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Reflection: "Every Life: Cherished, Chosen, Sent"
In 1531, when the indigenous peoples of Mexico were subjugated
and the practice of human sacrifice was still a recent memory, the Mother of
God appeared to St. Juan Diego as a pregnant native woman, now known as Our
Lady of Guadalupe.
sent him with miraculous flowers in his cloak to tell
the bishop to build a church where people could receive her Son and her loving,
tender care. When St. Juan Diego opened the cloak before the bishop, an image
of Our Lady was revealed that remains to this day. The chapel was quickly
built, millions embraced Christianity, and the Church increased its protection
of the indigenous peoples.
who are my messenger, in you I place my absolute trust.
– Our Lady
embracing the mission entrusted to him, St. Juan Diego helped bring Christ's
transforming love to cultures gripped by oppression and death.
we again see the dignity of human life disregarded. Unborn children are
destroyed through abortion, and ill people are encouraged and assisted to take
their own lives. How do we respond?
essence of our identity is that we are created in God's image and likeness and
loved by Him. Nothing can diminish the priceless worth of any human life. Every
person is cherished.
God creates every person
for eternal union with Himself and continually invites us to embrace a loving
relationship with Him. Every person is chosen.
We are called to be
messengers of God's love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him.
In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. Every
person is sent.
Like St. Juan Diego,
let us embrace our daily mission to help others
encounter God's transforming, life-giving love.
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