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.

What the Transfiguration Makes Us Hope

If in Galilee five thousand people could follow him into the desert forgetting time and hunger because they were so fascinated by his personality, what will be in store for us when we shall see him in his risen glory, the fairest of men, the best of friends, the most humble of all masters, he the changeless one!

We shall be united also with his mother and all his friends in a most intimate friendship. We shall be able to converse with Peter, John, Moses, and other greats of Christianity. We shall find those millions and millions of saints, each mirroring the eternal God in another way. Then there will be the myriad of angels, and our own guardian angel!

And all our friends and relatives, husbands, children, and wives will all be together-together in God! We shall remain the individuals we have been here on earth, but the possibilities which were created into us shall now find fulfillment. And nothing will any more disturb our complete oneness with God. In him we shall know all other things. In him we shall meet his other children. Nothing will ever draw our attention away from him. And all this, forever and ever. With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Pt 3:8). Yes, truly, as we read the Holy Scriptures we who know Jesus as our Savior should praise him and leap for joy at the thought of such a glorious forever.


Maria von Trapp († 1987), with her children and stepchildren, the Trapp Family Singers, inspired the musical and film The Sound of Music.