When Sophia handed me a cloth bag that contained the framed icon, I saw that the surprise guest wouldn't be eating anything. But, she would be feeding us, our souls.
Our Lady of Guadalupe has long been my favorite depiction of Mary. I don't know why. Maybe it's because the way she appeared to Juan Diego. Maybe it's because of the roses she gave him in the middle of winter. Or how she pops into my life at different times - the start of this blog and my patron saint one year.
To celebrate my favorite lady's feast day and blogiversary, I have a gift certificate to my favorite online candle shop, Quick Candles, to give away. Just leave a comment and Saturday evening the hairy beast will determine the winner.
“Hear me and understand well, my son the least, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything. Do not be afflicted by the illness of your uncle, who will not die now of it. be assured that he is now cured.”
St. Juan Diego, pray for us!
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!