Today is the day we celebrate the gifts of 2 holy souls, St. Hannah and St. Juan Diego. They are truly the main patrons of this ministry as they suffered infertility. We learn in the Old Testament that we as Christians need to come to the foot of the altar where the sacrifice is made and where graces will flow. Do you recognize the gift that we have been given in that their feast day is the day after the Immaculate Conception? What is God telling you today? What does this mean to you? I think it is something to truly meditate upon on this feast. Let us open our hearts to this that graces may enter the depths of our saddened minds and hearts to find Jesus and Mary guiding us where we are to go in our time of sorrow let us find the path to Him who knows what He is asking of us. Pray to accept the call Our Lord has placed in you, as you have not been forgotten but recognized as an individual with purpose.
1 Samuel 2
Hannah’s Song of Thanksgiving
1 Then Hannah AN)”>prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the LORD;
My horn is exalted in the LORD,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because AP)”>I rejoice in Your salvation.
2 “AQ)”>There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, AR)”>there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
3 “Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
4 “AW)”>The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.
5 “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But AZ)”>she who has many children languishes.
6 “BA)”>The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
7 “BC)”>The LORD makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
8 “BE)”>He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S,
And He set the world on them.
9 “BI)”>He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
10 “BL)”>Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Saint Juan Diego, infertile, holy and devoted to serving Our Lord as he was called. I would like to share with you today the post that “Martha Trying to be Mary” has shared with us today concerning St. Juan and infertility, God did not let his life become fruitless. This is what our focus should be as we make our journey in this life. Nothing is empty when we live our lives for Christ, He has something special prepared for us we need to see this with His eyes.
Prayer to St. Juan Diego
You who were chosen by Our Lady of Guadalupe as an instrument to show your people and the world that the way of Christianity is one of love, compassion, understanding, values, sacrifices, repentance of our sins, appreciation and respect for God’s creation, and most of all one of humility and obedience; You whom we know is now in the Kingdom of the Lord and close to our Mother; Be our angel and protect us, stay with us as we struggle in this modern life often not knowing where to set our priorities; Help us to pray to our God to obtain the gifts of the Holy Spirit and use them for the good of humanity and the good of our Church, through the Heart of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the Heart of Jesus. Amen.