Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Intercessions for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

A little angel with colored wings lifts up the Lady on Juan Diego's tilma./ We ask for our families/ and all who live in the Americas/ to be lifted up/ in faith,/ hope and love./ We pray to the Lord.

Let us not forget Maria,/ Juan Diego's wife./ We pray for the women of the world who have others in their care./ And for women who suffer abuse,/ exploitation,/ indignity or insufficiency./ We pray to the Lord.

Millions of people travel to Mexico each year to venerate the tilma of Our Lady at Tepeyac./ We pray to honor each other deeply/ as Mary's Child,/ who has come among us at Bethlehem,/ gives each human person a new dignity./ We pray to the Lord.

It is a difficult climb to the chapel at the top of Mount Tepeyac./ We pray for those for whom life seems all uphill,/ asking for them,/ new resolve,/ strength and support./ We pray to the Lord.

The face of the Virgin Mary on the tilma is indigenous and very beautiful./ We ask to see the divine in each  human face:/ in the faces of newcomers,/ and those who do not reflect the world's idea of beauty;/ faces marred by tears,/ fear or hard toil./ We pray to the Lord.

The Guadalupe account is filled with bird song and flowers./ We ask forgiveness where we have destroyed our paradise-world,/ spoiling its balance by greed and foolishness./ We ask for the intelligence and will to protect what remains./ We pray to the Lord.

The Virgin of Guadalupe wears a high belt/ suggesting her pregnancy./ We ask that every child would be wanted,/ welcomed and loved - holding most deeply in our prayer/ the children in the womb with special needs and challenges./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. May Our Lady intercede for all those who have stories untold. Those who need assistance and cannot ask. Those who live in fear and do not get help. Those who desperately need our prayers but remain unknown to us in our lives. Our Lady of Guadalupe knows all these things and can spread our prayers of love where it is needed most.

  2. Thank you dear Father for your thoughtful and loving intentions on this beautiful day. Lillian.

  3. Its an unexpected day of warmth here on Long Island. Geraniums are blooming, new shoots are growing from the already dead plants. I like to think in my heart that The Guadalupe has come in a special way this year, a time of such unrest. Many people are not aware The Guadalupe is the pregnant Mary. I was glad you mentioned it. Happy Feast Day, Father. You always hit the mark.

  4. Happy Feast Day to you as well. But we do need snow too - that's how the Pine Barrens replenish and Long Island continues to have water. But for today - "flowers and bird song" are in order.