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April 22, 2024
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Advent

The twofold character of Advent calls us to prepare for the remembering of the Word made Flesh at Christmas, and directs us to wait with alertness for Jesus’ second coming.

Saint of the Week

Third Sunday of Advent

Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of his son. By the simple act of saying “yes” to God’s will, she became the greatest and first among all of our saints and a patron for all of us.  Mary has been the intercessor for all people who call upon her and for many causes. As Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary became a powerful intercessor for the indigenous people of Mexico at a time when the armies of Spain were conquering them.  Her story is inextricably tied to the story of St. Juan Diego, to whom she appeared a number of times.

As the pre-eminent saint of our Church, there are many feast days in honor of Our Lady. We honor her as Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. Under the title of the Immaculate Conception, Mary is also the patron of the United States.

Our greatest saint, Mary did one basic thing. She listened to God’s will that she was to be the mother of Jesus and she accepted that will. “Let it be it done to me as you say.” (Lk 1:38)