Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Back in my parish in San Marcos CA, the celebrations today are out-of-control and over-the-top. My old parish, St. Mark’s, (St. Mark’s; San Marcos; get it?) was about one third Mexican. They went all out for this feast day. I grew to love it.
I went to Mass this morning feeling sorry for myself. No flowers. No portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe surrounded with Christmas lights. No cute little boys dressed as Juan Diego. sigh.
Then, Fr. Trey Ange gave his homily: one giant appreciation for the Mother of God.
On the eve of the Queenship of Mary, North America was treated to a solar eclipse. Coincidence?
A week later, Hurricane Harvey was predicted to hit landfall in Louisiana. Harvey had already devastated Houston and Beaumont. It lost strength over Louisiana.
The Catholic Church in Sulphur, Louisiana, is called Our Lady of Prompt Succor. She is the patroness of Louisiana, and of New Orleans. She protected the City during the War of 1812. Her protection is invoked against hurricanes.
Hurricane Harvey just happened to dissipate in the vicinity of her church, in a town called Sulphur. Huh. What a coincidence.
And just to top it off, we had snow in Lake Charles. Not a blizzard. But a lovely, cheerful, fun snow day. Or should I say, Sneaux Day. On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Click here to get in the spirit of a Cajun Christmas.
You can believe what you want to believe. I believe the Mother of God is taking care of us.
I believe I will entrust my work to her protection.