Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast and Catholic Inconsistency

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast and Catholic Inconsistency December 13, 2019
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Social media is at its best a helpful tool and at its worst a cesspool of all that’s wrong with the world. And, between those two extremes, it is a way to gauge human inconsistencies and ironies. 

Such was the case yesterday, December 12th, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. 

While I feel uncomfortable and awkward sharing my political opinions online, others don’t have this problem. So I was surprised when Catholics who normally post positively about the Trump administration’s interactions with Mexico, and how we need to build a wall along the southern border, were posting quotes from Our Lady’s appearances to St. Juan Diego in 1531, accompanied by various renditions of how her image was captured in the fabric of his tilma. 

Their sudden zeal for Our Lady of Guadalupe was just that—sudden and unsettling. 

Catholics embrace Mary as their spiritual mother, so her apparitions feel as universal as her love and intercession. But her appearances are particular, too. They happen in a specific time, place, and for a specific purpose. 

Her appearance at Guadalupe was instrumental in converting the Aztec people of Mexico to Catholicism, the religion of their conquerors, and to giving hope to those who were being oppressed under a violent and militaristic government. If you read a translation of her words to St. Juan Diego, her language is that of a mother, not a conqueror or a preacher. She referred to St. Juan Diego as her dear son. She said, “…I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me.” 

All the people who live united in this land. All the other people of different ancestries. 

And it makes me wonder, what would happen if these apparitions took place today? 

By all means celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast, what she did for the people of Mexico, and what she has done for the entire Church. But don’t forget to whom she originally spoke and what she had to say. 

And don’t forget that we are all her children, regardless of where we’re from or what any government says about us. 

 

 

Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/spine/375154807

About Elizabeth Hoyle
Elizabeth Hoyle is a writer who channels the majority of her feelings, good and bad, into her words. She’s a Catholic who tries, a reference assistant at her local library, and a friend of Marie and Jenn. You can find her online at https://entwinedinpages.wordpress.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ERHoyle and on Twitter @ERHoyle. You can read more about the author here.

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  • sancho

    Joseph and his teenage bride Mary with the infant Jesus. They were brown people who were fleeing the wrath of King Herod. Having to cross over into Egypt in order to save their son’s life. “Victims of forced migration” as Pope Francis refers to the refugees fleeing violence and exteme poverty at our border, just like the Holy Family. Yeah, strange how the Catholics who have Trump as their pope and Francis as their president (remember that shady Francis who questioned whether Trump was Christian due to Trump’s climaxing over the thought of a border wall instead of a desire to build bridges). The poor uneducated Spanish speakers of Native and Spanish heritage who hope for a better life are the modern day Juan Diegos. Pregnant teenage Marias wait in detention at our border right now. Other pregnant Marias have died trying to make the journey to a better life. Others become the victims of human trafficking. Will the Trumpian Catholics who profess a love for Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe speak up and take action? Our Lady knows who is sincere and who isn’t. If you want to pay Our Lady of Guadalupe some respect, volunteer at a Hispanic parish or help a struggling poor minority family in some way. Who knows, it may make you start to finally question your support of Trump.

  • david jackson

    I had to read the original post twice. I wasn’t sure what he was saying. I finally decided that the heading contained the message Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Feast and Catholic Inconsistency. As far as I can discern, the one issue Catholics ABORTION, are taken in by Trump’s words about Pro Life. He isn’t pro life he is anti abortion. Pro Life has to be much more than against Abortion. I also find the post by sancho to be very confusing, especially this sentence ” Yeah, strange how the Catholics who have Trump as their pope and Francis as their president (remember that shady Francis who questioned whether Trump was Christian due to Trump’s climaxing over the thought of a border wall instead of a desire to build bridges). The poor uneducated Spanish speakers of Native and Spanish heritage who hope for a better life are the modern day Juan Diegos.” Juan Diego was used by Our Lady of Guadalupe to educate the bishop of her love and power. I know many “speakers of Native and Spanish heritage” who don’t support Trump and are fighting against Trump and his policies. And I live in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where probably 80 % or more are “speakers of Native and Spanish Heritage.”