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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Our Lady of Guadalupe

This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent. It is also the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the birthday of St. Madeleine Sophie, foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart in France in 1800. I took the habit on this day sixty years ago and had a special devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe because I had visited her shrine when I spent my summer as a sixteen year old visiting two of the Mexican students who were boarders at school with me; one of them had spent the Easter holidays with me and then invited me to stay with her in Mexico City. I wanted to go on a pilgrimage to the shrine and was so impressed by the faith of the people. It made a lasting impression on me and so each year I think of what Our Lady means for all of us, but especially those south of our boarder. May Our Lady of Guadalupe help pass the dream act and aid immigrants. I am ashamed of the way we treat some of the undocumented workers in Florida. May Our Lady of Guadalupe teach us to love one another and to treat each person with reverence and respect.
May we pause today for some Advent silence. I am with the invocation from the Litany of the Sacred Heart: "Sacred Heart of Jesus, to your obedience I unite myself."

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