Monday, December 12, 2011

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Original Image in Mexico, Photo by Bill Bell
There is so much to say about today's feast. But three things stand out to me:

1. Jesus came for all people and so His Mother has appeared all over the world.

2. In the darkest days when many were leaving the church during the Protestant revolt in Europe, many more were coming into the Church in Mexico.The word "Catholic" means Universal and so we are.

3. The Virgin appearing pregnant. It is beautiful to have this feast in December, when our hearts turn to Our Lady, heavy in pregnancy. Awaiting the birth of her son. As a mother of 6, I love to think of Mary living our her vocation as wife and mother, through all things but sin. She gives me moral support knowing that she was not exempt from hardship or the "reality" of pregnancy and family life.

To honor this feast, serve Tacos and Burritos for dinner tonight. Pray the family rosary. Get or create your own picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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