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Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
« on: December 12, 2017, 02:55:23 AM »
Our Lady of Guadalupe crushed the Serpent's head and destroyed the crimes of idolatry and infanticide by Her apparitions to St. Juan Diego. She revealed Herself as Mother of the true God Who created all things and for Whom we are to live. We celebrated St. Francis Xavier's feast 9 days ago, and the great Apostle of India and Asia baptized 3 million souls with his own hand. But Heaven showed the Queen of the Apostles is the greatest evangelist ever in the history of the Church. Some 9 million souls were received into the Church after the miracles She worked in Mexico! The miraculous Tilma confounds skeptics and atheists to this day. She is Patroness of the Americas. Happy feast day.

A famous Mexican preacher of the 19th century expressed this tidal wave of conversions as follows:
"It is true that immediately after the conquest (of Cortes), some apostolic men, some zealous missionaries, mild, gentle conquerors who were disposed to shed no blood but their own, ardently devoted themselves to the conversion of the Indians. However, these valiant men, because of their fewness, because of the difficulty of learning various languages, and of the vast extent of our territory, obtained, in spite of their heroic efforts, but few and limited results.
"But scarcely had the Most Holy Virgin of Guadalupe appeared and taken possession of this her inheritance, when the Catholic Faith spread with the rapidity of light from the rising sun, through the wide extent and beyond the bounds of the ancient empire of Mexico. Innumerable multitudes from every tribe, every district, every race, in this immense country . . . who were grossly superstitious, who were ruled by the instincts of cruelty, oppressed by every form of violence, and utterly degraded, returned upon themselves at the credible announcement of the admirably portentous apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe, recognized their natural dignity, forgot their misfortunes, put off their instinctive ferocity, and, unable to resist such sweet and tender invitations, came in crowds to cast their grateful hearts at the feet of so loving a Mother, and to mingle their tears of emotion with the regeneration of the waters of Baptism."
The missionaries were all but overwhelmed by the endless multitudes clamoring for instruction and Baptism. Almost everywhere they traveled, entire families would come running out of their village, entreating them with signs to come and pour the water on their heads. When the numbers grew too numerous to cope with individually, the missionaries formed the men and women into two columns behind a cross-bearer. As they filed past the first priest, he briefly imposed on each the Oil of Catechumens. Holding lighted candles and singing a hymn, they would then converge on a second priest who stood beside the baptismal font. The columns would slowly wind back to the first priest where, with hands joined, husbands and wives would pronounce their marriage vows together, receiving the Sacrament of Matrimony.
Several trustworthy contemporary writers note that one missionary, a Flemish Franciscan named Peter of Ghent, baptized with his own hands over 1,000,000 Mexicans! "Who will not recognize the Spirit of God in moving so many millions to enter the kingdom of Christ," wrote Fr. Anticoli, S.J., "and when we consider that there occurred no portent or other supernatural event ... to attract such multitudes, other than the apparitions of the Virgin, we may state with assurance that it was the Vision of the Queen of the Apostles that called the Indians to the Faith."

An Offering to the Sacred Heart: "O divine Heart of Jesus, grant, I beseech Thee, eternal rest to the souls in purgatory, final grace and perseverance to all who are to die today, true repentance to sinners, the light of faith to pagans, Thy blessing to me and to all who are mine.

To Thee, O most loving Heart of Jesus, do I therefore commend all these souls, and for them I offer all Thy merits, together with the merits of the most Blessed Mother and of all the saints and angels, and also together with all the Sacrifices of the Mass, the Holy Communions, the prayers and good works that are made today throughout the entire Christian world."
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Re: Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2017, 06:18:28 PM »
Funny, hubby did not know what feast day this is and came home from town with a brand new Guadelupe candle!  :)
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Re: Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 01:21:25 PM »
I forgot to bump this thread for the feast day: