The Human Thread

December 12, 2017

Author: editor

Category: Pray

Our Lady of Guadalupe as a Garment Worker

On my Twitter feed, I encountered the Tweet above from Fr. James Martin, S.J. The images caught my eye, especially the image of Guadalupe as a garment worker.

Yolanda Lopez, Margaret F. Stewart:Our Lady of Guadalupe,1978.Downloaded from

Yolanda Lopez, Margaret F. Stewart:Our Lady of Guadalupe,1978. Downloaded from

This image is one of a series from American artist Yolanda Lopez. Lopez inserts herself and her mother, among others, into artwork as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her mother, depicted in the work above, sanctifies, if you will, the work of this garment worker.

In a homily preached today, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles concludes:

Brothers and sisters, Our Lady of Guadalupe entrusted St. Juan Diego with a task — to build a shrine in her name. She wanted this shrine to be a place where people would find God’s “love, compassion, help, comfort and salvation.”

And tonight she is calling each one of us to “build a shrine” with our lives. To be a beautiful example in our own lives of the men and women that God wants us to be.

Our Lady is calling us to show God’s love and compassion to our brothers and sisters and to work for a society that is worthy of the dignity of the human person.

So let us go out and do that tonight! So let us fly to her to her protection tonight — and every day. She will never let us down. And let us try to live by her example — listening to God and serving others. And let us pray, as always, with our whole hearts:

¡Que Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
¡Que viva San Juan Diego!
¡Que viva San Junípero Serra!
¡Que viva Cristo Rey!
¡Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
¡Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!
¡Que viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!