PRAYER

of the nine-month novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

March 12 - Dec 12, 2024

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We are now in our third month on our fourteenth round of the Nine-Month-Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

If you want to read and reflect over the messages from Cardinal Burke, you can click here

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



Quick link to the novena prayer




Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke sent us a message in June, with a simple and straight to the point :


SHE IS YOUR MOTHER



At the end of June, in his second reflection, the Cardinal included this message:

Our Lady does not propose some idea or some political action to address the various crises facing man. No, she proposes a person—the person of her Divine Son. She proposes the most intimate union of heart with Him as the only way to obtain mercy and ultimately eternal life. She tells Juan Diego that Christ is in fact her “compassionate gaze,” even as He is her “help,” her “salvation.”

 

In this way, too, she shows us that He, Jesus Christ, is the help that we are to offer to the world and to the Church in a time of great turmoil. As much as is possible, we desire that all people will see the face of Christ and be drawn to Him Who alone can save them.



This is His Eminence's Eighth Reflection dated June 25, 2024. Click on the video link here or read it here

(by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):



"Am I not here, I who have the honor to be your mother? Are you not in my shadow and under my protection? Am I not the source of your joy?

Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?

Do you need anything more?


Our Lady spoke these most consoling words to Juan Diego at a deeply sorrowful moment. Juan Diego had failed to meet our Lady’s request, and his uncle, Juan Bernardino, whom he loved dearly, was near death.
We are reminded through the tradition of Holy Mother Church that Our Lady was no stranger to sorrow: the Church names seven particular sorrows of Mary, and praying the Rosary draws us into contemplation of five Sorrowful Mysteries in which she participated with all her heart.
We know, too, that her Son, Our Lord, also felt great sorrow. We read in Scripture that Jesus wept over Jerusalem, that he wept at the death of Lazarus, that he perspired blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. And we know from the studies of the Word of God by the Church Fathers that Christ felt the full weight of sorrow for our sins during His Passion and Death.
We will never escape sorrow in this world: indeed, Our Lady followed Our Lord’s will perfectly, and even she was beset by sorrows that we cannot imagine.
But we must never let this sorrow devolve into fear, nor into despair.
We must embrace sorrow as an opportunity to grow closer to Christ, to offer up our suffering and thereby unite our lives more closely with His. Does He not teach us that to be one with Him we must take up our cross daily and follow Him?
And if the suffering in this world ever grows so great that we feel we cannot bear it, we must not hesitate, even for a moment, to call out to Our Blessed Mother, who will not fail to keep us safe “in the hollow of her mantle, in the crossing of her arms.”





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 Rick Heilman, March, 2024



Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe

(normally between Dec 3--12)



July 7, 2024:    Day 118.
(this is our fourteenth nine-days-novena of the nine-month-novena).


July 8:   Day 119.


July 9:   Day 120.


July 10:  Day 121.


July 11:  Day 122.


July 12:  Day 123.


July 13:   Day 124.


July 14:   Day 125.


July 15:   Day 126.



July 7


- Day 118 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.




July 8


- Day 119 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.




July 9


- Day 120 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.




July 10


- Day 121 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.




July 11


- Day 122 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.




July 12


- Day 123 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.



July 13


- Day 124 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.


July 14


- Day 125 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here.

July 15


- Day 126 -





+ 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 may pray the Rosary after the novena,

(and it is possible to pray a litany thereafter).


If you want to pray recommended daily litany instead of a Rosary click here.


For the one who just wants to pray the Loreto litany instead, click here


Commander Cross Rosary also offers these optional prayers:
Your daily Rosary which also offer a litany at the end.

or

a recommended daily litany here below:



Monday: Litany of Humility


Tuesday: Litany of St. Michael the Archangel


Wednesday: Litany of St. Joseph


Thursday: Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus


Friday: Litany of Sacred Heart of Jesus


Saturday: Litany of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


Sunday: Litany of Blessed Sacrament

 




During Lent, the Step-by-Step Rosary community only prays the Sorrowful Mystery

and you can of course pray the Rosary either before or after the novena.


Between Easter Sunday and Pentecost, we only pray the Glorious Mysteries.


After Pentecost, we go back to the traditional structure of the Rosary.



"It is my great joy to announce that, in addition to the modern languages into which the Official Prayer for the Nine-Month Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe has been translated, it has also been translated into Latin, the ancient and ever contemporary universal language of the Church. With this brief letter, I happily present to you the Latin text of the Official Prayer. Some may ask why it is important to translate the Official Prayer into the Latin language. Sadly, over the past several decades, the importance of the Latin language for the life of the Church has not been sufficiently taught and observed. Thanks be to God, in more recent times, there is a growing interest in the study of Latin, especially among young Catholics. In any case, the distinct service of the Latin language to the life of the Church must be restored. Since the Nine-Month Novena is offered to the universal Church, embracing many nations and a great multiplicity of languages, it is fittingly presented in Latin which linguistically embodies the unity of all members of the Mystical Body of Christ throughout the world, as it has done from the earliest centuries of the Church.


People in the United States alone communicate in more than 350 languages. In Canada, it is nearly 200; in Central America, over 500; in South America, an estimated 1,500 languages are spoken. The Nine-Month Novena is an occasion for faithful of all the different languages to pray with one heart and one voice. Even as Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of all America – South, Central, and North America – and of all nations, we pray, through her intercession, in the language which is common to us all in the Church.


In his Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America, Pope Saint John Paul II recognized the need for greater unity among the many nations which constitute the Church in America. The final line in his Prayer to Our Lord Jesus Christ for the families of America asks:


Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us!”


He reminds us that Our Lady is Mother of All America, Mother of all our countries and cultures, Mother of all our different languages. Praying the Official Novena Prayer in Latin, as it has done for the prayer of the universal Church throughout the Christian centuries, gives distinct expression to the unity of the Church on the American continent." Cardinal Burke March 18, 2024.



Messages and Reflections from Cardinal Burke


Nine Month Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe



Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke sends us the following 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."




His Eminence wrote initially in his 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."



The first lesson 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)



Here is our current 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).




Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke sent us an 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."


His Eminence's reflections can be read by clicking here.




He has also sent us 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 Sixth Reflection dated May 28, 2024. The video link is here. (by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


"Let us continue to reflect on the Third Apparition, and on the Bishop’s request that St.
Juan Diego present a sign.


Our Lord calls “blessed” those who have not seen and still believe. And yet, in His
mercy, Our Lord accords us an abundance of signs of His love, so that we may grow in
ever greater love for Him. The tilma upon which God miraculously imprinted the image of
Our Lady for us, her children, is one such sign, a truly remarkable sign of His love.


Let us take a moment to examine the signs God has given to each of us.


Have we allowed our souls to grow dulled and jaded by the myopia of materialism that
pervades our society? Or do we believe that God shows signs of His Love for us each
and every day?


Are we putting the Lord Our God to the test by demanding exact results according to our
own, limited understanding? Or do we work to appreciate God’s grace according to our
present station in life?


We should know and believe that, even if we are struggling to see the signs God has
shown to us, we can always turn to the wonder and love that are available to us here
and now in the miracle of the Sacraments through which God the Son Incarnate acts
directly to sanctify us, to bestow immeasurably and unceasingly upon us His grace and
life. He is offering His mercy right now in the sacramental encounter with Him in
Confession. He is offering His very life – His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Holy
Eucharist.


Our Lady leads us to love ever more and more Her Divine Son. So, I implore you: as we
continue in this novena of nine months, set aside more time to spend in adoration before
the Most Blessed Sacrament, reposed in the tabernacle or exposed for us in the
monstrance. The Sacred Host is the greatest sign of God’s love, which we have; may
our love for Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament grow livelier and stronger each and
every day"





This is His Eminence's Seventh Reflection dated June 12, 2024. Click on the video link here or read it here

(by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):


"Great are the difficulties we are called to face in the Church and in the world. When such difficulties seem overwhelming, prayer might appear to be one more difficulty, but that is a snare of Satan. The truth is that prayer, which is a union of our hearts with the glorious pierced Heart of Jesus, is the balm of all our burdens. The great test of our total dedication to the mission that we have taken up is to persevere for six more months as we pray for the conversion of the world. "


"Our Lady brought great comfort to Saint Juan Diego when he faced uncertainty. We, too, receive Our Lady’s assurance in those same encouraging words: What afflicted you is nothing; do not let it disturb you; do not fear; she is here; she is your mother; she protects you; she is the source of your joy; she is holding you. Our Lady’s words of comfort to Juan Diego are words that should comfort us as well whenever we experience the temptation to doubt the importance and immediacy of carrying out all that Our Lady desires and has asked of us."



This month, let us reflect on the Fourth Apparition of Our Lady to St. Juan Diego.


In an effort to attend to his gravely ill uncle, St. Juan Diego did not meet Our Lady’s request to return to Tepeyac Hill. He must have felt great shame for this, for he took a detour to avoid Our Lady as he made his way to bring the priest to his dying uncle. Of course, there is no outwitting Our Blessed Mother, who descended from Tepeyac to meet Juan Diego as he was taking this detour.


Let us take a moment to reflect on Our Lady’s words, perhaps the most famous from these apparitions. Instead of scolding Juan Diego, she consoles him. Our Lady knows, too, all that worries us; with her words to Saint Juan Diego, she is also speaking to us, nearly 500 years later, so that we may also take comfort in them.

Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest son, that what frightened you, what afflicted you is nothing; do not let it disturb your face, your heart; do not fear this sickness or any other sickness, nor any sharp or hurtful thing. Am I not here, I who have the honor to be your mother? Are you not in my shadow and under my protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more?


My brothers and sisters in Christ, there is nothing else that we need.


Let us fly to the protection of our Heavenly Mother. Let us bring to her all that causes us to fear. And let
us be one in heart with her Immaculate Heart which is ever one with the will of God and through which, in all things, she brings us ever closer to Him Who alone is our salvation."




This is His Eminence's Eighth Reflection dated June 25, 2024. Click on the video link here or read it here

(by Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke):



"Am I not here, I who have the honor to be your mother? Are you not in my shadow and under my protection? Am I not the source of your joy?

Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?

Do you need anything more?


Our Lady spoke these most consoling words to Juan Diego at a deeply sorrowful moment. Juan Diego had failed to meet our Lady’s request, and his uncle, Juan Bernardino, whom he loved dearly, was near death.
We are reminded through the tradition of Holy Mother Church that Our Lady was no stranger to sorrow: the Church names seven particular sorrows of Mary, and praying the Rosary draws us into contemplation of five Sorrowful Mysteries in which she participated with all her heart.
We know, too, that her Son, Our Lord, also felt great sorrow. We read in Scripture that Jesus wept over Jerusalem, that he wept at the death of Lazarus, that he perspired blood in the Garden of Gethsemane. And we know from the studies of the Word of God by the Church Fathers that Christ felt the full weight of sorrow for our sins during His Passion and Death.
We will never escape sorrow in this world: indeed, Our Lady followed Our Lord’s will perfectly, and even she was beset by sorrows that we cannot imagine.
But we must never let this sorrow devolve into fear, nor into despair.
We must embrace sorrow as an opportunity to grow closer to Christ, to offer up our suffering and thereby unite our lives more closely with His. Does He not teach us that to be one with Him we must take up our cross daily and follow Him?
And if the suffering in this world ever grows so great that we feel we cannot bear it, we must not hesitate, even for a moment, to call out to Our Blessed Mother, who will not fail to keep us safe “in the hollow of her mantle, in the crossing of her arms.”




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

pray for us!