Cardinal Burke shares love for Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at gathering in NYC

A small group of Relevant Radio® listeners and supporters gathered at the Harvard Club in New York City on Thursday, February 8, for an intimate gathering with His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. John Harper, host of Morning Air®, served as Emcee for the evening.

Cardinal Burke with Relevant Radio associates and others

Cardinal Burke is the Patron of the Order of Malta, serves on the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, and is founder and President of the Board of Directors for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He spoke to the group about his love and vision for founding the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe; his talk was recorded by John Harper and Matt Beardsley and later shared on Morning Air.

“Saint John Paul II published his apostolic exhortation, The Church in America, and he talked about the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her message for all of America, and especially her message in defense of and in promotion of human life, which in our lifetime I saw come under terrible attack in our nation. And so … we were still in the planning phases to develop this shrine, this place of pilgrimage and we decided that it would be a shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe,” said Cardinal Burke.

Cardinal Burke speaks at podium

“And that message would be one—as she said in her appearances to St. Juan Diego—of showing the people God’s merciful love, but particularly for all human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death. So the shrine, from its very beginning, has been a place where people could come on pilgrimage and discover the incomparable good of human life itself created in God’s own image and likeness, redeemed by the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“That, I think, is the principal experience of pilgrims who come to the shrine. They find that—everyone says this—they step on the grounds and immediately they note that it’s a place of prayer, of recollection. It’s a spiritual place and through the prayer there and especially arriving at the shrine church in which the beautiful mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe draws them to the altar and tabernacle, they discover the great mystery of God’s love in Our Lord Jesus Christ. And of course it leads them then to a very strong commitment to protect and foster human life at all stages. We certainly need that in our nation,” His Eminence remarked.

Attendees of the private reception enjoyed spending time with Cardinal Burke and witnessing his joy for the mission of Relevant Radio and hearing him speak of his longstanding relationship with the organization from its beginning. “He was absolutely thrilled that Relevant Radio was now in New York City, the largest market in the country, along with Los Angeles,” said Beardsley, Operations Manager at Relevant Radio. “He was really smiling when he talked about how he remembered when it was just literally, ‘a couple of stations in Wisconsin.’”

Photos shared with permission, courtesy of John Marolakos

Listen to the full audio from Cardinal Burke that was shared on Morning Air here: listen now

Lindsey is a wife, mother, and contributing author at Relevant Radio. She holds a degree in Journalism and Advertising from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lindsey enjoys writing, baking, and liturgical living with her young family.