Our Lady of Many Titles
We are at a crossroads in America and in fact the world! The fact of the matter is that we are in trouble, we are morally bankrupt, in our domestic life and in our public life! However we have the solution, and hope because we have a Heavenly Mother and an Eternal Father of All Mankind who cares for their children! God has provided a plan from the moment he created us and from the moment we fell in the Garden of Eden! The Eternal Father sent a new Eve, Mother Mary and a new Adam, Jesus, and they are calling their children to a path of righteousness, peace and eternal happiness! When St. Peter walked on water he only began to sink when he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the storm! We have the victory in our hands, pick up the Holy Rosary, go to the sacraments frequently, especially confession and the Eucharist in the Holy Mass!
Our Blessed Mother has come to call her children to the Eternal Father under many titles but for now we are focusing on the above titles because they specifically are related to the United States!
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the empress and protectress of the Americas. Pope John Paul II called her and The Light of the New Evangelization. In 1979 Pope John Paul II made his first pilgrimage to Mexico and consecrated his papacy to Our Lady of Guadalupe. In 1999, he made his fourth pilgrimage there and consecrated the entire continent to her and declared that the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother and Evangelizer of America, be celebrated through- out the continent on December 12th. John Paul II delivered a summary of the historic first All-American Bishops’ Synod at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
He proclaimed Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Mother of All America. “Now is the time”, he said, “of the New Evangelization to lead the People of God in America to cross the threshold of the third millennium with renewed hope.” He entrusted to her, as the Star of the New Evangelization, the “future path of the Church on the great continent of America.” He referred to America in the singular to emphasize the call to all Americans to unity and solidarity. As he looked at an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Holy Father said, “Now, as we prepare for the Great Jubilee Year 2000, I ask her to visit as a pilgrim of faith of each and every diocese, parish and family in America. May she cross this continent bringing it life, sweetness and hope! May she enliven and protect the work of the New Evangelization!” The Church must pro- claim the Gospel of Life and speak out with prophetic force against the culture of death. This is our cry: life with dignity for all...The time has come to banish once and for all from the Continent every attack against life...As a matter of urgency, we must stir up a new springtime of holiness on the Continent so that action and contemplation will go hand in hand!"
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Our Lady of Prompt Succor Patroness of Louisiana. She helped to win the Battle of New Orleans and saved the city and convent from ravaging fire! Let us imitate Sr. Anthony during the fire of New Orleans! Sr. Anthony hurried to the window on the second floor of the Ursiline Convent. She set the statue on the sill facing the fire, then knelt and prayed with great confidence: "Oh Lady of Prompt Succor, save us or we are lost!"
At that very instant the wind veered and the flames were blown back over their path of destruction and soon died out. ANNIVERSARY, THANKSGIVING MASS THAT HAS BEEN CELEBRATED SINCE THE VICTORY, IS ON JAN. 8TH, 4 PM AT SHRINE IN NEW ORLEANS.
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Our Lady of America Sister Mildred said that Our Lady called herself “Our Lady of America” in response to the love and desire that reached out for this special title in the hearts of her children in America. This title is a sign of Our Lady’s pleasure in the devotion of her children of America towards her, and her visit was a response to the longing, conscious or unconscious, in the hearts of her children in America. Learn more here at Roman Catholic Man
Please call on your Mother in Heaven and her Son, Jesus daily by the means of the Holy Rosary, fasting and frequent reception of the sacraments!
By Tricia Parsons, Editor
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