Roses of Our Lady

Today’s Word:

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:45)


On This Date…

guadalupe

On Tuesday, December 12, 1531, Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, a peasant, was on his way to Mexico City to get a priest to hear the confession of his uncle who was very ill. The Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego and assured him that his uncle would recover. She told Juan Diego to go to the hilltop where he would find roses blooming in the frost. Juan Diego gathered the roses in his cloak and brought them to Our Lady, who sent him to the bishop as proof of Our Lady’s request for a church to built there. When Juan Diego opened his cloak to show the bishop the roses, the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak. That image now hangs above the main altar of the basilica.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patroness of the Americas. Of Our Lady, her cousin Elizabeth said in today’s Gospel, “Blessed are you who believed that was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Like Our Lady, Juan Diego believed, and so can we.

– Father McLaughlin

An “Openness to Being Surprised By God”

Today’s Word:

Today, looking forward to the World Youth Day, which has brought me to Brazil, I too come to knock on the door of the house of Mary – who loved and raised Jesus – that she may help all of us, pastors of God’s people, parents and educators, to pass on to our young people the values that can help them build a nation and world which are more just, united and fraternal.

For this reason I would like to speak of three simple attitudes: hopefulness, openness to being surprised by God, and living in joy.

– from Pope Francis’ homily at the Marian Shrine of Aparecido


On This Date…

July 25 is the feast of Saint James the Apostle.

On July 25, 1126, Saint Norbert was consecrated Archbishop of Magdeburg, Germany. When he arrived at Magdeburg on July 18, he took off his shoes, and walked into the city barefoot as a sign of humility and penance. Since 1120, Norbert had been living with his newly formed Norbertine community in Premontre, France.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida

Today, July 25, 2013, Pope Francis arrives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an afternoon prayer service at World Youth Day.

Yesterday, he celebrated Mass with 45,000 pilgrims at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida – Brazil’s most sacred shrine. In his homily, Pope Francis asked young people to adopt three postures: hopefulness, joyfulness, and “an openness to being surprised by God.”

– Father McLaughlin