The Virgin Of Guadalupe Will Accompany The Church In The New Evangelization!

“Our Lady Is Calling Us To Greater Faith, Greater Hope, And Greater Love”

From: EWTN News/CNA

By: Benjamin Mann (with editing)

The Virgin Mary will accompany the Church in the New Evangelization, just as she did during the first preaching of the Gospel in the Americas, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told around 100,000 devotees at the Aug. 5 Guadalupe Celebration.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe is calling us today, my brothers and sisters,” the archbishop said in his keynote address to one of the largest Catholic gatherings in U.S. history at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. “She is calling us to greater faith, to greater love, to greater hope.”

“She is calling us to dedicate our lives to the loving plan of God. To everything for his glory,” he said, stressing the Virgin Mary’s message to honor God “in our homes, in our families, in our neighborhoods and communities, in our political life.”

“Let’s ask Our Lady of Guadalupe – the bright star of the first evangelization and the Mother of the New Evangelization – to help us all to be better instruments of the love of God, so that everyone in our world may come to love him,” the archbishop told the coliseum crowd.

On display at the celebration, for veneration by the faithful, was the only U.S.-based relic of the Tilma of Guadalupe – the saint’s garment that was imprinted with a miraculous image of the Virgin.

Though that image has become an unmistakable part of Hispanic culture, its meaning transcends ethnic and geographical boundaries, as Archbishop Gomez stressed in his keynote address.

“Our Lady of Guadalupe is not only the Mother of the people of Mexico,” the Los Angeles Church leader observed. “She is the Mother of all the peoples of the Americas! She is the New Eve. She is the Mother of all the living!”

He pointed out that Mary’s message to St. Juan Diego, given at the now-famous Tepeyac Hill, is the same Gospel message that the Church proclaims to all nations and peoples.

“My brothers and sisters, we are all children of Our Lady’s mission at Tepeyac! All of us! We are all Guadalupanos!” 

As she appeared to St. Juan Diego, Mary announced herself as both “the mother of the true God” and “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.”

St. Juan Diego, an indigenous peasant and Catholic convert, “heard her voice and carried out the will of God,” Archbishop Gomez recalled. Nine million Mexicans are said to have become Catholic in the seven years that followed the apparition.

Present-day believers, in Mexico and elsewhere, “received the gift of faith because our ancestors kept our faith alive and passed it on to us – through generations and generations, even in the darkest times,” Archbishop Gomez observed.

To illustrate this devotion to the faith, and the international nature of the Guadalupe message, he told the story of Blessed Maria Ines Teresa Arias.

Beatified last April in Mexico City, the 20th century blessed fled Mexico during the time of the Cristero War – “when it was a crime to believe in Jesus Christ and to want to worship him,” Archbishop Gomez noted.

Having joined the Poor Clare sisters in Mexico City, Maria Ines came to the U.S. in 1929, receiving her habit as a novice in Los Angeles. On the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1930, she had a mystical experience in which she heard the Virgin Mary promise to accompany her in doing God’s work.

Though she returned to Mexico in 1931, “she heard her missionary calling here,” the L.A. archbishop recalled.

Bl. Maria Ines founded the Poor Clare Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, sending women to proclaim the Gospel through consecrated life in 14 countries.

She charged her sisters “to carry the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, so that she – through her maternal tenderness –  would bring her Divine Son to live in the hearts of those who hunger for God without knowing it.”

“Jesus Christ wants to make use of us. Just as he made use of St. Juan Diego. Just as he made use of Blessed María Ines,” he reflected. “He wants us to be apostles and missionaries. And Our Lady of Guadalupe will accompany us in all our endeavors.”

“My brothers and sisters, now it is our turn. The mission of Tepeyac continues today. It continues in you and me! Our Lady of Guadalupe is counting on us now!”

Stop Resorting To Abortion, Birth Control, In Vitro Fertilization and Divorce

Archbishop Gomez Urges CA Catholics To Oppose 2 Anti-Family Bills

  • Bill # 1 – would let children 12 and under decide for themselves to get vaccines or take other medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Bill # 2 – Senate Bill 48, would require school textbooks to teach about the sexual orientations of figures in American history.
Archbishop José H. Gomez

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Written by Archbishop José H. Gomez  – There was a time not too long ago, when American society encouraged family values and tried to strengthen the bonds of parents and children. Recent events in our state and nation remind us that’s not always the case anymore.

The family is God’s first beautiful gift to us. Because each one of us came into this world as the fruit of a mother and a father’s love.  This married love is the heart of every true family. In this love, we see the heart of God who is Love.

The Spanish missionaries who brought the faith to this country made paintings depicting the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph being watched over by the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The family on earth is meant to be a mirror of the Trinity, God’s divine “family” in heaven. God intends the family to be our first school of love, holiness and commitment. In the family, we learn who we are — and who God has created us to be.

The family is vital in God’s plan for our personal lives. And the family is vital for our country.

America is not only a nation of individuals. Every individual comes from a family. The family is the original human community. Blessed John Paul II liked to call the family “the vital cell of society.”

America needs strong families to nurture the values and virtues we need to live as a free and just people.

But last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it harder for American parents.

The Court’s decision in Brown vs. Entertainment Merchants Association involved a 2005 California law that banned the sale of violent video games to minors. The Court said the law violated video game makers’ rights to freedom of speech.

That may be true. However as a pastor, I found myself more sympathetic to Justice Clarence Thomas’s dissenting opinion.

Justice Thomas said that America’s founders would find it “absurd” to say that freedom of speech includes “a right to speak to minors … without going through the minors’ parents.”

He puts his finger on a big problem in our society today. Young people are often treated as a “target audience” for corporate and media messages that by-pass parents and undermine parental authority and moral values.

Young people are often treated as a “target audience” for corporate and media messages that by-pass parents and undermine parental authority and moral values.

In his dissent, Justice Thomas offers a kind of “mini-history” lesson. He explains how important the family was in the thinking of America’s founders. He explains how our government has always respected the role of the family and worked to strengthen parents’ authority and rights.

Unfortunately, trends in our country — and in our state — seem to be moving in the opposite direction.

Right now, there are two bills in the California legislature that our state’s bishops believe represent a dangerous government intrusion into parents’ rights.

The first, Assembly Bill 499, would let children 12 and under decide for themselves to get vaccines or take other medications to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

This would undermine parents’ duty to educate their children in moral values. It also violates parents’ rights to be responsible for their children’s physical and spiritual well being.

By passing this bill, in effect, government would be encouraging young people to engage in activities that are contrary to their parents’ moral values — and then to lie about it or keep it secret from their parents.

Children are not mature enough to think through the consequences of complicated medical decisions. This legislation would have children face these decisions without parental guidance — and under pressure from adults and corporate interests that have financial and other motives to promote these medications.

A second bill, Senate Bill 48, would require school textbooks to teach about the sexual orientations of figures in American history. This amounts to the government rewriting history books based on pressure-group politics. It is also another example of the government interfering with parents’ rights to be their children’s primary educators.

The California State Catholic Conference is urging that both of these bills be rejected.

As we pray for one another this week, let us commit ourselves to promoting the God-given rights of parents and families in California and in our country.

Let us work to become a people who no longer resort to abortion, birth control, in vitro fertilization and divorce. Let us build a future for our nation in which children grow up in families based on God’s law and the natural law.

And let us ask Mary, the Queen of the Family, to help us win the grace we need to stand up for parents and the family in our day.
To learn more about AB 499 and SB 99, see the California Catholic Conference’s “Action Alerts”at: http://capwiz.com/cacatholic/home/.