“He went to the top of the hill, and he saw a lady who was standing and who was calling him to come closer to her side. When he arrived in her presence, he marveled at her perfect beauty. Her clothing appeared like the sun, and it gave forth rays. And the rock and the cliffs where she was standing, upon receiving the rays like arrows of light, appeared like precious emerald, appeared like jewels; the earth glowed with the splendors of the rainbow. The mesquites, the cacti, and the weeds that were all around appeared like feathers of the quetzal, and the stems looked like turquoise; the branches, the foliage, and even the thorns sparkled like gold.”
“He bowed to her, heard her thought and word....She said, ‘Know and be certain in your heart, my most abandoned son, that I am the ever-Virgin, Holy Mary, Mother of the God of Truth, Téotl, of the One through Whom We Live, the Creator of Persons, the Owner of What Is Near and Together, of the Lord of Heaven and Earth. I very much want and ardently desire that my hermitage be erected in this place. In it, I will show and give to all people all my love, my compassion, my help, and my protection because I am your merciful mother and the mother of all nations that live on this earth who would love me, who would speak with me, who would search for me, and who would place their confidence in me. There I will hear their laments and remedy and cure all their miseries, misfortunes, and sorrows....’”
>From Guadalupe: Mother of the New Creation by Father Virgil Elizondo; photo by Cheri Lomonte
Mary, today we celebrate your feast as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We do love you, Holy and Merciful Mother,
and we thank you for your intercessions for us!