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A boy holds an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as he stands beside candles in the sanctuary of the Shrine Our Lady of Guadalupe in Guatemala City Dec. 12, 2011. (CNS photo/Jorge Dan Lopez, Reuters)
"Hear and let it penetrate into your heart, my dear little son; let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you. Let nothing alter your heart or your countenance. Also, do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?"
— Our Lady to Juan Diego
 
Today is, of course, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In addition to information on today's feast, Catholic Culture has the story of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, the first indigenous American saint, whose feast is usually celebrated December 9 (it was trumped this year by the Second Sunday of Advent).
 
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