For the past seven years, I have attended the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with the seminary community. This was the first year when I participated in the popular devotion with a new community, an unbelievable event at Mission San Raphael.
Hundreds of people packed A Street as they processed the beloved image of the Mother of God through downtown San Rafael in the middle of a chilly winter. I was moved not only by the festive music of the Mariachi Band, but by the deep love people of so many generations expressed for the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Some 500 years ago she came to the lowliest people of Mexico, she entered their culture and gave Juan Diego the mission of raising a temple in her honor to the glory of Christ the LORD and in a span of one decade 9 millioin came to the faith – a mini pentecost! This continues today found in the jewel parish of Marin County.
All throughout the day, countless pilgrims came to this shrine in the heart of downtown San Rafael to pay honor and offer prayers to the one closest to the heart of Jesus. On a personal note, I wish I had the words to express what is deeply in my heart during this time of the year. Mixed with emotions of joy and musing other things, I trust in Mary’s love and protection as we hasten to Christmas!
On a lighter note, I got my first real Christmas Tree yesterday!