Last Saturday we visited one of my most favorite churches of all time. And, oh, what a wonderful reunion after a six-year absence.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Known simply as Guadalupe, the church has been part of my life since birth and to this day appears pretty much as it always has despite changes to the altar since Vatican II, the installation of the outer windows to protect the original stained-glass treasures from breakage, the musicians occupying the front left alcove area instead of the choir loft, and remodeling and painting over the years.
Built in Brownsville, TX in 1927, the church has meticulously maintained its walnut-stained, straight-backed wooden pews; its impeccably polished floors; its stunning stained-glass windows inscribed long before most of us were born; and its hardy yet graceful style.
Sense of home
Our Lady of Guadalupe’s welcoming spirit can be attributed not only to the parishioners whose families have lived in the neighboring area for generations and to Father Acosta, who diligently instructs and nurtures his flock, but also to those of us whose cherished recollections keep this sacred space very much alive.
Guadalupe’s sense of home is so vibrant that, having experienced her, one’s heart longs to be with her regardless of time and distance apart.
To know her is to love her!
What a privilege to visit Our Lady of Guadalupe Church every chance we have!
Husbands and wives… Lord, inspire those men and women who bear the titles husband and wife. Help them to look to you… and to one another to rediscover the fullness and mystery they once felt in their union. Let them be honest enough to ask, “Where have we been together, and where are we going?” Let them be brave enough to question, “How have we failed?” Let each be foolhardy enough to say, “For me, we come first.” Help them to reexamine their commitment [together] in the light of your love— willingly, openly, compassionately.
Hail, O Virgin of Guadalupe. We place under your powerful patronage the purity and integrity of the holy faith in Mexico and in all the American continent for we are certain that, [as surely as] you are recognized as Queen and Mother, [matrimonies] will be saved. Amen.
Opening to Our Lady’s memorial… God of power and mercy, you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe.
May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts may your peace reign in the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Petition… Our Lady of Guadalupe, who blessed Mexico and all the Americas by your appearance to Juan Diego, intercede for the holy Church, protect the pope, and help everyone who invokes you in their necessities.
Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity, and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.
November 29, 2014
Jesus, help me to believe in your promises so that I can taste heaven every day. Lord, I can’t wait to be with you forever! (the Word among us, November 2014, p. 49).
December 31, 2014
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world” (C. S. Lewis).
March 13, 2014
“I find heaven in the midst of saucepans and brooms” (St. Stanislaus Kostka).
June 7, 2015
Our Lord does not come down from heaven every day to lie in a golden ciborium. He comes to find another heaven which is infinitely dearer to him— the heaven of our souls created in his image, the living temples of the adorable Trinity (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).
December 18, 2015
December 25, 2015
The night is bright. God has prepared a feast that did not exist in heaven: he became man (Karl Rahner).
Links of interest… How Jesus makes heaven present to us today… Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: about / book / consecrating the hours / hymns, psalms, & readings / introduction / prayers (more)… Hints of heaven… Mary: beloved of the Trinity / celebrating May / corner / devotion / gate of heaven / litany / meditations / mother (of the church) / page / prayers (miracles / more / novena / queen of angels) / untier of knots… Missionaries of Jesus… Our Lady of Guadalupe: abbey / about / & Advent / arch of triumph / churches: Austin (video) – Brownsville (about – facebook)/ December 12th / mother of the Americas / patroness of the Americas / prayers / shrine / story / unqualified, uncomplicated consolation / videos / warrior (Bishop Barron)… St. Juan Diego Guild for children… the Word among us…
WP posts… Angels keeping watch… Christ’s sacred heart… Faces of Mary… Faith and prayer… Familiar yet new… Franciscan treasures… God’s lovely gifts… Guadalupe Church… Heart of hearts… Lourdes novenas… Marian devotions… Mary’s miraculous medal… Mary’s seven joys… May flowers… My Franciscan Crown… Our Lady… A real church… Repeated prayers… San Juan Diego
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