“Come to me all you who labor and I will give you rest” Matt 11:28
In this homily, given by Fr. Michael on the Feast of Saint Juan Diego, and posted on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we hear the story of Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant who converted to Christianity and who met twice with Mary, once while on his way to daily Mass and once again while attending to his dying uncle. What happened after those two miraculous apparitions is still having an impact on our world today.
Click the arrow to watch and listen to Fr. Michael’s inspiring message. His homily concludes with a poem whose text is once again posted below.
Mother of Life
by J. Michael Sparough, SJ
Pregnant with His Light
Offering the flower of your innocence
Before this window into
The vast unknown.
Truth hiding from all but
Child-like eyes robed in a starry mantle
Born of faith in what God
Alone can do.
The God-man growing within you
Oh so secretly even angels whisper
The Living Word loving
This Son now radiant within
Your untouched womb brightening
As one star shining above
All the rest.
Life for this One yet unborn
A prayerful pilgrimage beginning
From Nazareth to Bethlehem
Not what your future holds
But you know Who holds your future
Guiding barefoot steps into His
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