My wife and I say we have three children, but God knows we have four. My wife and I say we have ten grandchildren, but God knows we have thirteen. Sometimes children conceived are never born. Instead, God calls them to Himself earlier than we would want. Last night, we learned that grandchild thirteen was one whom God desired to be with Him early.
Yes, there is sorrow in our family today. Yet, our God is a loving God and He provides solace and comfort in many ways. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Fr. Fasano celebrated the great triumph of Our Lady in converting the Americas from paganism. Today is the ninth birthday of one of our granddaughters and we will celebrate it as is it meant to be celebrated – a wonderful child, a human life, physical and spiritual, that God has given us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe painted herself miraculously on St. Juan Diego’s tilma. She was with child – the Child. She brought Jesus, her Son, to the Americas in a way that only a Mother can. Both joy and sorrow were experienced by the Mother of God. And so it is for the mother of our thirteenth grandchild. God has called one of her children early and He has left one child to remind all of us of His Mother. He is truly a merciful and loving God!
Our Lady of Guadalupe – Pray for us.