Today is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, although it will remain hidden this year since it is the Lord’s Day. Mary appeared to an indigenous Mexican in the 16th century, telling the man (now canonized as St. Juan Diego),
“I vividly desire that a church be built on this site, so that in it I can be present and give my love, compassion, help, and defense, for I am your most devoted mother . . . to hear your laments and to remedy all your miseries, pains, and sufferings.”
Our Lord came to us through Mary, and likewise she leads us to him. Mary under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe is recognized as a Mexican icon, but she is actually the patroness of all the Americas, including our country. This is why Archbishop Burke (now Cardinal Burke) was inspired to build a shrine in her honor, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was dedicated in LaCross, Wisconsin, in 2008.
Our Lady of Guadalupe is also patroness of the preborn because when she appeared to Juan Diego, she appeared as the pregnant Mother of the Savior, which makes this a beautiful feast day for Advent, when we remember the expectant Virgin Mother. Mary is the mother of us all, but she keeps watch over pregnant mothers, the preborn, those trying to conceive, and those suffering from post-abortion traumatic stress.
So today, ask Our Lady to pray for the Americas, for your families, in thanksgiving for the gift of life, and for those who need healing after abortion.