I have been fortunate enough to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and in reflecting on this today, I thought about how Mary speaks to us. I believe she draws the masses of poor and migrants because Mary knew what it was to be those things. She knew what it meant to be a migrant, and now millions identify with this woman who bore much she did not understand, yet had hope to bring.
In appearing to the poor and lowly, she was sending a message to each one of us who is in a position to effect change for the better in the lives of our brothers and sisters.
What is the appeal of Mary’s message today? How can we spread her words?
Lord, allow warmth and a healing presence to find its way into our prayer as our families pray together and ponder Mary’s message this Advent season.
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!