Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

Five centuries ago, our hemisphere was given the perfect example of an inculturated evangelization when Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego. Her message of reconciliation, unity and love brought forth the great evangelization of an entire hemisphere. By her very presence, Our Lady of Guadalupe became the first and great model of Christian unity presented to all peoples and rising above national and ethnic partisanship. 
As the mestiza Virgin of Tepeyac she called herself the compassionate mother of "all the people that live together in this land, and also of all the other various lineages of men. And yet the "star of the new evangelization" is an evangelist like no other. She is not, at the moment of encounter with Juan Diego, working out her own salvation. She is the evangelist par excellence, in part because she enters the world, as it were, from the beatific vision, a state of supreme closeness to God. Her example and continued motherhood of all peoples is a sure path today for the new evangelization.
–Carl Anderson
Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus
Address at Ecclesia in America Conference
Vatican City
10 December 2012