And Mary said,
“My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
I love reading stories about Marian apparitions, for so many reasons. The thought of Mary choosing the humble, the poor, the uneducated among us reminds me to swallow my pride, and refrain from judging others who seem ‘beneath’ me. I find it much easier to approach Jesus through his mother Mary – thinking of her in her role as daughter, friend, and mother.
In my life, I can’t think of a single struggle that Mary has not experienced. I turn to her for guidance and support, and strive to emulate her patience, grace, and love.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is my very favorite story of Mary, other that what we read in Scripture. In 1531, she appeared to Juan Diego, a poor Aztec Indian. In a series of four visits, she asked that a temple be built in her name. Juan Diego informed the bishop, who asked for a sign from Our Lady.
In the middle of December, Mary gave Juan Diego Castille roses for the local bishop. Wrapping the flowers in his tilma, Juan set off for the bishop’s palace. When he presented the flowers to the bishop, all were astounded at the image of Our Lady that was imprinted on his cloak. This tilma is now housed in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, visited by over 15 million people per year.
We’re rounding the corner in Advent, and celebrating Gaudete Sunday. We are reminded to rejoice, for the Christ Child will soon be with us. Light your pink candle this week,and you may even see your priest donning some rose colored vestments today!
How’s the season shaping up for you? I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that instead of centering myself and being contemplative, it’s the same old crazy chaos around here. I’ll try to do a better job this week. Be sure and drop me a comment, letting me know what’s going on in your neck of the woods.