These are some of the words spoken to St Juan Diego by Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531: ‘Listen and let it penetrate your heart…do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. 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 folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?’

These comforting and reassuring words are in fact spoken to each one of us, every day. May we heed them and commit ourselves to Our Lady’s protection today, and may God bless you.