Saturday, June 23, 2018

Litany of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was completed in 1978 by Yolanda Lopez.  She did a series of images  but this one is for activists today.  notice her tennis  shoes... moving on to new life, new visions....with women of today.

"the litany of Our Lady of Guadalupe" written by Barbara Flaherty, and prayed at the border for several years

Refrain: “Am I not your Mother? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?”

Mother Most Compassionate, hear the cries of the orphaned and separated children, 

Mother who protects us against danger, protect especially those most vulnerable from violence and oppression. 

Mother Who Never Turns Her Back, tear down the fences that divide us from one another, 

Sister in Suffering, comfort those who live in the cold, who have no food, who cry for basic human needs, 

Subversive Virgin, teach us to be community beyond nation states, 

Undocumented Virgin, enfold in your arms the undocumented immigrants in the desert’s wilds. 

Mother Most Vulnerable, fleeing violence and the injustice of rulers, fleeing through the desert, help us to become justice. 

La tele Virgen, "sustainer of life”, sustain those who are in despair, who have little hope, whose lives are stolen away by the callous rich, and the indifferent. 

Mother who comforts our sorrows, be with us in our grief and fear. *
Mother whose arms hold her crucified son, hold those who have died crossing the desert,

Mother who "understands everything," become forgiveness in the hearts of those we have hurt or betrayed, become forgiveness in our own hearts. 

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