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Saint Daniel the Prophet
Saint Daniel the Prophet
Saint Daniel the Prophet
Saint Daniel the Prophet

Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother and gain for our nation and world,
And for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
That we may be spared the worst of this illness.
For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
Wipe away their tears and help them to trust
In this time of trial and testing
teach all of us in the Church to love one another
and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
Knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
Health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
Keep us in the embrace of your arms,
Help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus.


Mothers’ Arms

Carrie Gress

Men’s and women’s arms align differently. A man’s arms, when stretched out in a ninety-degree angle from the body, palms up, lay out straight, but a woman’s arms are slightly curved. The curve allows women to cradle a baby well. This important difference became clear to me when my husband developed tendonitis in his elbows with the arrival of each new child because of the many hours he spent holding them. Of course, the female body accommodates the carrying of children in the womb. At its core, motherhood involves years of actually carrying children.

Ancient symbols for women reflect this aspect of carrying—symbols such as a ship, an oven, and vessels. This is why ships are named after women and referred to as “she.” The symbolism is rich in the Church, also called “she,” the bride of Christ. The part of a church that holds the people is called the nave (from the Latin word for ship).

Every woman is called to spiritual motherhood, and an essential piece of mothering is holding others—not only physically, as a mother holds an infant, but also in a spiritual sense. Women have a deep and beautiful capacity to take others into our hearts, to pray, love, and care for them, and to help them to become better than they were before—even those we have never met. It is this idea of holding that helps us to decipher what the ideal woman was doing when she “pondered these things in her heart.”

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