Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Patroness of the Americas.
O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children.
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I’ve​ ​never​ ​been​ ​good​ ​at​ ​waiting.​ ​​ ​Literally​ ​never,​ ​as​ ​evidenced​ ​by​ ​the​ ​circumstances​ ​of​ ​my​ ​birth. Because​ ​my​ ​mother​ ​had​ ​experienced​ ​lightning​ ​fast​ ​deliveries​ ​of​ ​my​ ​older​ ​brother​ ​and​ ​sister,​ ​she was​ ​admitted​ ​to​ ​the​ ​hospital​ ​the​ ​day​ ​before​ ​my​ ​due​ ​date,​ ​December​ ​8th.​ ​​ ​The​ ​nuns​ ​who​ ​cared for​ ​her​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Catholic​ ​hospital​ ​were​ ​very​ ​excited​ ​that​ ​I​ ​would​ ​be​ ​born​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Solemnity​ ​of​ ​the Immaculate​ ​Conception.​ ​​ ​Except​ ​I​ ​had​ ​other​ ​ideas.​ ​​ ​Mom​ ​went​ ​into​ ​labor​ ​on​ ​the​ ​7th,​ ​causing​ ​the sisters​ ​to​ ​fret:​ ​“You​ ​can’t​ ​have​ ​the​ ​baby​ ​today!​ ​​ ​Tell​ ​the​ ​baby​ ​to​ ​wait!”​ ​​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​being​ ​born​ ​on a​ ​glorious​ ​holy​ ​day,​ ​I​ ​was​ ​born​ ​on​ ​Pearl​ ​Harbor​ ​Day.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Day​ ​that​ ​Lives​ ​in​ ​Infamy.

Advent​ ​is​ ​a​ ​season​ ​of​ ​waiting,​ ​and​ ​of​ ​watchfulness.​ ​​ ​Neither​ ​of​ ​these​ ​come​ ​naturally​ ​to​ ​me.​ ​​ ​A look​ ​at​ ​Advent​ ​saints​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​some​ ​inspiration.

Mother​ ​Mary​,​ ​the​ ​Patroness​ ​of​ ​Advent,​ ​knows​ ​how​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​and​ ​to​ ​watch.​ ​​ ​She​ ​spend​ ​her​ ​life​ ​on earth​ ​with​ ​a​ ​watchful​ ​eye​ ​on​ ​Jesus.​ ​​ ​She​ ​pondered.​ ​​ ​She​ ​guarded.​ ​​ ​She​ ​paid​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​the promptings​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Holy​ ​Spirit​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​those​ ​around​ ​her.​ ​​ ​Upon​ ​conceiving​ ​Jesus,​ ​she went​ ​​in​ ​haste​​ ​to​ ​assist​ ​Elizabeth.​ ​​ ​She​ ​didn’t​ ​wait​ ​until​ ​His​ ​birth​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​Jesus​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need.

Elizabeth​​ ​waited.​ ​​ ​She​ ​waited​ ​for​ ​quite​ ​a​ ​long​ ​time​ ​for​ ​God​ ​to​ ​see​ ​fit​ ​to​ ​grant​ ​her​ ​petition​ ​for​ ​a child.​ ​​ ​She​ ​was​ ​well​ ​past​ ​childbearing​ ​age,​ ​and​ ​had​ ​lived​ ​under​ ​the​ ​reproach​ ​of​ ​childlessness​ ​for many​ ​years.​ ​​ ​When​ ​conception​ ​seemed​ ​impossible,​ ​the​ ​Angel​ ​Gabriel​ ​came​ ​to​ ​announce​ ​that she​ ​would​ ​become​ ​a​ ​mother.​ ​Motherhood​ ​at​ ​an​ ​age​ ​when​ ​most​ ​women​ ​are​ ​grandmothers,​ ​or even​ ​great​ ​grandmothers.​ ​​ ​She​ ​received​ ​with​ ​joy​ ​the​ ​news​ ​that​ ​would​ ​cause​ ​alarm​ ​in​ ​any​ ​elderly woman.

Zechariah​​ ​waited.​ ​​ ​He​ ​too​ ​felt​ ​the​ ​reproach​ ​that​ ​accompanied​ ​a​ ​childless​ ​couple.​ ​​ ​When​ ​the Angel​ ​Gabriel​ ​announced​ ​that​ ​his​ ​elderly​ ​wife​ ​would​ ​conceive,​ ​he​ ​doubted​ ​the​ ​prediction. Understandably.​ ​​ ​So​ ​he​ ​was​ ​struck​ ​mute​ ​until​ ​his​ ​son’s​ ​birth,​ ​when​ ​he​ ​named​ ​the​ ​child​ ​John​ ​as per​ ​the​ ​angel’s​ ​orders.​ ​​ ​That​ ​would​ ​have​ ​been​ ​a​ ​long,​ ​silent​ ​nine​ ​month​ ​wait.

Joseph​​ ​waited.​ ​​ ​Rather​ ​than​ ​divorcing​ ​Mary​ ​as​ ​he​ ​was​ ​first​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do,​ ​he​ ​waited​ ​for​ ​God’s word.​ ​​ ​It​ ​came​ ​to​ ​him​ ​in​ ​a​ ​dream​ ​that​ ​he​ ​was​ ​to​ ​receive​ ​Mary​ ​into​ ​his​ ​home​ ​and​ ​raise​ ​Jesus​ ​as his​ ​son.​ ​​ ​His​ ​was​ ​a​ ​watchful,​ ​attentive​ ​waiting.

As​ ​we​ ​travel​ ​through​ ​the​ ​Advent​ ​season,​ ​we​ ​are​ ​called​ ​to​ ​watch​ ​and​ ​wait.​ ​​ ​We​ ​are​ ​to​ ​ignore​ ​the distractions​ ​of​ ​the​ ​holiday​ ​mania​ ​and​ ​be​ ​attentive​ ​to​ ​the​ ​spiritual.​ ​​ ​Advent​ ​is​ ​about​ ​the​ ​future, while​ ​we​ ​prepare​ ​for​ ​Jesus’​ ​coming​ ​in​ ​our​ ​present​ ​lives.​ ​​ ​We​ ​must​ ​pay​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​His​ ​daily promptings​ ​and​ ​to​ ​the​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​others.

Everyday Examples

26​ ​Days​ ​of​ ​Advent​ ​Inspirations

Advent​ ​for​ ​an​ ​Autistic​ ​Child

“Surprise!​ ​I’m​ ​Pregnant!”

Legacy​ ​of​ ​Life,​ ​paying​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​women​ ​in​ ​need

Kid's Corner

December​ ​must​ ​be​ ​the​ ​longest​ ​month​ ​ever.​ ​​ ​It’s​ ​so​ ​hard​ ​to​ ​wait​ ​when​ ​you​ ​know​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be presents​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end.​ ​​ ​But​ ​you​ ​can​ ​still​ ​have​ ​some​ ​fun​ ​while​ ​you​ ​wait​ ​by​ ​making​ ​Jesus​ ​a comfortable​ ​bed​ ​for​ ​Christmas​ ​day.​ ​​ ​Jesus​ ​was​ ​born​ ​in​ ​a​ ​shed,​ ​you​ ​know,​ ​because​ ​no​ ​one​ ​had room​ ​for​ ​Him.​ ​​ ​His​ ​first​ ​mattress​ ​was​ ​straw.​ ​​ ​Advent​ ​is​ ​a​ ​time​ ​to​ ​get​ ​ready​ ​for​ ​Jesus,​ ​to​ ​spiritually prepare​ ​for​ ​His​ ​coming.​ ​​ ​When​ ​we​ ​do​ ​something​ ​kind​ ​for​ ​someone,​ ​or​ ​give​ ​something​ ​up,​ ​we open​ ​our​ ​hearts​ ​to​ ​make​ ​room​ ​for​ ​Him.​ ​​ ​You​ ​can​ ​make​ ​room​ ​for​ ​Him​ ​by​ ​doing​ ​some​ ​small​ ​act​ ​of kindness,​ ​then​ ​putting​ ​a​ ​piece​ ​of​ ​straw​ ​in​ ​his​ ​manger.​ ​​ ​Day​ ​by​ ​day,​ ​the​ ​pieces​ ​of​ ​straw​ ​will accumulate​ ​as​ ​you​ ​do​ ​more​ ​good​ ​deeds.​ ​​ ​Then​ ​on​ ​Christmas​ ​morning,​ ​when​ ​you​ ​put​ ​the​ ​baby in​ ​the​ ​manger,​ ​he’ll​ ​have​ ​a​ ​comfy​ ​bed.

Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The​ ​image​ ​of​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe​ ​imprinted​ ​on​ ​Juan​ ​Diego’s​ ​tilma​ ​is​ ​that​ ​of​ ​a​ ​young pregnant​ ​woman,​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​rays​ ​of​ ​sunlight.​ ​​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Patroness of​ ​the​ ​Unborn.​ ​​ ​Just​ ​as​ ​she​ ​stopped​ ​Aztec​ ​child​ ​sacrifice,​ ​she​ ​will​ ​stop​ ​the​ ​modern​ ​day​ ​child sacrifice​ ​of​ ​abortion.

When​ ​Pope​ ​Saint​ ​John​ ​Paul​ ​II​ ​visited​ ​Mexico,​ ​he​ ​entrusted​ ​the​ ​Americas​ ​to​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​of Guadalupe.​ ​​ ​Concelebrating​ ​Mass​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Basilica​ ​of​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe,​ ​he​ ​prayed: “May​ ​the​ ​Continent​ ​of​ ​Hope​ ​also​ ​be​ ​the​ ​Continent​ ​of​ ​Life!​ ​​ ​This​ ​is​ ​our​ ​cry:​ ​​ ​life​ ​with​ ​dignity for​ ​all!​ ​​ ​The​ ​time​ ​has​ ​come​ ​to​ ​banish​ ​once​ ​and​ ​for​ ​all​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Continent​ ​every​ ​attack against​ ​life.​ ​​ ​Holy​ ​Virgin​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe,​ ​Queen​ ​of​ ​Peace,​ ​save​ ​the​ ​nations​ ​and​ ​peoples​ ​of this​ ​continent!”​ ​​

Although​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​devotional​ ​copies​ ​of​ ​the​ ​original​ ​tilma,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​only​ ​eight​ ​Missionary Images​ ​of​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe.​ ​​ ​They​ ​have​ ​a​ ​special​ ​title,​ ​mission​ ​and​ ​certification.​ ​​ ​Four​ ​of these​ ​images,​ ​photographic​ ​replicas​ ​of​ ​the​ ​original,​ ​were​ ​commissioned​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Basilica​ ​Shrine of​ ​Our​ ​Lady​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe​ ​in​ ​Mexico​ ​City.​ ​​ ​Then​ ​on​ ​March​ ​12,​ ​2001,​ ​Msgr.​ ​Diego​ ​Monroy Ponce,​ ​Vicar​ ​General​ ​and​ ​Bishop​ ​of​ ​Guadalupe​ ​and​ ​Rector​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Sanctuary,​ ​blessed​ ​four​ ​new digital​ ​Missionary​ ​Images.​ ​​ ​These​ ​eight​ ​images​ ​travel​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​world​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​conversions and​ ​to​ ​promote​ ​the​ ​Culture​ ​of​ ​Life.



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