Prayer and Work

Dedication

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The Memorare is an old time and powerful prayer: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

This spring, several times now, I have heard people saying Mamá Lupita or even La Lupita when they refer to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This surprises and delights me because of the warmth and familiarity of these names. I’ve been hearing about her and praying to her since I was a child and never heard her called this way. As I’ve asked some of the Mexican people I know about this, some smile and say “Yes, we call her  that” while others widen their eyes and say, “No, we only call her Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe”. So, it just depends.

I dedicate this Prayer and Work blog of good zeal to her and ask her blessing, protection, and encouragement for each reader, for each viewer, and for myself as I put it together. May its use bring us only ever closer to her Son, the Good God.

I have enjoyed reading these books:

Mother of God, Mother of the Poor by Ivonne Gebara, a theologian,

Untie the Strong Woman by Clarissa Pinkola-Estés, a psychologist,

and Goddess of the Americas edited by Ana Castillo, a novelist.

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