Today is also the Optional Memoria of St Juan Diego, to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared on this day in the year 1531.

She said to him: ‘Hear and let it penetrate 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 trouble, 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 fold of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? … Is there anything else you need?’

These words are spoken to us as well. May we heed them, and pray them, and may God bless you this day.