Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

All images below, unless other stated, are ©CardinalBurke. Detail above: Madonna in Niche, L. Brunner, 1846. ©The Art of Christianity Collection, inv. nr AP00181.


PRAYER

of the nine-month novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

March 12 - Dec 12, 2024

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We are now on our eighth round of the Nine-Month-Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe.


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Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke sends us a new message in May:


As the second month of our Nine-Month Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe concludes, and as we, today, officially begin the third month, let us thank God and Our Lady for the grace of perseverance that Our Lord, through the maternal mediation of Our Lady, has given to us so that we might fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the Faith (cf. 2 Tim. 4, 7).



The Fifth Reflection dated May 12, 2024. The video link is here. (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


"As the second month of our Nine-Month Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe concludes, and as we, today, officially begin the third month, let us thank God and Our Lady for the grace of perseverance which that Our Lord, through the maternal mediation of Our Lady, has given to us so that we mightfight the good fight,finish the race, and keep the Faith (cf. 2 Tim. 4, 7).


Our Lady commissioned Saint Juan Diego to be her heroic messenger, just as she commissions us today to lead others to Christ by handing on to them the truths of the Faith and its beauty in the life of prayer and, above all, of divine worship. However, after Bishop Juan de Zumárraga’s initial skeptical reaction to Saint Juan Diego’s account of Our Lady’s desire, Saint Juan Diego considered himself to be unworthy of the mission that the Mother of God had entrusted into his hands. Saint Juan Diego was always docile and obedient, but, at the same time, he doubted that he could do all that God was asking of him.

When the work seemed particularly difficult, he thought of reasons why the mission should be entrusted to someone else, and he even suggested to Our Lady that he was not the right person for her mission. Yet as a child is comforted by a mother’s love, so too, Saint Juan Diego found comfort in Our Lady’s words:

I will reward the care, the work and the fatigue that you have put into this for me (Nican Mopohua, no. 92).


Our Lord Himself teaches us that God reveals His will to the “childlike” (Mt 11, 25), to those who, like Him, are “meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11, 29), to those who recognize that all that they are and have comes from the hand of God and who, therefore, place all their trust in Him. He assures us that, if doing His will demands much labor and is burdensome, He will “give [us] rest” (Mt 11, 28). Using an image from farming to describe our work with Him for the salvation of the world, he encourages to “take [His] yoke” (Mt 11, 29) upon our shoulders. He declares: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Mt 11, 30).

In our daily struggle to be faithful and generous co-workers with Christ in His saving work, let us call upon the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her heroic messenger, Saint Juan Diego, even as we seek to follow their example. Christ will never fail us. He will render efficacious for our salvation and the salvation of the world our every good thought, word, and deed. When we are tempted to give up in the battle, let us bear in mind Our Lady’s words to Saint Juan Diego for they are motherly words which will comfort and encourage us as well: “I will reward the care, the work and the fatigue that you have put into this for me.”



Two key-points of Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke's April and May message was:

"As our first month of the Nine-Month Novena concludes and our second month begins, some of us may be experiencing the worst temptations from Satan to surrender and stop praying the Novena Prayer every day.


In the battle for the truth, we must never give way to discouragement, which is always the first temptation of the devil."

.......

When we are tempted to give up in the battle, let us bear in mind Our Lady’s words to Saint Juan Diego for they are motherly words which will comfort and encourage us as well: “I will reward the care, the work and the fatigue that you have put into this for me.”




Let us pray the nine-month novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe:



O Virgin Mother of God, we fly to your protection

and beg your intercession against the darkness and sin

which ever more envelop the world and menace the Church.

Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,

gave you to us

as our mother

as He died on the Cross for our salvation.


So too, in 1531, when darkness and sin beset us,

He sent you, as Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Tepeyac

to lead us to Him Who alone is our light and our salvation.

Through your apparitions on Tepeyac

and your abiding presence with us on the miraculous mantle of your messenger, Saint Juan Diego,

millions of souls converted to faith in your Divine Son.

Through this novena and our consecration to you,

we humbly implore your intercession for our daily conversion of life to Him

and the conversion of millions more who do not yet believe in Him.

In our homes and in our nation,

lead us to Him

Who alone wins the victory over sin and darkness in us and in the world.

Unite our hearts to your Immaculate Heart

so that they may find their true and lasting home in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Ever guide us along the pilgrimage of life to our eternal home with Him.

So may our hearts, one with yours,

always trust in God's promise of salvation,

in His never-failing mercy toward all

who turn to Him with a humble and contrite heart.

Through this novena and our consecration to you, O Virgin of Guadalupe,

lead all souls in America and throughout the world

to your Divine Son in Whose name we pray.

Amen.


March, 2024

+ Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Novena Prayer in Latin


Let us pray:

O my God,

in union with the Immaculate Heart of Mary

(if applicable, here kiss your scapular as sign of your consecration to Mary, which carries a partial indulgence),

I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Jesus from all the altars throughout the world,

joining with it the offering of my every thought, word, and action of this day.

O my Jesus,

I desire today to gain every indulgence and merit I can and I offer them, together with myself,
to Mary Immaculate, that she may best apply them in the interests of Thy Most Sacred Heart.


Precious Blood of Jesus, save us!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!


+ Father R.Heilman, March, 2024



Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

(normally between Dec 3--12)



May 14, 2024:   Day 64.

(this is our eighth nine-days-novena of the nine-month-novena).



May 15:   Day 65.


May 16:    Day 66.


May 17:   Day 67.


May 18:   Day 68.


May 19:  Day 69.


May 20:  Day 70.


May 21:  Day 71.


May 22:  Day 72.




- May 14 -


Day 64, novena nr. 8 of the nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


Dearest Lady of Guadalupe,

fruitful Mother of holiness,

teach me your ways of gentleness and strength.

Hear my humble prayer offered with heartfelt confidence to beg this favor _______

(mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 15 -


Day 65, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


O Mary, conceived without sin,

I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe.

Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son’s holy will always:

May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven _______

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 16 -


Day 66, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway.

Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you.

This I ask you, my dear Mother. __________

(mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 17 -


Day 67, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


Dearest Mother of Guadalupe,

I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son’s charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you. ________

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 18 -


Day 68, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


O most holy Mother,

I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins,

abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven. _________

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 19 -


Day 69, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


Mary, Mother of vocations,

multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights.

Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious.

This we ask of you, O Mother. __________

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 20 -


Day 70, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


O Lady of Guadalupe,

we beg you that parents live a holy life and educate their children in a Christian manner;

that children obey and follow the directions of their parents;

that all members of the family pray and worship together.

This we ask of you, O Mother. ____________

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 21 -


Day 71, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


With my heart full of the most sincere veneration,

I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask you to obtain for me the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy.__________

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.



- May 22 -


Day 72, a nine-month-novena.




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



Introduction Prayer


Remember, O most gracious Virgin of Guadalupe, that in your heavenly apparitions on the mount of Tepeyac, you promised to show your compassion and pity towards all who, loving and trusting you, seek your help and call upon you in their necessities and afflictions. You promised to hear our supplications, to dry our tears, and to give us consolation and relief.


Memorare


Never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Mary, ever-Virgin Mother of the true God! Though grieving under the weight of our sins, we come to prostrate ourselves before you. We fully trust that, standing beneath your shadow and protection, nothing will trouble or afflict us, nor do we need to fear illness or misfortune, or any other sorrow.


Prayer


O Virgin of Guadalupe, you want to remain with us through your admirable Image, you who are our Mother, our health, and our life. Placing ourselves beneath your maternal gaze, and having recourse to you in all our necessities, we need do nothing more.

O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us. Amen.



Daily Prayer


O God,

You have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.

Grant us, your humble servants,

who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven. _________

 (mention your intention here)



Concluding Prayers:


Our father x 1


Hail Mary x 1


Glory x 1




+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.



The Step-by-Step Rosary community can pray the Rosary after the novena.




Let us all pray the Novena and pray that every Catholic in your own country, return to Our Lady!



"To this end, I am calling on all Catholics, especially those in the Americas,

to join me in praying a nine-month novena seeking Our Lady’s intercession beginning on March 12.


This immense spiritual undertaking will culminate in a consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, her Feast Day. "




You can read His Eminence's letter concerning his call and You can join His Eminence Cardinal Burke by signing up here. His video address is here .  






PRAYER

of the nine-month novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

March 12 - Dec 12, 2024



O Virgin Mother of God, we fly to your protection and beg your intercession against the darkness and sin which ever more envelop the world and menace the Church. Your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, gave you to us as our mother as He died on the Cross for our salvation.

So too, in 1531, when darkness and sin beset us, He sent you, as Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Tepeyac to lead us to Him Who alone is our light and our salvation.

Through your apparitions on Tepeyac and your abiding presence with us on the miraculous mantle of your messenger, Saint Juan Diego, millions of souls converted to faith in your Divine Son. Through this novena and our consecration to you, we humbly implore your intercession for our daily conversion of life to Him and the conversion of millions more who do not yet believe in Him. In our homes and in our nation, lead us to Him Who alone wins the victory over sin and darkness in us and in the world.

Unite our hearts to your Immaculate Heart so that they may find their true and lasting home in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Ever guide us along the pilgrimage of life to our eternal home with Him. So may our hearts, one with yours, always trust in God's promise of salvation, in His never-failing mercy toward all who turn to Him with a humble and contrite heart. Through this novena and our consecration to you, O Virgin of Guadalupe, lead all souls in America and throughout the world to your Divine Son in Whose name we pray.

Amen.



March, 2024


+ Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke



Here below are the Messages and Reflections from Cardinal Burke

Nine Month Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe



"Making the Nine-Month Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, entrusting ourselves to her guidance and protection and confiding to her intercession our many intentions for the Church and for the world, we rejoice in the perfect union of her Immaculate Heart with the Most Sacred Heart of her Divine Son, Our Lord and Savior."




Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke sends us the encouraging April message :

"As our first month of the Nine-Month Novena concludes and our second month begins, some of us may be experiencing the worst temptations from Satan to surrender and stop praying the Novena Prayer every day.


In the battle for the truth, we must never give way to discouragement, which is always the first temptation of the devil. When we are tempted to be discouraged or to be defeated, let us recall the vision of the final victory of Christ’s Redemptive Incarnation, recounted in the Book of Revelation."


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His Eminence wrote initially the first lesson (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):

"The first lesson which Our Lady of Guadalupe teaches us to equip us for today’s grave crisis is the inseparable unity of truth and love. We cannot truly love another person while also disregarding or betraying the truth which should inform every relationship. The fundamental approach to the crisis of the family, of society, and of the Church is the knowledge of truth and the practice of it with love."




It was followed up with a Second Reflection (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


"During the first apparition to St. Juan Diego, Mary introduced herself as the Virgin Mother of God and our mother. These words are as comforting and inspiring today as they were nearly 500 years ago:

“… I am honored to be your compassionate mother, yours and that of all the people that live together in this land, and also of all the other various lineages of men; those who love me, those who cry to me, those who seek me, those who trust in me.”


As Catholics, we say that Mary is our Mother a great deal. We call her our Blessed Mother – enough, perhaps, that we might sometimes lose sight of what an extraordinary thing it is that we are saying. Mary, the ever-Virgin Mother of God, is our mother: take a moment today to reflect as deeply as you are able on the beautiful implications of this statement. Know in your heart that she is your mother. Know beyond doubt that her maternal care for you is real. "(Here is the full text)




The Third Reflection (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


"This month, let us contemplate the events of the second apparition of Our Lady to St. Juan Diego.


Though he did his best to carry out Mary’s request, Juan Diego was unable to convince Bishop Juan de Zumárraga of the authenticity of his claims. As Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac Hill, he must have been consumed by grief for this failure, and was perhaps even a little confused that Our Lady would not have intervened more directly.
Mary’s response is telling: rather than criticize Juan Diego, she encourages him to return to the Bishop. She encourages him to persevere.

Our failures do not make us useless before God, nor unlovable before our heavenly Mother. Indeed, God sanctifies us in our weakness, if only we turn to Him for the help of Divine Grace. Even our greatest weakness is the invitation to practice greater reliance on God.


My brothers and sisters in Christ, it is perseverance, not immediate perfection, that is the mark of Christian life on earth. We are born in Christ in Baptism to grow ever more fully in Him, to carry ever more faithfully and generously, with Him, the cross of pure and selfless love.


What failures are currently weighing on your soul?

Our Lady desires you to be reconciled with her Divine Son. Go to confession as soon as you are able and begin again on the pilgrim path upon which you set forth in Baptism and which will reach its destination in eternal life.


We are called to the same perseverance that St. Juan Diego displayed when he committed anew to carrying forward Our Lady’s mission. Let us ask Our Mother to intercede with God for us, that we may receive in abundance the grace of perseverance." (Here is the full text).




The Fourth Reflection dated April 23, 2024. The video link is here. (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


Let us continue to contemplate the importance of perseverance.


Though Saint Juan Diego failed to convince the Bishop that his claims were true, he did not let his failure
be the cause of despair. Instead, he dutifully followed the Virgin Mother of God’s instruction to return to Bishop Zumárraga.
The ability to recognize our failures with honesty and humility is, itself, a gift of grace, and indeed a sign of the healthy operation of our consciences. Indeed, the saints were keenly aware of their failures.

When we feel guilt, we should thank God that grace has spared us (at least in this moment) from the errors of a lax or dulled conscience, a condition which seems to afflict so many, in a particularly insidious way, in our times.
When we fail, do we let our pride intervene by supposing we can conquer sin?

Or do we turn to God for help? And when we ask for help, do we demand results immediately?
Or are we willing to persevere in God’s plan for our eternal salvation? Let us honestly reflect on these questions.


As St. Juan Diego learned, the fruits of Our Lady’s intercession are not always immediately apparent. But they are real, and they are powerful. Let us continue to ask Our Mother to obtain for us all the good and holy things we desire, according to God’s plan for us. (Here is the full text).




The Fifth Reflection dated May 12, 2024. The video link is here. (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


"As the second month of our Nine-Month Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe concludes, and as we, today, officially begin the third month, let us thank God and Our Lady for the grace of perseverance which that Our Lord, through the maternal mediation of Our Lady, has given to us so that we mightfight the good fight,finish the race, and keep the Faith (cf. 2 Tim. 4, 7).


Our Lady commissioned Saint Juan Diego to be her heroic messenger, just as she commissions us today to lead others to Christ by handing on to them the truths of the Faith and its beauty in the life of prayer and, above all, of divine worship. However, after Bishop Juan de Zumárraga’s initial skeptical reaction to Saint Juan Diego’s account of Our Lady’s desire, Saint Juan Diego considered himself to be unworthy of the mission that the Mother of God had entrusted into his hands. Saint Juan Diego was always docile and obedient, but, at the same time, he doubted that he could do all that God was asking of him.

When the work seemed particularly difficult, he thought of reasons why the mission should be entrusted to someone else, and he even suggested to Our Lady that he was not the right person for her mission. Yet as a child is comforted by a mother’s love, so too, Saint Juan Diego found comfort in Our Lady’s words:

I will reward the care, the work and the fatigue that you have put into this for me (Nican Mopohua, no. 92).


Our Lord Himself teaches us that God reveals His will to the “childlike” (Mt 11, 25), to those who, like Him, are “meek and humble of heart” (Mt 11, 29), to those who recognize that all that they are and have comes from the hand of God and who, therefore, place all their trust in Him. He assures us that, if doing His will demands much labor and is burdensome, He will “give [us] rest” (Mt 11, 28). Using an image from farming to describe our work with Him for the salvation of the world, he encourages to “take [His] yoke” (Mt 11, 29) upon our shoulders. He declares: “For my yoke is easy, and my burden light” (Mt 11, 30).

In our daily struggle to be faithful and generous co-workers with Christ in His saving work, let us call upon the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her heroic messenger, Saint Juan Diego, even as we seek to follow their example. Christ will never fail us. He will render efficacious for our salvation and the salvation of the world our every good thought, word, and deed. When we are tempted to give up in the battle, let us bear in mind Our Lady’s words to Saint Juan Diego for they are motherly words which will comfort and encourage us as well: “I will reward the care, the work and the fatigue that you have put into this for me.”





The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Purest Heart of Saint Joseph,

pray for us!