CONTEMPLATING MARY’S GAZE
Here’s a Liturgical Hymn to contemplate in silence, as we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe today, the 12th of December.
Simply looking at you,
O Mother, to have eyes only for you,
looking upon you without saying anything,
telling you everything, wordlessly and reverently.
Do not perturb the air before you;
only cradle my stolen solitude
with your loving Motherly eyes,
in the nest of your pure ground.
Hours tumble by and with much commotion,
the wastage of life and death sinks its teeth into foolish men.
Having eyes for you, O Mother, simply contemplating you
with a heart quietened by your tenderness
that silence of yours, chaste as the lilies.
Poem: A liturgical hymn from the breviary quoted by Pope Francis in the homily he delivered during the mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. (Saturday, 13 February 2016)
Image: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City, Mexico