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Guadalupana: Follow Our Lady’s example in loving amid difficulty

06 ADSF2017_Guadapulana-3 PAGEGuadalupana pilgrims walk near St. Mary’s Cathedral after traveling 12 miles from All Souls Church in South San Francisco on Dec. 9. (Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)


December 14, 2017
Lorena Rojas
San Francisco Católico

The annual Guadalupana Crusade filled the streets of San Francisco on Dec. 9, with thousands of pilgrims traveling the 12-mile route from South San Francisco to St. Mary’s Cathedral. The event concluded with Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone presiding.

During his homily, the archbishop preached the importance of love for others, as the Virgin Mary has taught her from the moment she decided to take care of her elderly cousin Elizabeth.

Preaching on the example of Marian service and love, the archbishop said that Mary “is always there to help others ... Isabel had pressing needs ... and the Virgin Mary was there to help her, even with all that she was suffering in her life. This is an important lesson for all of us.”

The archbishop told the pilgrims that “no matter how big the cross is, we can always give love to others, we can always give love to others and serve them. This is what makes one great in the eyes of God.”

During the pilgrimage from All Souls Church in South San Francisco, Alfredo Salina, a resident of San Rafael, walked at front of the group, carrying a banner with the photo of the virgin. He said it is a sacrifice he offers to the virgin, while asking for the health of his family and work. He added that he learned the devotion from his grandparents in Mexico and wants to transmit it to other generations.

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated Dec. 12 throughout the Catholic Church in the U.S., and this year’s observance also marks a day of solidarity with migrants in order to “honor the achievements, the hopes, fears and needs of all the families that have come to the U.S. in search of a better life,”said Bishop Joe S. Vázquez, of Austin, Texas, who heads the U.S. bishops’ Migration Committee.

San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice joined pilgrims on the cathedral plaza in a prayer to the virgin, imploring for an end to violence and for immigration reform.

In a message of hope during Mass, Archbishop Cordileone, prayed for “those who are suffering anguish at this time due to the political climate.”


10 ADSF2017_Guadapulana-12 PAGEPilgrims pray at the cathedral’s Guadalupe shrine. (Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

08 ADSF2017_Guadapulana-14 PAGEFather Arturo Albano walks with Juan Madriz (portraying Juan Diego) and Guadalupe Hernández (Virgin of Guadalupe) in St. Mary’s Cathedral before Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 9. (Photo by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

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