Friday, January 14, 2022

January 14 - Our Lady of the Word – Montserrat, Spain

 


The title “Our Lady of the Word” is associated with a statue of the Madonna and Christ Child venerated at Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery in Catalonia, Spain. She is the patron saint of Catalonia.

The image is one of the Black Madonnas of Europe and is also known as “La Moreneta” (the little dark-skinned one). Some believe it was carved in Jerusalem in the early days of the Church, but it more likely dates from the 12th century.

One miracle that took place at the shrine involves a man who couldn’t speak who went there on pilgrimage. The Blessed Virgin miraculously restored his speech. “Our Lady of Speech” became “Our Lady of the Word” which has a double meaning because Mary is the mother of the Word made flesh. 

Image from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virgin_of_Montserrat#/media/File:A_Virgem_de_Mont_Serrat.jpg

Prayer

Our Lady of the Word, you carried the living Word within you. Guard our words that they may always be pleasing to God.

Reflection

Try to monitor what words come out of your mouth. Are they words that you would want God or Mary to hear? Do you need to change how you speak to others (or even to yourself)?

 

 


 

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