This is an old article that needed some updating. We revisit 2013 today December 12, 2022.

This year of the Lord of 2013 has been full of surprises. We saw the abdication(?) of Benedict XVI that permitted an Argentine Jesuit to occupy the throne of Peter. Thus the staggering majesty of the Catholic Church is revealed when we see her navigating the perilous waters of History from the times of the Roman Empire to this day: invincible and weak, sinful but adorned with the lives of saints, a sign of contradiction for the world and also a beacon of truth for those who seek her light and not her the futile darkness that is trying to envelop her.

Argentina, a nation at the world’s end that has lived always at the fringes of civilization, surviving stubbornly its own barbarian elements, its corruption, its narrow minded leaders who have disgraced her for decades; this beautiful and terrible country has produced more than one flower, more than one saint.

Like Argentina has been for decades, the Church is now beleaguered by the sins of her sons and daughters, wounded by the world, corrupted sometimes by those who live in her bosom. This old barque of Peter, this ancient Mother of our culture and our soul, this vessel of salvation who seems to be always about to perish and yet she does not end.

Jesus once said: “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.” Well, one wishes that some voices in the Church would have kept silent

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who made herself an apostle to the Mexican people and started the conversion of the Americas.

Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!  Viva la Iglesia!

Published 12 December 2013.