Our Lady appeared here on our continent at precisely this time of year.
If we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary what the official language of America is, she might reply, ‘Well, when I visited, I spoke Spanish…’
This one Lady, the Mother of God–who spoke to St. Juan Diego outside Mexico City–she is the mother of us all. And she teaches us who we are.
1. We are Christians. We believe in Jesus Christ, Son of God and son of the Blessed Virgin. How is our Lady our Mother–this Palestinian woman who lived on earth two millennia ago? She is our mother by being the mother of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. We are children of the Our Lady by virtue of being Christians.
2. Who are we? We are Americans. Nothing is more American than loving our Lady. There is nothing that unites America like loving our Lady. The Spaniards who came here loved our Lady. The English Catholics loved our Lady. The natives came to love our Lady. The Africans brought to the West Indies came to love our Lady.
There is one America, with one Queen, one Empress—the mother of God, who spoke to St. Juan Diego outside Mexico City. And we Americans can also boast: the Pope is one of us, an American.
3. Who are we, we who love our Lady? We are feminists. That is to say, we venerate the woman; we venerate the power of the woman. Who was born without a mother giving birth? Anyone?
4. We are a religious people. What is the Virgin’s specialty? Dancing? Driving? Cooking? No. Religion. Faith. Prayer. We have a mother of perfect religion. We are her children; therefore, we are religious.
The Virgin of Guadalupe, mother of Christians, mother of Americans, beautiful woman, full of faith and piety.
Her children: Christians, altogether feminist, religious people: Us.