Though Franciscan missionaries had been laboring in Mexico for twenty years, they had made little progress. Within ten years of the appearance of Mary to Juan Diego practically the entire Mexican people, nine million strong, had converted to Christianity. Our Lady of Guadalupe proved to be the greatest evangelist the world had ever seen. With that the Aztec practice of human sacrifice also came to an end. She had won a culture-changing victory for the God of love.
The challenge for us today is to join that same fight. We must announce to our culture today the truth about this God of forgiving love. Yet how would you respond if God surprised you by asking you to do something that seemed beyond your ability. You might be tempted to see only the obstacles and not the grace that God promises. You might have a lot of questions and doubt. In the end however, it would come down to a choice. Would you say yes, despite your doubts ?
When Mary said yes, Jesus came into the world to save us from sin and death. When Juan Diego said yes, millions of Aztecs became Christian. You never know what might happen through your own yes. You can count on this, God wouldn’t ask if he didn’t have something great in mind !
DeColores, Deacon Doug
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We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector and rectora.
Resources for those not able to attend Mass
Daily Readings in English and Spanish from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
Prayers, readings for Mass, and additional spiritual readings are available at:
“Give Us This Day” a digital file of their periodical, which includes daily Mass texts. Visit GUTD.net and select “Digital” in the upper right of the screen.