clipart GuadalupeToday, December 12th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. Affectionately referred to as La Morenita or the little dark-skinned one, she appeared to the peasant Juan Diego as a pregnant, indigenous woman and spoke to him in his own native language, Nahuatl.

What moves me most about this Marian apparition is the closeness of Mary to the people. She said to Juan Diego (and to all of us), “Am I not your merciful Mother?” Whether our natural mothers are living or deceased, which of us from time to time doesn’t long for the comfort, advice, and tenderness of a mother? In Our Lady, no matter under what title we know her best, we have someone to whom we can turn and beg her intercession.

To get a better idea of the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the people of México, watch this 2 minute video by Fr. Robert Barron from his Word on Fire series filmed on site at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Say a prayer for indigenous peoples around the world who are in need of consolation and protection.

Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!