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This feast is very important to Latinos and has taken on enormous significance in light of the population growth of Latinos in the Western world. Our Lady of Guadalupe is to Latinos what Saint Patrick is to the Irish.
To mark this feast we are having brief prayer services in the chapel today during theology classes. I am explaining the story of the feast and we all pray the Magnificat of Mary. I am also offering the following reflection:
Any of you who have had me for History class know how much I love Ken Burns, the New Hampshire native who makes History movies. A few years ago he made a film called “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” The underlying premise of the film was that National Parks are the essence of American democracy - the greatest and most beautiful land in our country is owned by the American people, not by the rich or powerful.
There is a pattern here. The poor, those who are bullied, those who are made fun of, those who are different - they are the ones God will call and use to do His work. God loves the rich and the powerful, of course, but they already have everything they need. God wants to build up His kingdom here on Earth using people like Mary, Juan Diego, and you, and me, regular people who seem forgotten but who in the end, “all generations will call blessed.” Amen.