Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mother of Compassion

juan-diego-r“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?”

Our Lady to Juan Diego, December 12, 1531

John Paul II first visited Mexico and hailed our Lady of Guadalupe in 1979 — he said “The Pope—who comes from a country in which your images, especially one, that of Jasna Gora, are also a sign of your presence in the nation’s life and its hazardous history—is particularly sensitive to this sign of your presence here, in the life of the People of God in Mexico, in its history, a history which has also been not easy, and at times even dramatic.” John Paul II had a keen sense of the role of the vertical dimension in the history of nations. The presence of the divine and the role of providence is denied or simply neglected. But those countries that have suffered much realize the importance of the hope brought by faith and the patient wait for God. The first Archbishop of the United States, John Carroll, Baltimore, eulogized George Washington for his awareness of and faith in divine providence. He said “The language uniformly held by Washington, the maxim invariably inculcated and repeated by him in almost every public manifestation of his sentiments, was the acknowledgement of a superintending provi­dence, preparing, regulating and governing, all human events for the accomplishment of its eternal purposes, and predisposing the instruments, by which they are to be effected. Religion and observation had taught him, that God’s provident wisdom reacheth from end to end mightily, and disposeth all things sweetly. Wis. ch. 8. He contemplated with Christian piety, and the philosophy of a Sage, the most remarkable revo­lutions and occurrencies of former, as well as his own times ; and learned therefrom to refer every human event to the moral government of a supreme intel­ligent Being. This became the polar star, by which he was guided in his progress through life.”

On this feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe we should recall the role of providence in the life of nations and to thank God for this great sign of favor given to the Americas less than 40 years after the arrival of Columbus. Mary is a sign of peace and a sign of brotherhood among all the faithful in Mexico and the United States, and should serve as a sign of compassion for the honest and hard working immigrants, those with papers and those without, who live and work among us in the United States. “I am a merciful Mother to you and to all your fellows peoples on this earth who love me and trust me and invoke my help.”

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