Today the church, especially in the Americas, celebrates Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe, who appeared to Juan Diego, in Mexico, 1531.
Here’s a short reflection on Mary in the Americas from a December 12, 1977, homily of Monseñor Oscar Romero, the martyred archbishop of San Salvador, El Salvador:
“Mary and the church in Latin America are marked by poverty. Vatican Council II says that Mary stands out among the poor who await redemption from God. Mary appears in the Bible as the expression of poverty, of humility, of one who needs everything from God. When she comes to America, her intimate, motherly conversation is with an Indian, an outcast, a poor man.
“Mary’s dialogue in America begins with a sign of poverty, poverty that is hunger for God. Poverty is freedom. Poverty is needing others, needing brothers and sisters, supporting one another so as to help one another. That is what Mary means….”