|Juan Diego on his knees|
On the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, there is a section of homes in the South Valley of Albuquerque that displays Our Lady. Huge displays in their yard (you won't find any Santa Claus displays in this section of town!). There is a celebration of the mass in the evening at a nearby Catholic church. A procession starts at the conclusion of mass and the priest, along with members of the church (and whoever wants to join them), go down the street to the South Broadway Cultural Center which is an art and library space run by the city-which also has a community 'altar' set up and anyone who wants to exhibit their art for the month of December in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe is able to. From there, the priest and many others continue through the neighborhood as the priest makes stops at the homeowner's request to bless their home. It is a very moving and somber occasion to witness.
The images from my Day 1 and Day 2 postings are also from this neighborhood.
As human beings, we all turn to examples of what we are trying to model our behavior after. It serves as a reminder to keep trying. It serves as inspiration. Most importantly, perhaps, is that it serves as an example to follow (as best we can).
It's not about idolatry worship-nothing could be further from the truth. It's about recognition and honoring the role that this incredible woman was chosen for.
An annual tradition for a group of us (hosted by the amazing Rebecca Brooks) is to post something about our Blessed Mother for 12 days-starting with December 1st and concluding on the Feast Day of Our Lady Of Guadalupe on Dec. 12th. I will admit, that for all of us, our lives are busy lives; particularly as we head into the Holiday Season. This kind of commitment is not as easy to do as one would think! However, it is not an exclusive group. You may join in just for one day, partial, or all!
And, by all means, please be sure to stop by and visit a few others who are on this 12 day journey.