I, Father Al Lauer, am the founder of a religious community, the Brothers and Fathers of Pentecost. One of our principal patrons is Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our Lady of Presentation Ministries publishes One Bread, One Body. Presentation Ministries' retreat house, called the Paul Jansen Discipleship Center, has a chapel named after Our Lady of Guadalupe. Presentation Ministries is a network of over thirty small Christian communities. One of our communities is named after Our Lady of Guadalupe. Why did the Holy Spirit lead us to so emphasize Our Lady of Guadalupe?
Mary is the mother of God. Therefore, she has a very important part in God's plan of salvation. When Jesus hung on the cross, He gave His disciples Mary to be our mother (Jn 19:26-27). Jesus wants us to love His mother, who is our adoptive mother.
Jesus especially worked through His mother at a place that would later be called Guadalupe. There Mary showed herself to be the great evangelizer. In seven years, she led eight million people to commit their lives to her Son Jesus. Also, Our Lady made one of the greatest stands for life ever. She put an end to killing thousands of children as sacrificial offerings.
Today in our secular humanistic culture of death, we need the Lord to continue to work through Our Lady of Guadalupe to protect life and lead millions of people to new life in Christ. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.