St. Juan Diego, pray for us!
December 9, 2022
St. Juan Diego
Dear Family of Mary!
Today the Church honors St. Juan Diego, the visionary of Mexico, who received the Tilma with Our Lady’s image on it. That Tilma still exists, on display in the Cathedral in Mexico City. It is a miracle!! But I think there is a great grace for us in is the love that Our Lady showed to Juan Diego when she called him to help her. She opened her loving, maternal heart to him. This quote is so moving:
Our Lady spoke these words to Juan Diego when he was worried about his uncle, and was afraid to go into the city to speak to the bishop:
Do not fear this sickness nor any other sickness,
nor any sharp and hurtful thing.
Am I not here,
I, who am your mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the source of your joy?
Are you not in the hollow of my mantle,
in the crossing of my arms?
Do you need something more?
Let nothing else worry you, disturb you…
Our Lady speaks to us with the same loving heart in Medjugorje. Here is one such message:
September 2, 2012
as my eyes are looking at you,
my soul is seeking those souls
with whom it desires to be one –
the souls who have understood
the importance of prayer
for those of my children
who have not come to know
the love of the Heavenly Father.
I am calling you because I need you.
Accept the mission
and do not be afraid,
I will strengthen you.
I will fill you with my graces.
With my love I will protect you
from the evil spirit.
I will be with you.
With my presence
I will console you in difficult moments.
Thank you for your open hearts.
Pray for priests.
Pray that the unity between my Son and them
may be all the stronger,
that they may be one.
This is Mother Mary, the Mother of Jesus who is our Mother! She loves us and will protect us and strengthen us as we help her to find and draw to her all her other children. This is our task, our work for her, even as it was for Juan Diego.
May we respond with faith and courage, even as St. Juan Diego did!!!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph,