Las Rosas de Maria
Our Lady of Guadalupe is patroness of the unborn. Ask her prayers today!
In August 1997, I promised to write a song for the Hispanic community of our Catholic Church parish, Church of the Holy Spirit in Schaumburg, IL. They were celebrating the Banquetes de las Rosas (The Banquet of Roses) that November.
On September 25, 1997, the inspiration for the song came as I was praying. I wrote down the lyrics and later that day, composed the melody, and created the sheet music. I went on to sing the song at the banquet and recorded it at a sound studio.
On December 12, 1997, I received the cassette tapes of that song.
On March 1, 1998, my wife and I made a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
[Read more about the Basilica on Wikipedia.org.]
We had been married for 15 years and did not have any pregnancies. We went to the Shrine to pray for a conception and a baby.
On April 2, we discovered that we were pregnant. On December 3, 1998, our beautiful daughter was born. We are so very grateful for this wonderful blessing.
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The Story of Guadalupe
Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared to Juan Diego near Mexico City in December 1531 and asked him to ask the local bishop to build a church in her honor on that spot. Mary gave a message of hope to Juan Diego, that applies to you, too.
After two or three appearances, she asked him to pick flowers from a barren hilltop, which she arranged in his tilma (cloak.)
The Lady sent Juan Diego to the bishop to show the bishop the flowers. After some difficulty, Juan Diego saw the bishop. When the cloak was opened, the flowers fell to the floor and an image of the lady remained on the cloak.
Despite its delicate fibers, the cloak has been preserved and the image is still intact today at the Shrine, more than 490 years ago.
The entire event began a period of massive conversion and extended peace between the native Mexican Indians and the conquistador Spanish. Today, people from all over the world visit the Shrine and ask for Mary’s prayers and help for every type of life situation.
God is good and will hear your prayer.
May God bless you and your journey.
Streamwood, Illinois USA