“Hear me and understand well, my son the least, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.”
— Our Lady to Juan Diego
Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mary’s appearance to the poor Aztec, Juan Diego, marked a pivotal moment for the Church in Mexico. Prior to that time, evangelization efforts undertaken by the Franciscans were getting nowhere as pagan and vicious Aztec traditions had a firm hold of the culture. In a very short period of time after the apparition, virtually the entire country was converted to Christianity. Mary brought Jesus to that country.
It is fitting that we celebrate this feast during Advent, a time when Mary is preparing to bring us Christ once again at Christmas. He makes all the difference to us personally, but also to our country. What better way to counteract the modern paganism and viciousness of our culture than to ask Mary to bring conversion through Christ to our family, friends and country.
May her beautiful words to Juan Diego resonate in our hearts and fill us with hope and comfort in the midst of today’s anxieties! God bless and prayers.