Most Beautiful Young Woman

(December 12, 2014)

Message: Mary's visit to a Nahuatl Indian and an American Jew.

Today we remember the appearance of Mary to a Juan Diego, a Nahuatl Indian in the Sixteenth Century. Before telling that story, I would like to tell about a contemporary appearance of the Blessed Virgin. This happened to a Jewish man here in the United States. His name is Roy H. Schoeman. Here is what he wrote:

"I continued in this undiscriminating, eclectic path for exactly one year, until one year to the day after the experience on the beach, I received the second great extraordinary grace of my life. I frankly admit that, in all external aspects, what took place was a dream. Yet when I went to sleep I knew little about, and had no special sympathy for Christianity or any of its aspects; when I awoke I was hopelessly in love with the Blessed Virgin Mary and wanted nothing more than to become as totally Christian as I could. In the "dream," I was taken to a room and granted an audience with the most beautiful young woman I could have ever imagined; without it being spoken, I knew that it was the Blessed Virgin Mary. She agreed to answer any questions I might ask her; I clearly remember standing there, weighing a number of possible questions in my mind, and asking her four or five of them. She answered them, then spoke to me for several more minutes, and then the audience was ended. My experience of the event, and my memory of it, are as of something which took place in full wakefulness. I remember all the details, including of course the questions and the answers, but all pales beside by far the greatest aspect of the experience: the ecstasy of simply being in her presence, in the purity and intensity of her love. When I awoke, as I said, I was hopelessly in love with the Blessed Virgin Mary and knew that the God who had revealed Himself to me on the beach had been Christ."

From Chosen by Donna Steichen


Guadalupe Homilies:
Am I Not Your Mother
From Despair to Joy
De Desesperacion a Alegria
Guadalupe & Great Jubilee
Guadalupe y el Gran Jubileo
The Messenger
La Mensajera
How Does This Happen to Me?
¿Quién Soy Yo?

Homily about Blessed Juan Diego

More Information about Juan Diego

Did Juan Diego Exist?

Juan Diego: Some Historical Evidence

Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Guide for the New Millennium by Fr. Virgilio Elizondo

Pictures of Fr. Elizondo explaining Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Website

In his Post-Synodal Exhortation (Jan. 22, 1999: Mexico City) Pope John Paul made a significant announcement regarding Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12 is to be celebrated liturgically as a "Feast" not only in Mexico, but throughout all of the nations of North and South America.

Advent 2014 Homilies:
Preparing Our Hearts Week 1:
Preparing Our Hearts Week 2:
Preparing Our Hearts Week 3:
Preparing Our Hearts Week 4:

Christmas Homilies:

2014: There is More
2013: Forgiving God
2012: Why Jesus Was Born
2011: The Gift of Freedom
2010: Let Him Come In
2009: When We Were Gone Astray
2008: The Tiny Footsteps of Jesus
2007: No More Fear and Hiding
2006: That Sacred Jest
2005: An Ivory Horn
2004: A Christmas Poem
2003: The Weakness of God
2002: The Word
2001: The Abundance of God
2000: I Am One of You Now
1999: Bigger on the Inside
1998: How to Receive a Gift
1997: Someone is Knocking at the Door
1996: The Gift We All Desire

Other Homilies

Seapadre Homilies: Cycle A, Cycle B, Cycle C

Sunday Homilies

Audio Files of Homilies (Simple Catholicism Blog)

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Fr. Brad's Homilies (well worth listening)

Bulletin (St. Mary's Parish)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Pictures

(2009 - my first Guadalupe celebration at St. Mary of the Valley)

Parish Picture Album

MBC - Mary Bloom Center, Puno, Peru