For many years now, December 12 has been an encounter with the Virgin before the sunrise. It is an endearing celebration to those who love her in the Americas. Under the name of Our Lady of Guadalupe, she crushes the head of the serpent, she dances, prays, and points to the life within her womb.
I’ve seen her many times throughout my life: in seminary and in my travels.Not only have I seen her in all my travels, she seems to appear in every major transition in life as a reminder of her tender care and love for me!
One of her great lessons is to follow her Son, Jesus in everything. She teaches us to do whatever he asks of us. She reminds us through her tenderness and love, that Jesus is the central protagonist of our lives. This is best understood in her Magnificat. Take a listen to this performance by seminarians of Saint Patrick’s Seminary & University:
Perhaps our lives can become a mirror of God’s holiness, a magnifying glass to the awesome holiness of God. God takes the lowliest, the simplest people and raises them up to glory in order that all might know, revere, and love Him.
Guadalupe, our Lady, has been present throughout my vocational journey …. now, for the first time, I will go to her! I board the plane through the night and will find myself in Mexico City. I will be residing at Seminario Hispano, taking classes in Spanish and Mexican culture. During the second half of my stay, I will be exposed to pastoral ministry in a parish. So to Mexico City I go where countless pilgrims go to be at Mary’s feet, run to her like children, to hear her message to stay close to her Son. I will go to her and it is an exciting adventure ahead!