Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Guadalupe Triduum ~ Day Two

On Juan Diego's tilma/ the Lady stands in front of the sun/ which was worshipped as a god by the Aztecs./ We pray to be freed of anything we have allowed to supersede or replace God./ We pray to the Lord.

The Lady on Juan Diego's tilma is taking a step./ We pray to be Christians in motion,/ persons who carry a message of life and hope to those who are alone,/ insecure,/ afraid or exploited./ We pray to the Lord.

The Lady of Juan Diego's tilma stands on a crescent moon./ It is the moon in its beginning phase./ We pray to begin again when we have forgotten or failed God,/ ourselves or others./ We pray to the Lord.

The colors of the tilma are vibrant and fresh./ We pray not to cast every person,/ problem or human dilemma in terms of black and white,/ but to see the world and God's presence in it,/ in their colors/ and even colors which change./ We pray to the Lord.

The roses of Tepeyac were rich in fragrance./ We pray to leave the fragrance of Christ wherever we go:/ his gentle kindness,/ his capacity to lift others up,/ his patience with weakness./ We pray to the Lord.

Juan Diego and his people were indigenous to Mexico:/ a defeated people./ We call to mind those we know and care for/ who perhaps are defeated by addiction,/ age,/ depression,/ sickness or sorrow/ asking for their consolation and strength./ We pray to the Lord.

In the miracle of the roses,/ flowers bloom in winter./ We ask to be a people of hope:/ persons who believe still in God/ who can bring beauty,/ reconciliation and life out of what is seemingly dead or without promise./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. I believe in the hope that Our Lady of Guadalupe brings. She shows us that she is there for us, caring about us even as we feel faithless and small.

  2. I love this picture of Our Lady covering Juan Diego with tender compassion. I have never seen any depiction of this moment before. I get such a feeling of protective love when I looK at it.

  3. Yes, Juan Diego belonged to a defeated people. He was the victim of empire. And She appeared, not to the emperor or the governor or any representative of that empire, not even the local bishop, but to him, Juan Diego, who called himself, "The tail on the dog, the bottom rung on the ladder, a leaf." She is teaching us. Do we get it?

  4. Mary brings all peoples into the life of the church and helps us to see how much God appreciates us no matter how small or unworthy we might feel. He wants us to be confident of His love. Mary seems to come to the small, most times.