May 31, 2018
“Mother of the True God, and our Mother, Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that your journey through all the Americas be realized now… We know that you want to end abortion in the world and convert millions… O Lady, help us support your mission with our prayers in order that your Missionary Image will be well-received in all of the Americas…” The Prayer for the Missionary Image by Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo, Archbishop (later Cardinal) of Guadalajara, Mexico
Our Lady made her first Visitation to a town of Judah. She was pregnant and St. Elizabeth, her elderly, pregnant cousin, greeted her and cried out with joy, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?” (Luke 1:42-43).
Mary is still making Visitations and traveling great distances to hear us cry out with this joy. Elizabeth’s awe, wonder and true humility are being shared today by people throughout America. They are ordinary people like Elizabeth and like you who are honored by Visitations from the Blessed Mother in the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe!
St. John Paul II asked Our Lady “to visit as a pilgrim of faith, each and every diocese, parish and family in America, repeating to her children what she said at Cana, ‘Do whatever He tells you.’ (Jn. 2:5). May she cross this continent bringing it life, sweetness and hope!” This is the mission of our apostolate.
The Missionary Image needs to travel on Visitations to melt hearts and to raise what St. John Paul II called “a great prayer for life” in order to transform our culture from a Culture of Death to a Culture of Life. We celebrate the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth with this in mind.
Pope Francis said, “Holy Week challenges us to step outside ourselves so as to attend to the needs of others: those who long for a sympathetic ear, those in need of comfort or help. We should not simply remain in our own secure world, that of the ninety-nine sheep who never strayed from the fold, but we should go out, with Christ, in search of the one lost sheep, however far it may have wandered.”
This is what we do on Visitations with the Missionary Image. We look for the lost sheep, the marginalized people, the poor, the sick, the hospitalized, the prisoners, those in nursing homes, etc. We try to bring them light, joy and hope through Our Lady of Guadalupe whom St. John Paul II called the Mother of Hope.
I recently received an encouraging letter,
You have truly lived the gospel. Your love for Our Lord and Our Lady has been radiant to those around you. You have touched so many lives by sacrificing a great deal for your faith! Thank you for your love to so many and for your humility to share the love of Christ.
You are following the will of God in your life. Don’t ever doubt the true love that you have discovered. For they love you very much!! Please continue to follow this path because it leads so many others to God!
Please help us continue these life-giving Visitations so that Our Lady will melt hearts, intercede and bring miracles, conversions and the restoration of a Culture of Life to our nation today. To learn more about being a Guardian of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, call Lori at our office at 888-834-6261, visit our website or read the ad at the bottom of this letter. It is easier than you think and the joy that you will experience will be immeasurable.
As we celebrate our 27th anniversary, we need your help to hopefully continue our mission into the next 27 years. We are in debt $32,000.00.
We have no assets besides our furniture and equipment. We have no savings accounts or investments. We live from hand to mouth depending upon divine providence and your generosity.
We plead for your mercy. Giving alms is a work of mercy for which God will bless you.
“Be not sparing of freewill gifts. With each contribution show a cheerful countenance, and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy. Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according to your means. For the LORD is one who always repays, and He will give back to you sevenfold.” (Sirach 35:7-10). Thank you for your generosity!
Sincerely in Christ,
After faithfully serving Our Lady for almost nineteen years, Johane Pigeon, our Guardian Coordinator, is leaving us to be with her children and grandchildren in New York State. Our Guardians of the Missionary Image will certainly miss her. We have received many compliments of her love, patience and care in coordinating Visitations of the Missionary Image. She was always teaching, encouraging and supporting our volunteer Guardian Teams so that the Missionary Image would be well received and melt the hearts of the people. We wish Johane well in what will now be her full time “Grandma” duties. Vaya con Dios Johane! (Spanish, meaning May God Go with You). Thank you for all of your years of dedicated service. We will miss you and your cheery smile.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the funds to replace Johane. My assistant, Lori Rainville, will take on Johane’s duties. Please pray for her.
Here are the lyrics to our song for Johane, Vaya con Dios:
Click here and sing along to Vaya con Dios.
Host a Parish or Diocesan Visitation
If you would like to host a Visitation of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please contact us.
A Visitation consists of visits of the Image to different sites and promotion of Our Lady’s Mission to end abortions and bring conversions in the New Evangelization.
The images visit churches and wherever else Our Lady’s motherly love is needed. The images bring works of mercy to convents, prisons, hospitals, nursing homes, schools and abortion centers. Because of the presence of the image, many abortions have been prevented and over twenty abortion centers have closed through Our Lady’s intercession.