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That very afternoon, while we remained thoughtful and rapt in wonder, Jacinta kept breaking into enthusiastic exclamations: “Oh, what a beautiful Lady!” “I can see what’s going to happen,” I said, “you’ll end saying that to somebody else.” “No, I won’t,” she answered, “don’t worry.” Next day, when Francisco came running to tell me how she had told them everything at home the night before, Jacinta listened to the accusation without a word. “You see, that’s just what I thought was going to happen.” I said to her.

Sister Maria Lucia of the Immaculate Heart. Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words: The Memoirs of Sister Lucia, the Last Fatima Visionary

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“I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, for she alone can be of any avail.”

Mary Mother of God

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Mary, mother of God. The start of a new year.

Mary, mother of God. Salvation is born from her, she listened to the angel’s announcement.

She held it close to her.

Mary, mother of God listens to the message of an angel delivered by shepherds; and holds it in her heart.

Mary, mother of God; salvation is born from her. A new testament begins.

Always open to those angelic voices, and attentive to the voice of the LORD.

Through her, the word becomes flesh. She, the perfect disciple of her son.

Immaculate Mary, free from sin. She intercedes on our behalf, the bearer of the LORD.

Hail Mary, full of grace. God’s Grace. Blessed are thou amongst women, blessed by the LORD. Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, our salvation.

Mary at the annunciation, and the nativity, and at the foot of the Cross.

Mother of God, and always by her Son. Something to remember as one stumbles on a walk or a trek or a journey.

Her intercession can make that journey safe, Mary the Mother of God.

Mary at the Assumption crowned in heaven, never far from her son.

Mary mother of God, pray for us.

That you’re Son might guide us through a new year.

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Immaculate Mary (the Patroness of the United States), Juan Diego, and the Lost Sheep

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Here is a lightly read post from a few years back :

Sometimes what I find interesting is the clustering of readings, and saints, and seasons, memorials and feast days. It is looking at the liturgical calendar not as disconnected days, but as a continuous celebration. Yesterday it was the feast if the Immaculate Conception, today Juan Diego, and today the gospel of Jesus going for the lost sheep.

For the Immaculate Conception, I can ponder its teaching of Mary conceived without the stain of original sin, and I can think of Mary as the Patron of a new “immaculate world.” Mary, the model of the new Eve is also patron of a New World. Into that New World comes the European missionaries who carry Christ across the seas, as Mary carried Christ in her womb. The fruit of those missionaries is Juan Diego, and through Juan comes a new title for Mary that is Our Lady of Guadalupe.

It is Immaculate Mary that is the model for Church, and it is that Church brings her Son to this new world. In that lies a mission, the Churches evangelical mission, and a responsibility; to bring Christ as Mary did which is to serve God and not our individual selfish needs. Immaculate Mary is indeed born without sin.

In thinking of that Immaculate Mary and the journey to the new world, I can also ponder in the back of my mind Jesus going after the lost sheep. In His journey for these sheep, many times he too journeyed by boat across the Sea of Galilee where he cured many, and conquered many demons. To go back to the boats of Europe sailing to the new world, I think did their mission emulate Jesus’s and did they faithfully follow the guidance of Immaculate Mary? That’s a complicated question, but in many ways they did work under the guidance of Mary of that title and many times they did not. Man is sinful, and bears that burden of original sin. Many times they brought their demons rather than chase them out, it’s the sinful nature of man.

The counter argument then is this; was the New World Immaculate before those Christian explorers arrived? Again, one for the scholars but I would guess not; they too were human and bore that stain of original sin. And then there is Juan Diego, caught between both those worlds who discovers Mary, Immaculate Mary in Our Lady of Guadalupe. Jesus saved a sheep through the intercession of his Mother. I wonder then as those Europeans who entered this New World, I wonder how many of them were brought salvation anew through their encounters with people like Juan Diego? It’s a ramble, and a journey. The truth though is that Immaculate Mary does the journey with us. She is present in the Old and the New World, and ever Immaculate to guide us on our little rambles through life.