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Am I Not Here Who Am Your Mother?

Ave Maria Meditations


Some of the words of Our Lady to St. Juan Diego:

Know for certain, littlest of my sons, that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God through Whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near and far, the Master of heaven and earth.

I wish and intensely desire that in this place my sanctuary be erected. Here I will demonstrate and exhibit and give all my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to the people. I am your merciful Mother. The merciful Mother of all of you who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me. Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow, and will remedy, and alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities and misfortunes.    

Listen, put it into your heart, my youngest and dearest son, that the thing that frightens you, the thing that afflicts you, is nothing: do not let it disturb you??Am I not here, I who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am 1 not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need something more? Let nothing else worry you or disturb you.

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In 1531, the Mother of God appeared to a native Mexican named Juan Diego. She would ask him to? have the bishop build a church there at the apparition site. When the bishop asked for a sign, roses were given but more than that, the image of the Mother was on the cactus fiber tilma? of St. Juan Diego and fibers that should not last more than 20 years are still in perfect condition almost 500 years later. And within a decade of the apparition, almost all of Mexico was Roman Catholic.

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Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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  • Thank you for this beautify short synoposis of Our Lady’s apparition to humble Juan Diego. Above all, thank you so much for putting Our Lady’s words to Juan right at the top of your synopsis!
    I love Our Lady’s words of consolation to Juan. Above all, I love Her deep and intense love me, for us, Her rebellious children! What a truly loving Mother She is! I sought consolation in her words. Today I woke up feeling unwell. I struggled to work. My body was aching all over and I was feeling drowsy. I could not concentrate. I went back to bed and slept for another two or so hours. I woke up still weak with cloudy mind. I made some breakfast and took and sat at my desk again to start my writing.
    As I was writing, there is this voice that always consoles me, I believe it is the Holy Spirit or my Guardian Angel, that always tells me that God is happy with me; that God loves me; that God his right here with me now; that I will over come this problem; that I will finish my writing. Then, I felt a silent bliss and I started writing and ideas were beginning to flow. But as I was writing, the voice came back, this time it reminded me of how our Blessed Mother, Our Lady loves me. It reminded me of the words She spoke to Juan Diego, “Am I Not Here who Am Your Mother” and then I decided to go online and read about Our Lady’s apparition in Guadalupe. There are several narratives online about Our Lady of Guadalupe, but yours captured my attention because of the title, “Am I not Here…” I was looking for her words, not the entire story of her apparition, for consolation. And now I have copied the passage of her words to Juan prayer into my diary (I have credited Ave Maria Meditation and you as the source) so I can read them everyday because Her words are ageless fresh; they speak to me today as they did to Juan with the same intensity of motherly love!
    Thank you for very much for your post!

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