Holy Family

Holy Family

Friday, December 9, 2011

Feast of Saint Juan Diego Cuautlatoatzin

Good morning. The key to happiness in marriage is humility. As the Psalmist tells us “You are my only good.” The key to life overall is recognizing that we should not expect anything, certainly not from God. Jesus in today’s Gospel reminds us of the need to recognize our own lowliness. When we are aware of our own lowliness, we no longer make demands on others or expect to receive anything from them. When we apply this to our marriage we come to recognize each other’s goodness. As a marriage counselor I have seen where recognizing our own lowliness can make an incredible difference in a marriage. Remembering to say “Thank you” and being humble enough to say “I’m sorry” can truly make a difference. We (our spouse and I) make the difference in the joy shared in our marriage, offering praise and accepting blame make the marriage prosper. Our Saint for today, Saint Juan Diego Cuautlatoatzin offers an example for us to live by; in response to the visit by Our Lady he responded, “I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf.” Yet this humble man’s tale of a visit with Our Lady of Guadalupe was responsible for the conversion of millions of Aztecs to Catholicism. Ten million in ten years! So too our embrace of humility and the resulting recognition of the goodness in each other can work miracles in our marriage like roses flowing from our tilma. Let us pray to Our Lady for a conversion of mind and heart regarding the Sacrament of Marriage.

Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Juan Diego Cuautlatoatzin.

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