Monday, December 8, 2014


 O Mary Conceived Without Sin, Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee

Saint Juan Diego with the Tilma de La Virgen de Guadalupe

Today is a church celebration of Mary, mother of Jesus, born without sin.  Then Friday we remember she appeared to the poor Juan Diego five hundred years ago on a hill near Mexico City, as a sign of her love for indigenous peoples everywhere.   The quiet courageous mother of our savior gives us hope for the end of injustice everywhere.   Awaiting the birth of her baby Jesus she says, “God has done great things for me….His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. … He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.” {Lk 1:46-55, the Magnificat}

Here is a prayer card written by Fr. E.C. McCarthy invoking the nonviolent merciful love of Mary, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and her son Jesus, God incarnate.   My wife and I said it often with our children at bedtime when they were growing up.


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