Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Our Lady of Guadalupe, 475th Anniversary

To day is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12th. As a kid (and still today) I use to marvel at the mere thought of cloak of Juan, with the image of Mary on it, and the fact that one can still see this same cloak (serape) if one was to visit Mexico today. Maybe it’s because it’s so close to where I live, I mean in comparison to say Fatima or Medjugorje or even Lourdes. The visions of Mary have always inspired me.

If you have young ones at home you’ve got to introduce them to these apparitions via bed time readings.

Over at Catholic Exchange, Mark Armstrong has an interesting perspective on this feast day with a comparison to Mel Gibson’s movie.

This feast day is perfect timing with the Nativity Story Movie now playing at theaters. I think it’s great to see this movie allow viewers a chance to ponder Mary’s role in history (especially salvation history). This article by Pet Vere, JCL asks our non-Catholic Christian brothers and sister to do a like more pondering: “Open to Life: Asking Protestants to Ponder Mary”

You can read this thought process undergoing at Mark Roberts website. Mark is one of my favorite non-Catholic sites. He’s a pastor of a local church here in So. Cal.; he’s reviewing the Nativity Story from a Christian (non-Catholic) view point.

What Month, first the Immaculate Conception, then the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. What a lead in to the Birth of Our Lord.

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