Friday, December 12, 2008

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A TRIBUTE TO MARY by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a Protestant American poet reminds all America:
"This is indeed the Blessed Mary's Land,
Virgin and Mother of our dear Redeemer!
All Hearts are touched and softened at her name:
The priest, the prince, the scholar, and the peasant.
Alike the bandit with the bloody hand,
Pay homage to her as one ever present!
And even as children who have much offended
A too-indulgent father, in great shame,
Penitent, and yet not daring unattended
To go into his presence, at the gate
Speak to their sister, and confiding wait
Till she goes in before and intercedes.
So men, repenting of their evil deeds
And yet not venturing rashly to draw near,
With their requests, an angry Father's ear
Offer to Mary prayers and their confession
And she in Heaven for them makes intercession.
And if our faith had given us nothing more
Than this example of all womanhood,
So mild, so merciful, so strong, so good
So patient, peaceful, loyal, loving, pure
These were enough to prove it higher and truer
Than all the creeds the world has known before."
“Hear me and understand well...that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed... Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? - Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego.
Today, December 12, is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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