Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Some words -- and a song! -- from Padre Diego about Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Peruvian missionary and singer Padre Diego has offered his Facebook friends a lovely reflection on Our Lady of Guadalupe on her feast day today, which I'm taking the liberty of sharing with you, followed by my own translation of his words into English...followed by a video of one of Padre Diego's many songs to Our Lady. Do check out Padre Diego's website for more of his music and reflections. -- RG

Padre Diego:

Hoy el Pueblo latinoamericano celebra la fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, madre y patrona de nuestros pueblos.

Mujer madre, de rostro Indio, virgen morena, de nuestra propia raza, mujer campesina, madre amorosa a la que acudimos para fortalecer nuestra esperanza. El evangelio nos pone en contacto con un relato que evidencia la presencia de la maternidad de Dios.

La visita de María a Isabel es una gran lección de solidaridad, de fe y de alegría por las cosas que Dios ha hecho y cómo las ha hecho.

La generosidad de María con Isabel muestra la manera cómo ella ha entendido la misión que Dios le ha encomendado. La fe de María, exaltada por Isabel, es una manifestación del amor y la responsabilidad con la que María asume su papel en la obra de la salvación. Ella es destinataria de la dicha, de la alegría de Dios.

Hoy como cristianos estamos llamados también a participar del plan de Dios, viviendo con generosidad al servicio de los hermanos más necesitados. La fe no se cultiva sólo en el culto; se robustece, ante todo, con la práctica de la solidaridad.

Translation:

Today the Latin American people celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, mother and patroness of our peoples.

A woman, a mother with an indigenous face, brown-skinned virgin of our own race, a peasant woman, loving mother to whom we go to strengthen our hope. The gospel puts us in touch with a story that shows the presence of the motherhood of God.

Mary's visit to Elizabeth is a great lesson in solidarity, faith, and joy because of the things God has done and how He has done them.

Mary's generosity towards Elizabeth shows how well she understood the mission that God entrusted to her. Mary's faith, exalted by Elizabeth, is a manifestation of the loving responsibility with which Mary takes on her role in the work of salvation. She is the recipient of God's blessing and joy.

Today, we as Christians are also called to participate in God's plan, generously living at the service of our neediest brothers and sisters. Faith isn't nurtured only through worship; it becomes stronger, above all, through the practice of solidarity.

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