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Thought for the Day – 12 December – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Rome’s Response

Thought for the Day – 12 December – The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Rome’s Response

Over the years the Popes have responded with unparalleled enthusiasm to all the pious demands of the Mexican hierarchy to further the cause of their Benefactress.   In all, fifteen Pontiffs have affixed their signatures to Guadalupan decrees.   She has been canonised the Patroness of Mexico and of all Latin America.   Pope Pius XII extended her reign even further by declaring her Empress of all the Americas, North, South and Central.

We cannot pass by the Popes without mentioning the most devoted of all the Vicars of Christ to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Pope Benedict XIV.   This enigmatic Pontiff, who refused even the Catholic Queen Mary of England a Mass in honour of the then controverted devotion to the Sacred Heart (1750’s) proved incapable of applying his famed over-cautious rigourism to the Mother as he did to her Son.   Toward the Mexican Virgin his heart became soft as wax.   He did everything he could to honour her.   He gave her a Mass, a place in the Divine Office and the first of the above-mentioned titles.   And he once told Fr Lopez, the Mexican Jesuit who had introduced him to the miraculous Image, that, if his duties did not prevent him, he would make a pilgrimage to the New World shrine and approach the Holy Virgin as the other poor pilgrims did, “barefoot and on his knees”.   In 1754, when none of his predecessors in the chair of Peter had as yet officially approved the apparition, that was a courageous and beautiful thing for a Pope to say.

However, the privilege was left to Holy Father John Paul II [1981] to be the first Pope to visit Guadalupe in person.   That was in January, 1979.   Though it is true that wherever he went in his world-wide tours he drew record-breaking crowds of welcomers, nowhere did he receive the overwhelming turnout that he did in Mexico.   God alone knows where they came from or how they got there but an estimated nine million people lined this poor country’s thoroughfares to greet the Holy Father, waving their bandettas and shouting thunderously,

“Long live the Pope!  Long live Our Lady of Guadalupe! Long live Christ the King!”

(*excerpt from BR. MICHAEL, M.I.C.M.)

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 and love all peoples.
While a number of (the indigenous peoples) 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, protect us, guide us, teach us, pray for us!our lady of guadalupe pray for us no 2 - 12 dec 2017

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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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PRAYER OF POPE BENEDICT XVI to Our Lady of Loreto on his visit to the Shrine of Loreto and private prayer at the Holy House in 2012 – 10 December

PRAYER OF POPE BENEDICT XVI

VISIT TO THE SHRINE OF LORETO
AND PRIVATE PRAYER AT THE HOLY HOUSE

Mary, Mother of the “Yes”, you listened to Jesus,
and know the tone of His voice
and the beating of His heart.
Morning Star, speak to us of Him,
and tell us about your journey
of following Him on the path of faith.

Mary, who dwelt with Jesus in Nazareth,
impress on our lives your sentiments,
your docility, your attentive silence,
and make the Word flourish in genuinely free choices.

Mary, speak to us of Jesus,
so that the freshness of our faith
shines in our eyes and warms
the heart of those we meet,
as you did when visiting Elizabeth,
who in her old age rejoiced with you for the gift of life.

Mary, Virgin of the Magnificat
help us to bring joy to the world and, as at Cana,
lead every young person involved in service of others
to do only what Jesus will tell them.

Mary, look upon the Agora of youth,
so that the soil of the Italian Church will be fertile.
Pray that Jesus, dead and Risen, is reborn in us,
and transforms us into a night full of light, full of him.

Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, Gate of Heaven,
help us to lift our eyes on high.
We want to see Jesus, to speak with Him,
to proclaim His love to all.

BENEDICTUS PP. XVI
4 October 2012prayer to our lady of loreto by pope benedict - 2012 - made 10 dec 2017

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Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Loreto – 10 December – The Memorial of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Loreto – 10 December – The Memorial of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

O Immaculate Virgin Mary, we come to you with confidence:
welcome this day our humble prayer and our act of consecration.

O Mother, you did carry the Divine Saviour in your most pure womb:
receive our homage of faith and filial love as we come in spirit into your Holy House.

It is also, by the presence of the Holy Family, the holy home par excellence.
And it is our wish that every Christian family be inspired by it.
From Jesus, all children learn to obey and to work.
From you, O Mary, all women learn humility and the spirit of sacrifice.
From Joseph, who did live for Jesus and for you, all men learn to believe in God,
to live in the family and in society with fidelity and honesty.
O Mary, we pray for our Pope and for the Universal Church,
for our country and for all the nations of the world,
for the suffering souls for all sinners.
And we all wish to consecrate ourselves to you.
Spiritually present in the Holy House,
where you did conceive by the Holy Spirit,
we want to repeat with lively faith the words of the Archangel Gabriel:
“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!”
We want to invoke you still, saying:
“Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church!”

We turn to you, Mary.
Receive our consecration to your Immaculate heart.
Totally yours, we wish to confirm by this act of love our unlimited love for Jesus,
your Son, and our hope in you, our Mother.
And you, O Queen and Mother of Mercy,
grant to your children an abundance of heavenly blessings. Amenact of consecration to our lady of loreto - 10 dec 2017

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Thought for the Day – 10 December – The Memorial of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

Thought for the Day – 10 December – The Memorial of Our Lady and the Holy House of Loreto

LORETO enshrines the original home of the holiest persons who walked the earth:  the God-Man Jesus Christ, His mother Mary and the virginal father, St Joseph.   Therefore, it should not be surprising that this sanctuary should attract Saints.   There is a marble plaque in the basilica on which are carved the names of thirty-nine saints and twenty-two other holy persons who came on pilgrimage to Loreto.   In 1846, there were one hundred and sixty names.    One hundred and fifty years later that number must have easily doubled.

If one were to single out a Saint who was particularly attached to Loreto, it would seem that the pilgrim saint, Benedict Joseph Labre, would have first place.   After finding out that his vocation was to be a rather exceptional one—–literally a pilgrim beggar—–Benedict left his home in France in 1770 for Rome at age twenty-two.   On this first journey, he stopped on his way at Loreto and Assisi.   He stayed in Rome for nine months visiting all the holy places but was back in Loreto in September of the following year.   In June 1772, he was back again at Loreto.   He then extended his pilgrimages to all the famous shrines in Europe.   At the end of 1776, he settled down in Rome, leaving only to make an occasional pilgrimage to his favorite shrine, the Holy House.   He continued this each year until his death in 1783 at the age of 35.labre

The people of Loreto came to know him well.   He was that beggar who lived on the charity of others, refusing to take any more than necessary to fill his immediate needs. When compassionate friends offered him a room closer to the shrine, he turned it down when he found it contained a bed.   Surely the poverty and utter detachment of the Holy Family of Nazareth was reflected in a most outstanding way in this Saint who spent many long vigils of prayer in the Holy House.st benedict joseph labre

St Benedict Joseph Labre Pray for us!st benedict joseph labre - 10 dec 2017