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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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A blessed Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe to all!

For our readers, a wonderful article on this great miracle of Our Lady(originally posted on sspx.org):

“I am your mother”: Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 11, 2014

As a good and solicitous mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, protects her children.

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is observed in the United States of America on December 12th, commemorating as a third class feast the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Juan Diego in December 1531 and the subsequent miracle of her image being impressed upon his tilma (a rough cloak woven from vegetable fibers).

This miraculous image spoke to the Aztecs in their symbolic—or glyphic—language on many levels. But primarily the imagery showed who the Lady of Tepeyac was and her power exemplified by being “clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” This important symbolism was further confirmed by the name she gave to Juan Diego’s in his Nahuatl tongue, “Coatlaxopeuh“—rendered in Spanish as “Guadalupe“—meaning “the one who crushes the serpent“—here not just in reference the Devil, but a specific Aztecan deity.

The results of this singular miracle was nothing less than miraculous itself as the native Indians of Mexico began to convert to the One, True Catholic Faith by the millions. Previously these varied peoples had suffered under the scourge of the Aztec religion, one of the bloodiest forms of paganism known to mankind (for example, the human sacrifice of over 10,000 in a single day to dedicate a new temple).

Remarking on the tilma‘s imagery, Our Lady radiates peace and serenity with her consoling demeanor and posture, yet with a calm strength she overwhelms the violent and bloodthirsty gods of the Aztecs, vividly demonstrated by her blocking out the sun god and standing upon the moon god, the pagan religion’s two most powerful deities.

The solicitude expressed on the face of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the souls of all Americans (whether they reside in the regions of the North, Central or South)—thus the appropriateness of her title as “Empress of the Americas” is perhaps even more profoundly comprehended when we consider her consoling words to Juan Diego summarized as: “Trust in me: I am your mother“.


“I am your mother”

The following words of Our Lady of Guadalupe have been extracted from the Nican Mopohua, a 16th century historical account of the apparitions and miraculous event written in Nahuatl by Antonio Valeriano. These words of the Blessed Virgin Mary were spoken to Juan Diego over the course of several days. The historical context has been omitted so the reader may concentrate on Holy Mother’s consoling message of solicitude.

First apparition; December 9

Juanito, dearest Juan Diego.

Juanito, my dearest son, where are you going?

Know and understand well, you my most humble son, that I am the ever-virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth. I wish that a temple be erected here quickly, so I may therein exhibit and give all my love, compassion, help, and protection, because I am your merciful mother, to you, and to all the inhabitants on this land and all the rest who love me, invoke and confide in me; listen there to their lamentations, and remedy all their miseries, afflictions and sorrows. And to accomplish what my clemency pretends, go to the palace of the bishop of Mexico, and you will say to him that I manifest my great desire, that here on this plain a temple be built to me; you will accurately relate all you have seen and admired, and what you have heard. Be assured that I will be most grateful and will reward you, because I will make you happy and worthy of recompense for the effort and fatigue in what you will obtain of what I have entrusted. Behold, you have heard my mandate, my humble son; go and put forth all your effort.”

Second apparition; December 9

Hark, my little son, you must understand that I have many servants and messengers, to whom I must entrust the delivery of my message, and carry my wish, but it is of precise detail that you yourself solicit and assist and that through your mediation my wish be complied. I earnestly implore, my son the least, and with sternness I command that you again go tomorrow and see the bishop. You go in my name, and make known my wish in its entirety that he has to start the erection of a temple which I ask of him. And again tell him that I, in person, the ever-virgin Holy Mary, Mother of God, sent you.”

Fourth apparition; December 12

Hear me and understand well, my little son, that nothing should frighten or grieve you. Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything. Do not be afflicted by the illness of your uncle, who will not die now of it. Be assured that he is now cured.

Climb, my dear son, to the top of the hill; there where you saw me and I gave you orders, you will find different flowers. Cut them, gather them, assemble them, then come and bring them before my presence.

My dear little son, this diversity of roses is the proof and the sign which you will take to the bishop. You will tell him in my name that he will see in them my wish and that he will have to comply to it. You are my ambassador, most worthy of all confidence. Rigorously I command you that only before the presence of the bishop will you unfold your mantle and disclose what you are carrying. You will relate all and well; you will tell that I ordered you to climb to the hilltop, to go and cut flowers; and all that you saw and admired, so you can induce the prelate to give his support, with the aim that a temple be built and erected as I have asked.”

To read further about the historical context of the miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we suggest the contemporaneous account of Bernal Diaz, The Conquest of New Spain. You can also read about some Jesuit missionary work in Black Robes in Paraguay, which was so successful that it led to a political crisis and the subsequent suppression of the order.

Lastly, have you ever heard of the lesser-known miraculous image and message of Our Lady of Quito from Ecuador in Central America? Was she referring to Archbishop Lefebvre and his priestly society when she spoke “of a prelate who will absolutely oppose this [20th century] wave of apostasy and impiety—saving the priesthood by forming good priests“? As Archbishop Lefebvre stated during his 1988 Episcopal Consecrations sermon:

I do not say that prophecy refers to me. You may draw your own conclusions. I was stupefied when reading these lines but I cannot deny them, since they are recorded and deposited in the archives of this apparition.”

Our Lady as the woman “who will crush the head of the serpent” is also the destroyer of all heresies and error and consoled by this truth of her motherly protection, we confidently approach her with the words: Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!

~ Steven C., “The Knight of Tradition”

Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery celebrates 25 years

 

 

On August 6, 2016, the Benedictines of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Silver City, New Mexico will be celebrating their 25th anniversary.  Bp. Bernard Fellay, SSPX, will be present to offer a Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving.  The monastery, which is itself affiliated with the SSPX, is one of few Benedictine communities in the world that has remained faithful to the traditional Mass.  I post for our readers below an SSPX.org article from 2010, which describes the glorious occasion of the canonical recognition of the monastery.

http://archives.sspx.org/archived_news/monastic_priory.htm

 

CANONICAL ERECTION
OF A BENEDICTINE PRIORY

You are a monk, you must remain a monk!”

This was the advice given by Archbishop Lefebvre to the young Fr. Cyprian who, having
left his Monastery of Sainte Madeleine du Barroux because of the Faith questioned the prelate about his future. Two years earlier, at the end of the ordinations ceremony in Econe, he had promised his fidelity, his hands in those of the Archbishop. It is this same fidelity that led him to found, on the other side of the world, a Benedictine monastery, on a mountain as it ought to be, in the wooded solitude of New Mexico. “We must attempt the impossible!”, was the testament received from the founder of the Society of St. Pius X two months before his death. And the impossible became a reality: the foundation of the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe.1

Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery in Silver City, NM

Herculean Labors

It took twenty years of efforts, sacrifices and prayers to make it to this Saturday, October 24, when the foundation was made a conventual priory: a decisive step in the establishment of a Benedictine monastery, “school for the service of the Lord”.2

This foundation is at the same time a final point and a beginning,” would comment Bishop de Galarreta before some 300 friends of the monastery assembled under the large tent set up for the occasion. “It is the fruit of much work, and of many sufferings and prayers, and it is a commitment to a greater fervor and fidelity.” Indeed, who can measure the sum of work of which the monastery, with its chapel, its library, its cloister, cells and refectory, is today the splendid accomplishment. The immense reservoir of water in the wells is without a doubt one of the most spectacular, and merits a whole page all to itself. From the discovery of a simple ditch presented as a well when the property was bought, to the 2600 feet drilling not to mention the two years of going back and forth to and from the city, regularly, rain or shine, to fill up the water tank.

Monastic cloister

Yet more mysterious and extraordinary is the transformation of the interior edifices, not only of the monks and numerous postulants, but also of the countless visitors and oblates who have passed through over the past two decades. If sufferings endured are the King’s secret, St. Paul himself authorizes us to list them as so many proofs of God’s greatness.

False brothers and critics, temptations and discouragements, deceptions and abandonments, accidents and illnesses have not been wanting! And even death herself, who came to take away the novice master, Fr. John of the Cross, during the chanting of the Magnificat, the evening of June 29, 2002.

Monks going to Divine Office

If the grain of wheat…dies, it will bear much fruit

Eight solemnly professed monks are necessary to be able to make a foundation a priory. With the third priestly ordination last June, as well as four clerics studying at the Society’s seminary in Winona, this very young3 and fervent community numbers just under 30 monks.

Bishop de Galarreta

Stability, object of a special vow for the Benedictine is now acquired for the entire monastery. It is a work of the Church, recognized as such and publicly offered by her to her children as a privileged way of attaining God. “This foundation, having for a long time given testimony of fidelity to the true Faith and the Holy Roman Church, as well as to the spirit of the Benedictine family…, we…decree that this monastery be established as a Priory of the Order of St. Benedict”.4

It is with these words that Bishop de Galarreta began the ceremony, “by the power that the Holy Church gives in the case of necessity, insofar as we are able, with the intention of thus helping to procure the supreme good of the Church and the salvation of souls”.5

Bishop's admonition to prior

Then the bishop proceeded with the institution of the conventual priory “for three years, after which an election will take place, according to the Law”.6 Remember always the souls whom you have received under your charge and for whom you will have to answer!7  the bishop admonished the future prior kneeling before him. Then he asked him to promise his submission to the Rule of St. Benedict and that he would faithfully keep the monastic discipline in this Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe of America.

Confession of Faith and taking of oath

The nominated prior, after having confessed the Faith and taken the oath formulated by St. Pius X, was then constituted prior and given “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” to the community, who received him with a fervent “Amen”. Then, confessing his unworthiness and his weakness, he confided himself to the prayers of his brother monks and to the intercession of Almighty God, and of the Most Holy Virgin and of St. Benedict.

Community's homage of prior

Then, as a sign of the authority conferred upon him, the bishop gave him the keys and the seal of the monastery. A written document was signed on the altar. “Confirm, O my God, what thou hast accomplished by thy hands, from thy holy temple in Jerusalem8 sang the community. “Oh God, who alone hast realized great wonders, pour down upon thy servant Fr. Prior and on the community confided to his care the spirit of thy saving grace, and grant to him always the heavenly dew of thy blessing, that he may please thee in all truth”.9 Then the bishop, with miter and crosier, installed him in his place in the choir, and to the chanting of the Te Deum, the brothers, one after another, came to give homage to the beloved Father.

Signing of decree of canonical erection

The Three-cord Rope
Does Not Break

The Pontifical Mass prolonged the thanksgiving on this feast of Our Lady of Good Hope, “our only hope in this crisis of the Church”, as Bishop de Galarreta declared. He also pointed out to the community the condition for remaining faithful in this torment, interpreting these words of Sacred Scripture “the three-cord rope does not break”. “These three cords whose union alone guarantees the solidity of resistance are for you today,” he said, “your Benedictine rule, the Priestly Society of St. Pius X, and the Catholic bishop that we are.”

Giving of monastery's keys

Indeed, the decree specified, “since it is morally impossible to have recourse to the competent authority and since we are acting in an auxiliary way because of the crisis in the Church and the state of necessity…”.10 It is this union that the many faithful who are Third Order members and Oblates wish to share, understanding how vital it is to cling to this rope divinely woven by Providence. It is this same union that explained the presence, on this beautiful day, of the superiors of the districts of Mexico and of the United States, Frs. Trejo and Rostand, of the priors of Phoenix and of El Paso, Frs. Burfitt and Diaz, and of the assistant director of the seminary of Winona, Fr. Asher.

Group photo after ceremonies

Finally, as a new fruit of this Benedictine restoration in Tradition, the next day, a new monk was made a cleric of the Church. Br. Justin received the tonsure from the bishop. He will next year join his brothers at the seminary… and by then, God willing, two new priests will have been ordained “ad titulum paupertatis for the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Deo Gratias!

Footnotes

1 Fr. Matthew was sent from this foundation in 2000 to join Fr. Angel (†) and found the monastery of Bellaigue.

2 Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue.

3 The average is 25!

4 Decree of Institution, October 23, 2010.

5Ibid.

6Ibid.

7Ritus de Canonica Erectione Monasterii.

8 Antiphon “Confirma hoc”; Ritus de Canonica Erectione Monasterii.

9Ritus de Canonica Erectione Monasterii.

10 Decree of Institution, October 23, 2010.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery

I also post the link to Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery’s website.  One can read about the continued wonderful fruits of this monastery and gain a deeper appreciation of the Contemplative Religious Life, which is of utmost importance, especially given the state of today’s world.  The Church will not recover from her crisis without Holy Religious who are uncompromisingly faithful to their Rule!

http://www.ourladyofguadalupemonastery.com/index.html

The Benedictines also have a gift shop, where one can find Sacramentals, traditional calendars, and their famous roasted coffee!

St. Benedict was promised that his order would last until the end of time.  Through the faithful Benedictine monasteries of today, we see that his order continues to flourish triumphantly and that this Sacred promise was not at all broken.  Please keep these Religious in your prayers!

~Steven C., “The Knight of Tradition”