divine worship and listen to God’s commandments. When he came near the hill called Tepeyac, dawn had already come and Juan Diego heard someone calling him from the very top of the hill: “Juanito, Juan Dieguito.”

He went up the hill and caught sight of a lady of unearthly grandeur whose clothing was as radiant as the sun.   She said to him in words both gentle and courteous:  “Juanito, the humblest of my children, know and understand that I am the ever virgin Mary, Mother of the true God through whom all things live.   It is my ardent desire that a church be erected here so that in it I can show and bestow my love, compassion, help and protection to all who inhabit this land and to those others who love me, that they might call upon and confide in me.   Go to the Bishop of Mexico to make known to him what I greatly desire.   Go and put all your efforts into this.”

When Juan Diego arrived in the presence of the Bishop, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, a Franciscan, the latter did not seem to believe Juan Diego and answered:  “Come another time, and I will listen at leisure.”

Juan Diego returned to the hilltop where the Heavenly Lady was waiting and he said to her:  “My Lady, my maiden, I presented your message to the Bishop but it seemed that he did not think it was the truth.   For this reason I beg you to entrust your message to someone more illustriou,s who might convey it, in order that they may believe it, for I am only an insignificant man.”

She answered him:  “Humblest of my sons, I ask that tomorrow you again go to see the Bishop and tell him that I, the ever virgin holy Mary, Mother of God, am the one who personally sent you.”

But on the following day, Sunday, the Bishop again did not believe Juan Diego and told him that some sign was necessary so that he could believe that it was the Heavenly Lady herself who sent him.   And then he dismissed Juan Diego.

On Monday Juan Diego did not return.   His uncle, Juan Bernardino, became very ill and at night asked Juan to go to Tlatelolco at daybreak to call a priest to hear his confession.

Juan Diego set out on Tuesda, but he went around the hill and passed on the other side, toward the east, so as to arrive quickly in Mexico City and to avoid being detained by the Heavenly Lady.   But she came out to meet him on that side of the hill and said to him: “Listen and understand, my humblest son.   There is nothing to frighten and distress you. Do not let your heart be troubled and let nothing upset you.   Is it not I, your Mother, who is here?   Are you not under my protection?   Are you not, fortunately, in my care?   Do not let your uncle’s illness distress you.   It is certain that he has already been cured.   Go up to the hilltop, my son, where you will find flowers of various kinds.   Cut them, and bring them into my presence.”let-not-your-heart-be-disturbed-our-lady-guadalupe-9-dec-2017.jpg

When Juan Diego reached the peak, he was astonished that so many Castilian roses had burst forth at a time when the frost was severe.   He carried the roses in the folds of his tilma (mantle) to the Heavenly Lady.   She said to him:   “My son, this is the proof and the sign which you will bring to the Bishop so that he will see my will in it.   You are my ambassador, very worthy of trust.”

Juan Diego set out on his way, now content and sure of succeeding.   On arriving in the Bishop’s presence, he told him:   “My Lord, I did what you asked.   The Heavenly Lady complied with your request and fulfilled it.   She sent me to the hilltop to cut some Castilian roses and told me to bring them to you in person.   And this I am doing, so that you can see in them the sign you seek in order to carry out her will.   Here they are, receive them.”

He immediately opened up his white mantle and, as all the different Castilian roses scattered to the ground, there was drawn on the cloak and suddenly appeared the precious image of the ever virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the same manner as it is today and is kept in her shrine of Tepeyac.

The whole city was stirred and came to see and admire her venerable image and to offer prayers to her and, following the command, which the same Heavenly Lady gave to Juan Bernardino when she restored him to health, they called her by the name that she herself had used:  “the ever virgin holy Mary of Guadalupe.” 

And to us too, Holy Mary of Guadalupe, we beg your gaze and ask your protection!holy mary of guadalupe pray for us 12 dec 2019.jpg

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Advent Reflection – 12 December – He is near.   He and His Mother.

Advent Reflection – 12 December – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Readings: Zec 2:14-17, Book of Judith 13:18bcde.19, Luke 1:26-38

Let us adore the Lord, the king who is to come.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.” … Luke 1:31thursday of the second week advent - 12 dec 2019.jpg

REFLECTION – ““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!” … Pope Francis, 12 December 2015

MEDITATION – “Even if the sins of souls will be as dark as night, when the sinner turns to My mercy, he gives Me the greatest praise and is the glory of my passion.   When a soul praises My goodness, Satan trembles before it and flees to the very bottom of hell.” — St Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, 378

ADVENT ACTION – How can I lead someone to the mercy of Christ and His Mother?

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ my Lord, help me to become a devoted client of Your holy Mother Mary. Through Your grace, may I receive the spiritual strength she has promised to all her clients. May I, in simplicity, like St Juan Diego, become her vessel to share Your Light of Love and Mercy, throughout my world. Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray for us! Amenour lady of guadalupe pray for us 12 dec 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 12 December – Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

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

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe
By St Pius X (1835-1914)

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 charityand 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 an 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 2019.jpg

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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/
AND:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/12/12/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 (470–549) “Tutor of the Saints of Ireland”
St Gregory of Terracina
St Hermogenes
Bl Ida of Nivelles

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.

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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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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

More here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/saint-of-the-day-the-feast-of-our-lady-of-guadalupe-12-december/

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Nine – 11 December

Ninth Day

O God, You have been pleased
to bestow upon us
unceasing favours by having placed us
under the special protection
of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
who has constantly come
to assist us throughout history
and throughout the world.
We now pray to her,
Our Lady of Guadalupe
for the protection of the unborn
and all human life.
Grant us, Your humble servants,
who rejoice in honouring our Mother,
Holy Mary, today upon the earth,
the happiness of seeing her,
face-to-face in heaven.
Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

and the Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life

Prayer for the Unborn and the Protection of all Human Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you,
who are the protectress of unborn children
and ask that you intercede for us,
so that we may more firmly resolve to join you
in protecting all human life.
Let our prayers be united
to your perpetual motherly intercession
on behalf of those whose lives are threatened,
be they in the womb of their mother,
on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.
May our prayers
also be coupled with peaceful action
which witnesses to the goodness
and dignity of all human life,
so that our firmness of purpose may give courage
to those who are fearful and bring light
to those who are blinded by sin.
O Virgin Mother of God,
present our petitions to your Son
and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.
Amenday nine - novena our lady of guadalupe 11 dec 2018

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Eight – 10 December

Eighth Day

With my heart,
full of the most sincere veneration,
I prostrate myself
before you, O Mother,
to ask you to obtain for me
the grace to fulfil the duties of my state in life
with faithfulness and constancy.
I pray especially today
for all the mothers
and the mothers-to-be
of the world.
Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be and the Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life

Prayer for the Unborn and the Protection of all Human Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you,
who are the protectress of unborn children
and ask that you intercede for us,
so that we may more firmly resolve to join you
in protecting all human life.
Let our prayers be united
to your perpetual motherly intercession
on behalf of those whose lives are threatened,
be they in the womb of their mother,
on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.
May our prayers
also be coupled with peaceful action
which witnesses to the goodness
and dignity of all human life,
so that our firmness of purpose may give courage
to those who are fearful and bring light
to those who are blinded by sin.
O Virgin Mother of God,
present our petitions to your Son
and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.
AmenDAY EIGHT NOVENA OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE 10DEC2018.jpg

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Five – 7 December

Fifth Day

O most holy Mother,
I beg you to obtain for me
pardon of all my sins,
abundant graces
to serve your Son
more faithfully from now on
and lastly,
the grace to praise Him
with you forever in heaven.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

and the Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life

Prayer for the Unborn and the Protection of all Human Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you,
who are the protectress of unborn children
and ask that you intercede for us,
so that we may more firmly resolve to join you
in protecting all human life.
Let our prayers be united
to your perpetual motherly intercession
on behalf of those whose lives are threatened,
be they in the womb of their mother,
on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.
May our prayers
also be coupled with peaceful action
which witnesses to the goodness
and dignity of all human life,
so that our firmness of purpose may give courage
to those who are fearful and bring light
to those who are blinded by sin.
O Virgin Mother of God,
present our petitions to your Son
and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.
Amenour lady of guadalupe pray for us - 12 dec 2017

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Four – 6 December

Again, all I can do is pray and beg of you all, your prayers too. My country is in chaos, power is being ‘loadshedded’ on and off all day across the land. Damage control is all we can do. Much trauma to many systems and appliances. The software I use to make my pics has also corrupted along with some other software. I know others who have lost their telephone connections due to corrupted and burnt out telephone cables, etc etc. Sorry!

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Four – 6 December

Fourth Day

Dearest Mother of Guadalupe,
I beg you for a fortified will to imitate
your divine Son’s charity,
to always seek the good of others in need.
Grant me this,
I humbly ask of you.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

and the Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life

Prayer for the Unborn and the Protection of all Human Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you,
who are the protectress of unborn children
and ask that you intercede for us,
so that we may more firmly resolve to join you
in protecting all human life.
Let our prayers be united
to your perpetual motherly intercession
on behalf of those whose lives are threatened,
be they in the womb of their mother,
on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.
May our prayers
also be coupled with peaceful action
which witnesses to the goodness
and dignity of all human life,
so that our firmness of purpose may give courage
to those who are fearful and bring light
to those who are blinded by sin.
O Virgin Mother of God,
present our petitions to your Son
and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.
AmenManuel de Arellano, Virgin of Guadalupe, 1691, oil on canvas

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Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life – Day Two – 4 December

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for the Protection of the Unborn and all Human Life, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Madonna of the Americas, Patroness of the Unborn – Day Two – 4 December

Second Day

O Mary, conceived without sin,
I come to your throne of grace
to share the fervent devotion
of your faithful Mexican children
who call to you under the
glorious title of Guadalupe.
Obtain for me a lively faith
to do your Son’s holy will always.
May His will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be

and the Prayer for the Protection of all Human Life

Prayer for the Unborn and the Protection of all Human Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe,
we turn to you,
who are the protectress of unborn children
and ask that you intercede for us,
so that we may more firmly resolve to join you
in protecting all human life.
Let our prayers be united
to your perpetual motherly intercession
on behalf of those whose lives are threatened,
be they in the womb of their mother,
on the bed of infirmity,
or in the latter years of their life.
May our prayers
also be coupled with peaceful action
which witnesses to the goodness
and dignity of all human life,
so that our firmness of purpose may give courage
to those who are fearful and bring light
to those who are blinded by sin.
O Virgin Mother of God,
present our petitions to your Son
and ask Him to bless us with abundant life.
AmenDAY TWO - NOVENA OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE FOR THE UNBORN HUMAN LIFE 4dec2018.jpg

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Quote of the Day – 12 December – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Quote of the Day – 12 December – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

“When she appeared to St Juan Diego,
her face was that of a mestiza (mixed race) woman
and her clothes were full of symbols
of the indigenous culture.
Following the example of Jesus,
Mary is close to her children.
She accompanies them on their way,
as a solicitous mother and shares
the joys and hopes, sufferings and anxieties
of the people of God, who are called to form part
of all the peoples of the earth….
The appearance of the image of the Virgin
on the tilma of Juan Diego was a prophetic sign
of an embrace, Mary’s embrace….”

Pope Francis – 2014when she appeared to st juan diego - pope francis - 12 dec 2017

 

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One Minute Reflection – 12 December – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

One Minute Reflection – 12 December – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Who is this that comes like the dawn ….. as awe-inspiring as bannered troops?…..Song 6:10SONG 6 10.-recoloured 12 dec 2017

REFLECTION – “Mary is an arsenal of graces and she comes to the aid of her clients.   She sustains, strengthens and revives us by the heavenly favours that she heaps on us.”…..St Paulinus of York (died 644)mary is an arsenal of graces - st paulinus - 12 dec 2017

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ my Lord, help me to become a devoted client of Your holy Mother Mary.   Through Your grace, may I receive the spiritual strength she has promised to all her clients.  May I, in simplicity, like St Juan Diego, become her vessel to share Your Light of Love throughout my world.   Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray for us! Amenour lady of guadalupe pray for us - 12 dec 2017

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

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

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 you
in their necessities,
and since you are the ever Virgin Mary
and Mother of the true God,
obtain for us,
from your most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst
of the bitterness of life
of burning charity
and the precious gift
of final perseverance.
Amen.prayer to our lady of guadalupe - 12 dec 2017

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Saint of the Day – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – 12 December

Saint of the Day – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe – 12 December – Our Mother of Guadalupe, The Madonna of Tepeyac, Tonantzin – The First Apparition was on 12 December 1531 and was approved by the Holy See on 12 October 1895, during the Canonical coronation granted by Pope Leo XIII – Patronages:  of Americas; New World, Central America, Mexico, New Mexico, Pojoaque Indian Pueblo, 12 dioceses, 3 cities.guadalupe - HEADER

Guadalupe is, strictly speaking, the name of a picture but the name was extended to the church containing the picture and to the town that grew up around the church.   It makes the shrine, it occasions the devotion, it illustrates Our Lady.   It is taken as representing the Immaculate Conception, being the lone figure of a woman with the sun, moon and star accompaniments of the great apocalyptic sign with a supporting angel under the crescent.   The word is Spanish Arabic but in Mexico it may represent certain Aztec sounds.

Its tradition is long-standing and constant and in sources both oral and written, Indian and Spanish, the account is unwavering.   The Blessed Virgin appeared on Saturday 9 December 1531 to a 55 year old neophyte named Juan Diego, who was hurrying down Tepeyac hill to hear Mass in Mexico City.   She sent him to Bishop Zumárraga to have a temple built where she stood.   She was at the same place that evening and Sunday evening to get the bishop’s answer.   The bishop did not immediately believe the messenger, had him cross-examined and watched and he finally told him to ask the lady who said she was the mother of the true God for a sign.   The neophyte agreed readily to ask for sign desired and the bishop released him.OurLadyofGuadalupe_St.PeterVolo-copy-1024x790

Juan was occupied all Monday with Bernardino, an uncle, who was dying of fever. Indian medicine had failed and Bernardino seemed at death’s door.  At daybreak on Tuesday 12 December 1531, Juan ran to nearby the Saint James convent for a priest.   To avoid the apparition and the untimely message to the bishop, he slipped round where the well chapel now stands.   But the Blessed Virgin crossed down to meet him and said, “What road is this thou takest son?”   A tender dialogue ensued.   She reassured Juan about his uncle, to whom she also briefly appeared and instantly cured.   Calling herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe she told Juan to return to the bishop.   He asked Mary for the sign he required.   She told him to go to the rocks and gather roses.   Juan knew it was neither the time nor the place for roses but he went and found them.   Gathering many into the lap of his tilma, a long cloak or wrapper used by Mexican Indians, he came back. The Holy Mother rearranged the roses and told him to keep them untouched and unseen until he reached the bishop.   When he met with Zumárraga, Juan offered the sign to the bishop.   As he unfolded his cloak the roses, fresh and wet with dew, fell out.   Juan was startled to see the bishop and his attendants kneeling before him.   The life size figure of the Virgin Mother, just as Juan had described her, was glowing on the tilma.   The picture was venerated, guarded in the bishop’s chapel and soon after carried in procession to the preliminary shrine.Our lady heals Juan Bernardinoguadalupe and the roses

The coarsely woven material of the tilma which bears the picture is as thin and open as poor sacking.   It is made of vegetable fibre, probably maguey.   It consists of two strips, about seventy inches long by eighteen wide, held together by weak stitching.   The seam is visible up the middle of the figure, turning aside from the face.   Painters have not understood the laying on of the colours.   They have deposed that the “canvas” was not only unfit but unprepared and they have marvelled at apparent oil, water, tempera, etc. colouring in the same figure.   They are left in equal admiration by the flower-like tints and the abundant gold.   They and other artists find the proportions perfect for a maiden of fifteen.   The figure and the attitude are of one advancing.   There is flight and rest in the eager supporting angel.   The chief colours are deep gold in the rays and stars, blue-green in the mantle and rose in the flowered tunic.guadalupe ino

Sworn evidence was given at various commissions of inquiry corroborating the traditional account of the miraculous origin and influence of the picture.   Some wills connected with Juan Diego and his contemporaries were accepted as documentary evidence.   Vouchers were given for the existence of Bishop Zumárraga’s letter to his Franciscan brothers in Spain concerning the apparitions.   His successor, Montufar, instituted a canonical inquiry, in 1556, on a sermon in which the pastors and people were abused for crowding to the new shrine.   In 1568 the renowned historian Bernal Díaz, a companion of Cortez, refers incidentally to Guadalupe and its daily miracles.   The lay viceroy, Enríquez, while not opposing the devotion, wrote in 1575 to Philip II asking him to prevent the third archbishop from erecting a parish or monastery at the shrine. Inaugural pilgrimages were usually made to it by viceroys and other chief magistrates. Processes, national and ecclesiastical, were laboriously formulated and attested for presentation at Rome, Italy in 1663, 1666, 1723, and 1750.

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.

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An 18th-century hagiographicpainting of God the Father fashioning the image.
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Allegory of the papal declaration in 1754 by pope Benedict XIV of Our Lady of Guadalupe patronage over the New Spain in the presence of the viceroyal authorities. Anonymous (Mexican) author, 18th century.

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 magnificent shrine was erected and in 1709 a newer, even more beautiful 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.450px-our_lady_of_guadalupe

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The revolutionary banner carried by Miguel Hidalgo and his insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence.

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St Juan Diego’s Tilma – 9 December

St Juan Diego’s Tilma – 9 December

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been the subject of numerous technical studies since 1751 and extensive scientific investigations in recent years, and none of the result offered any sound scientific explanation which, up to this very day, defies science and all human reasoning as it continuous to baffle scientists and even skeptics.

Below are only some of the findings that were drawn from the scientific investigations conducted on the image and the fabric itself which were commissioned by the authorized custodians of the Tilma in the Basilica, and in every case the investigators had direct and unobstructed access to it:

Read all about it here –  http://infallible-catholic.blogspot.co.za/2012/04/miraculous-image-of-our-lady-of.html

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Saint of the Day – 9 December – St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548)

Saint of the Day – 9 December – St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548)  – Layman – Marian Visionary.   St Juan was born in 1474 in Tlayacac, Cuauhtitlan (about 15 miles north of modern Mexico City, Mexico) as Cuauhtlatoatzin and he died on 30 May 1548 of natural causes.   He was Beatified on 9 April 1990 by St Pope John Paul II at Vatican City and Canonised on  31 July 2002 – recognition celebrated at the basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico by St Pope John Paul II.   Patronage – Indigenous people.header - st juan diegoJohn-Paul-II-Pope-Canonization-of-Juan-Diego (1)

Little is known about the life of Juan Diego before his conversion but tradition and archaelogical and iconographical sources, along with the most important and oldest indigenous document on the event of Guadalupe, “El Nican Mopohua” (written in Náhuatl with Latin characters, 1556, by the Indigenous writer Antonio Valeriano), give some information on the life of the saint and the apparitions.

Juan Diego was born in 1474 with the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin” (“the talking eagle”) in Cuautlitlán, today part of Mexico City, Mexico.   He was a gifted member of the Chichimeca people, one of the more culturally advanced groups living in the Anáhuac Valley.

When he was 50 years old he was baptised by a Franciscan priest, Fr Peter da Gand, one of the first Franciscan missionaries.   On 9 December 1531, when Juan Diego was on his way to morning Mass, the Blessed Mother appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, the outskirts of what is now Mexico City.   She asked him to go to the Bishop and to request in her name that a shrine be built at Tepeyac, where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her.   The Bishop, who did not believe Juan Diego, asked for a sign to prove that the apparition was true.   On 12 December, Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac. Here, the Blessed Mother told him to climb the hill and to pick the flowers that he would find in bloom.   He obeyed and although it was winter time, he found roses flowering.   He gathered the flowers and took them to Our Lady who carefully placed them in his mantle and told him to take them to the Bishop as “proof”.   When he opened his mantle, the flowers fell on the ground and there remained impressed, in place of the flowers, an image of the Blessed Mother, the apparition at Tepeyac.juan-diego70st-juan-diego-2-jose-rodriguez

With the Bishop’s permission, Juan Diego lived the rest of his life as a hermit in a small hut near the chapel where the miraculous image was placed for veneration.   Here he cared for the church and the first pilgrims who came to pray to the Mother of Jesus.

Much deeper than the “exterior grace” of having been “chosen” as Our Lady’s “messenger”, Juan Diego received the grace of interior enlightenment and from that moment, he began a life dedicated to prayer and the practice of virtue and boundless love of God and neighbour.   He remained poor, simple, humble and devoted to the Eucharist.   He spent the next 17 years traveling throughout central Mexico, bringing others to the faith and delivering Guadalupe’s message that Mary loves us and wants to help us.  He died in 1548 and was buried in the first chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe.   He was beatified on 6 May 1990 by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of Santa Maria di Guadalupe, Mexico City.

The miraculous image, which is preserved in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows a woman with native features and dress.   She is supported by an angel whose wings are reminiscent of one of the major gods of the traditional religion of that area. The moon is beneath her feet and her blue mantle is covered with gold stars.   The black girdle about her waist signifies that she is pregnant.   Thus, the image graphically depicts the fact that Christ is to be “born” again among the peoples of the New World and is a message as relevant to the “New World” today as it was during the lifetime of Juan Diego.

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Thought for the Day – 12 December

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 Native Americans. 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.

Mary’s visit to Guadalupe is a reminder that God will remember his 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.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 12 December

One Minute Reflection – 12 December

Who is this that comes like the dawn ….. as awe-inspiring as bannered troops?…..Song 6:10

REFLECTION – Mary is an arsenal of graces and she comes to the aid of her clients.  She sustains, strengthens and revives us by the heavenly favours that she heaps on us…..St Paulinus

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ my Lord, help me to become a devoted client of Your holy Mother Mary.  Through Your grace, may I receive the spiritual strength she has promised to all her clients. May I, in simplicity, like St Juan Diego, become her vessel to share Your Light of Love throughout my world.   Our Lady of Gaudulupe Pray for us! Amen

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Saint of the Day – 12 December

Saint of the Day – 12 December – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Our Mother of Guadalupe,
The Madonna of Tepeyac, Tonantzin – First Apparition on 12 December 1531- Approved by the Holy See 12 October 1895, during the Canonical coronation granted by Pope Leo XIII – Patron of Americas; New World, Central America, Mexico, New Mexico, Pojoaque Indian Pueblo, 12 dioceses, 3 cities

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xe4Ozm0oENk

The original tilma of Saint Juan Diego, which hangs above the high altar of the Guadalupe Basilica. The suspended crown atop the image dates back to its Canonical Coronation on October 12, 1895. The image is protected by bulletproof glass and low-oxygen atmosphere.

Guadalupe is, strictly speaking, the name of a picture but the name was extended to the church containing the picture and to the town that grew up around the church. It makes the shrine, it occasions the devotion, it illustrates Our Lady. It is taken as representing the Immaculate Conception, being the lone figure of a woman with the sun, moon and star accompaniments of the great apocalyptic sign with a supporting angel under the crescent. The word is Spanish Arabic but in Mexico it may represent certain Aztec sounds.

Its tradition is long-standing and constant and in sources both oral and written, Indian and Spanish, the account is unwavering. The Blessed Virgin appeared on Saturday 9 December 1531 to a 55 year old neophyte named Juan Diego, who was hurrying down Tepeyac hill to hear Mass in Mexico City. She sent him to Bishop Zumárraga to have a temple built where she stood. She was at the same place that evening and Sunday evening to get the bishop’s answer. The bishop did not immediately believed the messenger, had him cross-examined and watched and he finally told him to ask the lady who said she was the mother of the true God for a sign. The neophyte agreed readily to ask for sign desired, and the bishop released him.

Juan was occupied all Monday with Bernardino, an uncle, who was dying of fever. Indian medicine had failed and Bernardino seemed at death’s door. At daybreak on Tuesday 12 December 1531, Juan ran to nearby the Saint James convent for a priest. To avoid the apparition and the untimely message to the bishop, he slipped round where the well chapel now stands. But the Blessed Virgin crossed down to meet him and said, “What road is this thou takest son?” A tender dialogue ensued. She reassured Juan about his uncle, to whom she also briefly appeared and instantly cured. Calling herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe she told Juan to return to the bishop. He asked Mary for the sign he required. She told him to go to the rocks and gather roses. Juan knew it was neither the time nor the place for roses, but he went and found them. Gathering many into the lap of his tilma, a long cloak or wrapper used by Mexican Indians, he came back. The Holy Mother rearranged the roses and told him to keep them untouched and unseen until he reached the bishop. When he met with Zumárraga, Juan offered the sign to the bishop. As he unfolded his cloak the roses, fresh and wet with dew, fell out. Juan was startled to see the bishop and his attendants kneeling before him. The life size figure of the Virgin Mother, just as Juan had described her, was glowing on the tilma. The picture was venerated, guarded in the bishop’s chapel and soon after carried in procession to the preliminary shrine.

The coarsely woven material of the tilma which bears the picture is as thin and open as poor sacking. It is made of vegetable fibre, probably maguey. It consists of two strips, about seventy inches long by eighteen wide, held together by weak stitching. The seam is visible up the middle of the figure, turning aside from the face. Painters have not understood the laying on of the colours. They have deposed that the “canvas” was not only unfit but unprepared and they have marvelled at apparent oil, water, tempera, etc. colouring in the same figure. They are left in equal admiration by the flower-like tints and the abundant gold. They and other artists find the proportions perfect for a maiden of fifteen. The figure and the attitude are of one advancing. There is flight and rest in the eager supporting angel. The chief colours are deep gold in the rays and stars, blue-green in the mantle, and rose in the flowered tunic.

Sworn evidence was given at various commissions of inquiry corroborating the traditional account of the miraculous origin and influence of the picture. Some wills connected with Juan Diego and his contemporaries were accepted as documentary evidence. Vouchers were given for the existence of Bishop Zumárraga’s letter to his Franciscan brothers in Spain concerning the apparitions. His successor, Montufar, instituted a canonical inquiry, in 1556, on a sermon in which the pastors and people were abused for crowding to the new shrine. In 1568 the renowned historian Bernal Díaz, a companion of Cortez, refers incidentally to Guadalupe and its daily miracles. The lay viceroy, Enríquez, while not opposing the devotion, wrote in 1575 to Philip II asking him to prevent the third archbishop from erecting a parish or monastery at the shrine. Inaugural pilgrimages were usually made to it by viceroys and other chief magistrates. Processes, national and ecclesiastical, were laboriously formulated and attested for presentation at Rome, Italy in 1663, 1666, 1723, and 1750.

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.

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.

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An 18th-century hagiographicpainting of God the Father fashioning the image.

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Virgin of Guadalupe, 1 September 1824. Oil on canvas by Isidro Escamilla. Brooklyn Museum

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The revolutionary banner carried by Miguel Hidalgo and his insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence.

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Allegory of the papal declaration in 1754 by pope Benedict XIV of Our Lady of Guadalupe patronage over the New Spain in the presence of the viceroyal authorities. Anonymous (Mexican) author, 18th century.

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St Juan Diego’s Tilma – 9 December

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe has been the subject of numerous technical studies since 1751 and extensive scientific investigations in recent years, and none of the result offered any sound scientific explanation which, up to this very day, defies science and all human reasoning as it continuous to baffle scientists and even skeptics.

Below are only some of the findings that were drawn from the scientific investigations conducted on the image and the fabric itself which were commissioned by the authorized custodians of the Tilma in the Basilica, and in every case the investigators had direct and unobstructed access to it:

Read all about it here –  http://infallible-catholic.blogspot.co.za/2012/04/miraculous-image-of-our-lady-of.html

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