Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Immaculate Conception: Day 11

A pregnant woman is an icon of life itself, and in our worries and troubles that we encounter in the life, this mother, our spiritual mother, Our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, consoles us, just as she did St. Juan Diego. Listen to what she said to him:

Listen! Put it into your heart, my dearest son, that the thing that disturbs you the thing that afflicts you, is really nothing.
Do not let your heart be disturbed.
Am I not here, I who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and my 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 anything more?
Let nothing else worry or disturb you.

What beautiful words to hear from Our Blessed Mother at Guadalupe!...
Mary represents us all. At Guadalupe, we see her so beautifully and so dramatically exhibited as the Mother of us all-not as a women limited to Israel or the Mideast, but indeed a women who-whatever language we speak, whatever race we claim, whatever place we call home-is our Mother. As she appeared as a mother to St. Juan Diego, so she appears to us. What  beautiful consolation during this season of Advent!

by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Advent Reflections

A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!


judie said...

This is a loving thought to ponder, and I do; with my eyes closed and a peaceful heart.

Lenora said...

Tender thoughts, calm peace tranquility joy wonder

redondowriter said...

Very impressed with Cardinal Dolan's words. Your image, when it popped up from your link, surprised and delighted me. I honestly felt my heart momentarily feel close to bursting with joy. A rare occurrence.

rebecca said...

oh the peace and tranquility of this!

Hettienne Grobler said...

Growing up Protestant and in South Africa, I only heard those words a few years ago and it blew open my heart and mind! She is indeed Mother of the World - no boundaries, no limits!!


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