“Since I am truly your merciful Mother, and that of all men, I will grant everyone who visits this sanctuary the fruit of my affection, my compassionate attention, my help and salvation. I will hear your cries of distress so as to cure all your sufferings and ills.” Nican Mopohua, Mexico 1981, pp.28-32
It’s good to be consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also good to pray and fast for an end to U.S. support for terrorism (rebels) in Syria.
How happy my soul was, good Mother,
when I had the good fortune to gaze upon you!
How I love to recall the pleasant moments spent
under your gaze, so full of kindness and mercy for us.
Yes, tender Mother, you stooped down to earth
to appear to a mere child…You, the Queen of heaven and earth
deigned to make use of
the most fragile thing in the world’s eyes.
Mary responded to Bernadette’s request — “who are you?” (on March 25, 1858), with the words: “Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou.”
And from our hearts we sing to her: Hail Holy Mother, you gave birth to the King, whose name is eternal; she who has conceived has at the same time the joy of motherhood and the glory of virginity. Fernandez, “In Conversation with God”
Artwork: El Greco (1541-1614)
Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid; for, behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name; and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of his mercy—even as he spoke to our fathers—to Abraham and to his descendants forever.’ Luke 1:46-55
Mary’s Magnificat proves the mercy of God in the work of the Incarnation, and the fidelity of His promise concerning the Messiah. The Word becoming flesh in us is at the heart of what it is to be real.
Artwork: Tapestry, Florence, 1593-97
Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united, and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with compassion, teach us to go continually to Jesus and, if we fall, help us to rise again, to return to Him, by means of the confession of our faults and sins in the Sacrament of Penance, which gives peace to the soul. St. John Paul II, 1979, Guadalupe, Mexico
On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Sotheby’s, the art auction house in NYC, was previewing vintage cars ahead of its Driven by Disruption sale, Dec. 10.
One of the cars being offered (photo) was the 1964 Psychedelic Porsche owned by Janis Joplin, the singer remembered for the words: “Freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.”
We are reminded that “the quest for freedom and the aspiration to liberation, which are among the principle signs of the times in the modern world, have their first source in the Christian heritage.” We are comforted to know the Blessed Mother (New Eve) continues to help her children realize the true freedom of children of God—and we thank her in a special way today.
“His mercy is from age to age,
on those who fear him.
He puts forth his arm in strength
and scatters the proud-hearted.” Lk.1:50-52
“The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego on Tepayac hill near Mexico City on the 9th of December 1531 to ask for the construction of a church there in her honor. After the miraculous cure of his uncle, Bernardo, this Indian peasant brought to the Bishop some roses that he received from Our Lady as a sign of her request. As the flowers fell from the cloak to the ground before the astonished Prelate, the image of the Blessed Virgin, which is venerated in the Basilica of Guadalupe to this day, was miraculously impressed on the simple garment before their eyes.” Francis Fernandez, In Conversation With God (Scepter, 1997)