Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico

When Mary appeared to Juan Diego, she requested he gather flowers to give to the bishop.  He opened his cloak and beautiful roses fell to the ground before the bishop.  Then a miracle…the image of Mary was fixed in the coarse fabric of Juan’s cloak.  This cloak is enshrined in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

“In this gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image, her son Jesus Christ is presented in her immaculate womb surrounded by symbols of a new civilization of love.

This civilization consists of a people who are full of God’s truth and full of life, rooted in heaven.  As a ‘people with a mission,’ we become aware of our true vocation, our calling from God, to build through Christ and for Christ a culture of life and a civilization of love.” –Monsignor Chavez



A RE-BLOG POST – Non-believers vs believers-rules for discussions on this blog

The photo is marvelous, the message is worthy of a re-blog here, and the poem completes the post, Bravo!


woman in black dress holding balance scale Photo by JJ Jordan on

 1. It is more important to be kind than to be right

2. A sentence with the word “you” and a negative assumption/judgment should be rephrased; always

3: Language is abstract and there are plenty of ways to misunderstand; tread carefully and be compassionate

4. Let your arguments be like a miniskirt; short enough to capture attention, but long enough to cover the subject.

Thank you ❤

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

William Butler Yeats

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Immaculate Conception of Mary

Mary’s immaculate conception is venerated throughout the world, becoming mother of the long awaited Messiah.  Conceived free from original sin, Mary is our new Eve.  Her gifts are powerful to lead us to God through her son and consecrating oneself to her is most efficacious.

Prayer of Consecration to Mary

O Immaculate Mary, I offer to you today my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my whole being without reserve.  Wherefore Good Mother as I am your own, keep me and guard me.  O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. Amen.

Mary of the Americas, pray for us



Above is this stone sculpture depicting a young Mexican girl as the first Indian Madonna c.1521-1550.

Queen of Heaven pray for us

This is Native American, Virgin of the Macana, Retablos by Br. Arturo Olivas


This blue Madonna is considered to be the oldest Madonna brought by Fray Alonzo Benavidez to the Santa Fe Cathedral in New Mexico…vestiges of old world conquerors to the new America.

viregen d elos remedios

Virgin of Remedies, Mexico


Virgin of Guadalupe, Mexico

“Mary’s life shows that God accomplishes great deeds through those who are the most humble.”  –Pope Francis