Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Juan Diego, to whom was given the image that we know as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Here is part of Pope St John Paul II’s prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe: ‘Mother of Mercy, Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice, to you, who come to meet us sinners, we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love. We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys, our infirmities and our sorrows. Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples; for we entrust to your care all that we have and all that we are, our Lady and Mother. We wish to be entirely yours and to walk with you along the way of complete faithfulness to Jesus Christ in His Church; hold us always with your loving hand’.

This is a good prayer to pray today; may Our Lady pray for us in all our infirmities and sorrows; and may her Son be with you this day, giving His blessing.