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Walmart Store Dedicates Virgin Mary


On Wednesday, Father Brown blessed the mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe that is displayed on the outside of the Sherman Heights Walmart (San Diego). The effort was a restoration since the image was taken down from the earlier Farmer’s Market.

“It’s the only Walmart in the world with a plaque of our Blessed Mother,” said Father Richard Brown.

Hail Walmart,
Full of great bargains,
Low prices are with thee.
Blessed art thou among discount stores,
And blessed is the fruit of thy many sales.
Holy Walmart,
Mother of Low Wages,
Prey on us customers,
Now and at the hour of our shopping.

“It’s something the community members asked for, the business owners asked for,” said store manager Luciano Villela. “We’re very happy to please the community by doing this.”

2 Responses

  1. I don’t understand this “prayer”, can you clarify? You seem cynical about Walmart, but I can’t tell if you’re implying that they shouldn’t be “allowed” to have the picture?

    FATHER JOE: It is not a real prayer. Walmart can do as they like. I am just alluding to irony. There is a vast gulf between Black Friday and the values of faith.

  2. Father Joe , I know you are an art appreciator, why have you expressed a disinterest in fine music appreciation? I would like to have your personal views on this matter elaborated, please? Thank you.

    FATHER JOE: I am not sure what you mean… about the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the side of the store? As for music, I am partial to all sorts (not rap) but I am very pleased with my jazz and classical music collection (which includes chant and polyphony).

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