Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 12, 2019
Today, in Mercy, is a day of loving celebration.
First, we commemorate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is a Catholic title of Mary associated with an apparition and a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Catholic tradition asserts that the Virgin Mary appeared to a native Mexican peasant Saint Juan Diego, asking that a Church be built at the site.
The shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world. Over the Friday and Saturday of December 11 to 12, 2009, a record number of 6.1 million pilgrims visited the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the apparition.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is considered the Patroness of Mexico and the Continental Americas; she is also venerated by Native Americans, on the account of the devotion calling for the conversion of the Americas.
(Information from Wikipedia)
Not everyone is comfortable with the concept of religious apparitions. But whatever our personal feelings regarding them, there is no doubt that they have animated the faith of millions over the centuries. For me, their factual reality is less important than the devotion they inspire. If such devotions help us love God and our sisters and brothers, they are a source of blessing.
What images, devotions and understandings of Mary help you to exercise a more vigorous faith and generous charity?
Today is a good day to spend time with these inspirations.
The Sisters of Mercy celebrate a second blessing on this date.
On December 12, 1831, exactly 300 years after the Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin in Mexico, three women – Catherine McAuley, Mary Ann Doyle and Elizabeth Harley – took vows to become the first Sisters of Mercy, beginning a religious community dedicated to serving those who are poor, sick and uneducated.
( Information from Mercy Education System of the Americas. See their website for excellent materials on celebrating these special days.)
To view an inspiring summary of Catherine McAuley’s life, click below. (You’ll love the beautiful Irish accent)
Music: Buenos Dias, Paloma Blanca (Traditional Mexican song for Our Lady of Guadalupe) English lyrics below.
Good morning, White Dove,
today I come to greet you,
greeting your beauty
in your celestial kingdom!
You are mother of the Creator
that enchants my heart,
thanks I give you with love.
Good morning, white dove!
Beautiful girl, holy girl,
your sweet name praised,
because you are so blessed
that I come to greet you.
Resplendent like the dawn,
pure and sensitive and without stain,
what pleasure my soul receives.
Good morning, white dove!