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A Mission of Merciful Love – Sixth Reflection of Cardinal Burke

A Mission of Merciful Love – Sixth Reflection of Cardinal Burke

A Mission of Merciful Love – Sixth Reflection of Cardinal Burke

Sixth Reflection:
Let us continue to reflect on the Third Apparition, and on the Bishop’s request that St. Juan Diego present a sign.

Our Lord calls “blessed” those who have not seen and still believe. And yet, in His mercy, Our Lord accords us an abundance of signs of His love, so that we may grow in ever greater love for Him. The tilma upon which God miraculously imprinted the image of Our Lady for us, her children, is one such sign, a truly remarkable sign of His love.

Let us take a moment to examine the signs God has given to each of us. Have we allowed our souls to grow dulled and jaded by the myopia of materialism that pervades our society? Or do we believe that God shows signs of His Love for us each and every day?

Are we putting the Lord Our God to the test by demanding exact results according to our own, limited understanding? Or do we work to appreciate God’s grace according to our present station in life?
We should know and believe that, even if we are struggling to see the signs God has shown to us, we can always turn to the wonder and love that are available to us here and now in the miracle of the Sacraments through which God the Son Incarnate acts directly to sanctify us, to bestow immeasurably and unceasingly upon us His grace and life. He is offering His mercy right now in the sacramental encounter with Him in Confession. He is offering His very life – His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity – in the Holy

Our Lady leads us to love ever more and more Her Divine Son. So, I implore you: as we continue in this novena of nine months, set aside more time to spend in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament, reposed in the tabernacle or exposed for us in the monstrance. The Sacred Host is the greatest sign of God’s love, which we have; may our love for Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament grow livelier and stronger each and every day.

Let us pray…

Let us pray.

In these early days of the novena, carry the events of the first apparition in your hearts as you pray the following each day:

‍O Virgin Mother of God, we fly to your protection and beg your intercession against the darkness and sin which ever more envelop the world and menace the Church. Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, gave you to us as our mother as He died on the Cross for our salvation. So too, in 1531, when darkness and sin beset us, He sent you, as Our Lady of Guadalupe, on Tepeyac to lead us to Him Who alone is our light and our salvation.

Through your apparitions on Tepeyac and your abiding presence with us on the miraculous mantle of your messenger, Saint Juan Diego, millions of souls converted to faith in your Divine Son. Through this novena and our consecration to you, we humbly implore your intercession for our daily conversion of life to Him and the conversion of millions more who do not yet believe in Him. In our homes and in our nation, lead us to Him Who alone wins the victory over sin and darkness in us and in the world.

Unite our hearts to your Immaculate Heart so that they may find their true and lasting home in the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Ever guide us along the pilgrimage of life to our eternal home with Him. So may our hearts, one with yours, always trust in God’s promise of salvation, in His never-failing mercy toward all who turn to Him with a humble and contrite heart. Through this novena and our consecration to you, O Virgin of Guadalupe, lead all souls in America and throughout the world to your Divine Son in Whose name we pray. Amen.