Peregrinación del Grupo "Reina de las Américas" Presidió Excmo. Sr. Joseph Madera - Homilía 24 …
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www.queenoftheamericasguild.org Homily from Mass on Feb. 24. 2012. Peregrinación del Grupo "Reina de las Américas" Presidió Excmo. Sr. Joseph Madera The Queen of the Americas Guild was founded in July of 1979 by Bishop Jerome J. Hastrich, … [Más]
Annual Pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Spiritual Director Bishop Joseph J. …www.queenoftheamericasguild.org Homily from Mass on Feb. 24. 2012. The Queen of the Americas Guild was founded in July of 1979 by Bishop Jerome J. Hastrich, assisted by Bishop Thomas Drury of Corpus Christi, TX. During the first gathering, 90 participants from across the U.S. gathered at Mt. St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, MD. The Guild's purpose was to make known that Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness to all of the Americas. The simplest way was to bring Her Holy image and words to the people. A telegram was sent to the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, announcing the launching of the Guild and to ask for his blessing. In 1980 a second conference was called, also at Emmitsburg. Bishop Hastrich greeted the Guild members with a question, "What can you do for our Lady of Guadalupe, besides pray?" For years Bishop Hastrich had been taking groups of people to visit the Basilica in Mexico City but found inadequate housing close to the Shrine. One had to depart to the Shrine very early and travel from hotels many miles away in the heart of the city. He thought it would be nice for someone to visit the Shrine and then walk to their hotel. "What we need is a retreat center at the Shrine to house and feed pilgrims from the U.S. and Canada." He called it a "house of hope and healing at Tepeyac". "It must be clean and comfortable, at a fair price, and include a chapel where people can reflect on their time spent at the Shrine." This would be a true pilgrimage. By the time the third conference was held in Techny, Illinois on August 15, 1981, the nature of the action was growing clearer. Frank Smoczynski, a guild member, was also elected as the National Juan Diego (in more prosaic terms, President of the Guild) at the conference of 1981. Frank Smoczynski and his family had made annual trips to the Basilica. Frank had an ardent devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe and knew of the plan for the house of hope and healing. Several years later when he was visiting the Basilica in Mexico City, like Columbus, Frank discovered land. There were a few acres of land right near the Basilica at Tepeyac waiting to be claimed for a U.S. house of hope and healing. Additional locations were being looked into for use as an information center and auxiliary hospice for English speaking pilgrims to Our Lady of the Americas. Today, the Guild has acquired a small parcel of land, and is in the initial phase of retreat center development. Through the generous contributions and support of its members and followers, the Guild has been able to continue to spread Our Lady's timeless message of 1531 and will continue efforts to build a retreat center near the Basilica in Mexico City. The Guild continues to serve as a resource for information, provide a forum that supports and enhances devotion, and to make Americans aware that they have a special Patroness for all the nations of the New World. LA CASITA ¿Qué de donde amigo vengo? ¡De una casita que tengo, A los pies del Tepeyac! Donde vive una doncella Mucho más graciosa y bella Que el más lindo rosedal. Doncellita tierna y pura De más gracia y hermosura, Que los duraznos en flor ¡Doncellita primorosa Más bonita y más graciosa Que los nardos en botón! Su mirada es más serena Que la noche más risueña Del hermoso mes de abril Más tranquila y más sencilla Que la tierna tortolilla Que del nido va a salir. Y su rostro, apiñonado, Es perfecto, es ovalado, Es hermoso más que el sol Y su talle es más esbelto Que la palma del desierto Que los juncos del cedrón. Esta niña es morenita, Porque es una linda indita De la tierra en que nací ¡Pero es la reina del cielo Es la que brinda el consuelo A mi México infeliz! Es la que nos da la calma. Cuando hay tormenta en el alma Cuando nos hiere el dolor En la que recoge el llanto Cuando con triste quebranto, Agoniza el corazón. Cuando lleno de pesares Me postro antes sus altares Y le cuento mi aflicción Ella me sonríe amorosa Y prodiga bondadosa Sus ternuras y su amor. Cada vez que la visito Me toma cual pequeñito, Y me empieza a acariciar ¡Me dice que ella es mi madre, Y que solo a Dios, mi Padre, Es a quien debo yo amar! Hoy que vivo tan distante De esta Virgen tan amante, A quien amo con pasión El mirar su rostro amado Y volver, pronto, a su lado, ¡Es mi única ilusión! Si usted quiere lo convido A que visite este nido Que tengo en el Tepeyac ¡Verá que linda casita! ¡Y qué niña tan bonita! ¡Y que dulce es su mirar!