Monday, December 9, 2019

Mary "Bumps" Juan Diego Off the Calendar This Year?

Hey, it's December 9... the day we honor Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (his Nahua name - "Singing Eagle" - is pronounced, to the best of my knowledge, as "Kwat-LA-twat-zin").

Anyway, Happy Feast of... wait, what?

Ah well, at least in the USA, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was moved to today (because yesterday was the Second Sunday of Advent) but without the usual obligations [so don't panic, ok?😉]; which means that my home boy Juan Diego gets "bumped" from his feast day AGAIN. (I don't think he minds it a bit😊).

In any case, the Guadalupe Days have begun once again, to culminate on December 12, when we commemorate the gift of Mary's image to the world, and in a particular way to the lands and peoples of the continents we call "America."

It's time to begin pointing out that the 500th Anniversary of Guadalupe is in 2031. God willing, and with Our Lady's help, I will be there with family and friends (for once, we all need to go together). Between now and then, a dozen years of adventures await.

Some of us may be called home before that day, but she will bring them near to those who remain in the world, and there will be a special closeness through our being all together with her.

Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe can heal the wounds of our hemisphere and bring reconciliation and solidarity to our peoples. If we ask her, she will do it ... but she will make us her collaborators and we will have to work hard and be patient.

Just ask Juan Diego about that!