Do not fear this sickness of your uncle or any other sickness, nor anything that is sharp or hurtful. Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you, disturb you.
~Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego
Perhaps the words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego serve as great encouragement to us as well. I am delighted that the Cathedral will serve as home for the sacred, blessed image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please take time to stand or kneel before her and ask for her intercession and protection. There is also included below the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I hope you find the story helpful and hopeful.
The great Saint Pope John Paul II called the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe — “the Marian heart of America.” The Church in this country — and every one of us — has the responsibility to continue the task that the Virgin gave to Saint Juan Diego. To “build a shrine” with our lives. To build a society that glorifies God and is worthy of the dignity of the human person. I have always found it profound that Our Lady appeared to a poor young man and not someone of nobility or stature. Whatever our poverty is – physical or spiritual – she seeks us out first. What Our Lady said to Saint Juan Diego, she now imparts to us: “You are my ambassador, most worthy of my trust.”
God bless you and may Our Lady of Guadalupe find a home in our Cathedral and in our hearts.