December 12, 2017

Two teenage girls perform with other Matachines dancers during a celebration honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston Dec. 3. More than 800 Matachine and Danzante indigenous folk dancers paraded through the city center ahead of the Dec. 12 feast of the patroness of the Americas. (CNS/Texas Catholic Herald/James Ramos)

"Am I not here, I, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need something more?"

—The words of Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico, in December 1531. Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas.