December 12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 


On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, read about her appearance to St. Juan Diego.


"CelebratingMary is, first and foremost, remembering our mother, remembering that we are not and never will be an orphaned people. We have a Mother! And where there is a mother, there is always the presence and flavor of home. Where there is a mother, brothers and sisters may fight, but the sense of unity will always prevail. Where there is a mother, the struggle for fraternity will not be lacking. It has always impressed me to see, in different Latin American peoples, those struggling mothers who, often alone, manage to support their children. This is how Mary is. Mary is this way with us: we are her children: a woman who fights against the society of distrust and blindness, the society of apathy and dispersion; a woman who fights to strengthen the joy of the Gospel, who fights to give 'flesh' to the Gospel." (Pope Francis, homily on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016)


Pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe today that she may "help us never see others as burdens."


Our Lady of Guadalupe has often been called the Evangelizer of the Americas. You too can be a great evangelizer through simple actions: invite someone to a parish Christmas event or Mass, or introduce yourself to someone new this weekend at Mass.