What a wonderful feeling to return to Guadalupe Church for Saturday evening Mass not once, but twice on the same day! How truly heartwarming to be among those we met the previous week— Eddie Nieto, the sacristan, and Henry Reyna, the greeter— and to discover smiling faces in Olga Tapia and Jessica at the later charismatic Mass! And, oh, the beautiful bulletin cover (yet again) with its bilingual message related to Sunday’s readings!
Dedication of a child… Dear Mary, your message of love and care on Tepeyac Hill floated like a lilting lullaby into the fresh, golden dawn. Softly you called to Juan Diego, “least of your sons,” a man of middle years, but guileless and childlike in spirit.
Through him you invited all your children to come to you, the ever-virgin Mother of God, to look to you as a mother who wanted only to show a mother’s love. You would give them whatever they needed, help and protection, strength and comfort. As a lasting proof you left us your own marvelous picture, unpainted by any human hand.
Today we bring to you our child [name] as yet unborn. May this little one always know and love you as holy Mary, Mother of the true God in whom we live and have our being. May this new soul, freshly breathed forth from the creator, be like the soul of Juan Diego….
Dear Lady of Guadalupe, touch this petal of our hearts with the wintry roses of Tepeyac so that a fragrant joy and peace may spread along the child’s path in life. Let your love remind men of you and sweetly draw them to your waiting heart.
Take this child as your own, lovely Lady. Enfold the child in the mantle of your care until the day when… all your children join with you, their merciful mother, endlessly praising and thanking God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
February 27, 2015
“Fathers and mothers owe four things to their children: maintenance, instruction, correction, and good example” (St. John Baptist de la Salle).
May 11, 2015
“When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown! (Venerable Fulton Sheen, 1999).
Links of interest… 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… Our Lady of Guadalupe: abbey / about / & Advent / arch of triumph / Brownsville, TX (about – facebook) / December 12th / mother of the Americas / patroness of the Americas / prayers / shrine / story / videos… St. Juan Diego Guild for children… Ten “M’s” on the highway to heaven… Venerable Fulton Sheen: about / cause for sainthood / Like is worth living (about) / prayer / quotes… the Word among us…
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