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On December 12, 2020, we celebrated in OLPH the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a very important day for the entire American continent as She was proclaimed on August 24, 1910 by Pope Pius X “Heavenly Patroness of Latin America”. Later, Pio XI declared her “Patroness of all the Americas”, Pio XII called her “Empress of the Americas” and John XXIII, “The Celestial Missionary of the New World” and “the Mother of the Americas”.
Brothers and sisters of different nationalities gathered to honor the Virgin Mary. The church was beautifully decorated with diverse flowers that reminded us that beautiful day when our Lady appeared in the tilma of San Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin an Indigenous Aztec after having asked him in his own language, nahuatl, to ask the Bishop Fray Juan de Zumárraga to build a temple to hear the prayers of her children.
This December 12th we wanted to honor Our Lady with the Consecration of 41 aspirants whom for 33 continuously days made their Preparation for the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. This project has been supported by Rev. Héctor José Cruz Lesbros, SM pastor of OLPH who has already celebrated this year, three other similar Consecration Masses.
A particularly exciting moment was when Father Cruz addressed them saying: “Dear aspirants, at this time, at which you are ready to assume this commitment to the Ever Blessed Virgin Mary – the safest Way to Christ – I want to remind you that you commit yourselves to a constant conversion of the heart, perseverance in purity of intention in each of the works you do and a ready spirit to respond to the call of the Church our Mother in the different apostolates in which your collaboration is needed. Therefore, when I call your name, please kneel to do the act of consecration.”
The message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, from more than 400 years ago, remains particularly important in these times of pandemic. Today, as then, Our Lady tells us: “Have understood, my son, the smallest one, that it is nothing that frightens and afflicts you; your heart is not troubled; don’t be afraid of this disease or any other illness and distress. Am I not here, that I’m your mother? “Let us return confidently, again and again, and we will find safe haven “Under the name of Mary”.