Daily Martyrology for December 12

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. At Tepeyac, northwest of Mexico City, Juan Diego had a vision of a beautiful lady: “Her clothing appeared like the sun.” She asked him to tell the bishop to build a church there: “In it, I will show…all people all my love, my compassion, my help and my defense…. There I will hear their laments and remedy and cure all their miseries, misfortunes and sorrows.” Later she appeared again, and her image suddenly was imprinted on his cactus-cloth cloak. A shrine was built on the spot, and in 1945 Our Lady of Guadalupe was declared patron of the Americas.

In 549, St. Finnian of Clonard. After training in Wales, he founded his great monastery at Clonard in Meath, on the Boyne River, where many of the Ireland’s greatest early saints trained. The oldest extant penitential is ascribed to him.

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Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.