Skip to comments.Our Lady of Guadalupe: Protectress of the Unborn
Posted on 01/09/2005 1:44:02 AM PST by Catholic54321
Who would have thought that a small one room office in Washington, D.C. would, in just 15 years, develop into the world's largest pro-life, pro-family organization, Human Life International? Or who could have imagined that in the same amount of time a people once steeped in superstition, pagan ritual, and bloody human sacrifice, experienced such an outpouring of grace that over nine million of them were baptized? The answer? "What is impossible for man, is possible for God." He alone imagined it, and He alone accomplished it, through miraculous intervention of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The appropriateness of hailing Our Lady of Guadalupe as patroness of our apostolate is remarkable. Of all the many manifestations of Mary's loving presence among us throughout the centuries, in this apparition alone does she appear to us in the manner of a pregnant mother. She holds within her the unborn Christ, proclaiming the sanctity and blessedness of life within the womb. Her reverence and tenderness communicate to us the joy and awe with which we must approach each nascent life. In contemplating her simplicity we find the strength to emulate her faith, and proceed with confidence in the knowledge that God will overcome the seemingly insurmountable barriers looming all around us in the world today.
When Mary first appeared to Blessed Juan Diego in 1531, Mexico had been in the hands of Christian leaders for only a short time. Human sacrifice, where blood of infants was often spilled to appease the thirsty demons of the old rite, was still practice surreptitiously, a gruesome continuation of the country's long enslavement to pagan fears. Into this cavern of darkness and ignorance, our Lady of Guadalupe brought a message of maternal compassion. "I am the merciful Mother, the Mother of all of you who life united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who seek me, of those who have confidence in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow, and will remedy and alleviate their suffering, necessities, and misfortunes." No more did the people need to cower in abject terror before the bloodthirsty gods who demanded the death of their children. They found refuge beneath the gracious protection of a gentle Mother.
As our world is poised at the dawn of the third millennium, how much we need her! In every greater numbers society sacrifices our young and aged at demonic altars, hurrying them to destruction through abortion, sex education, prostitution, pornography, infanticide and euthanasia, foolishly believing that just a little more contraception, just one additional population control program, and we will be blessed with the happiness and peace that we so desire.
Against the darkness of this era, we at Human Life International cry out for the assistance and protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Her face radiates the very light of God, while her example reveals authentic feminism. Only by imitating Our Lady's respect for life from the moment of conception can we hope to inherit Life itself. Under her gentle direction we find not only shelter and rest, but confidence and strength to go forth to battle the evil. Through her intercession we can expect tremendous miracles. Though they were few in number, the first Franciscan missionaries in Mexico reaped an unprecedented harvest of souls for God in just a few short years, all under the patronage of Mary. Likewise, at HLI, like David versus Goliath, we stand firm against a vast array of anti-life organizations, imperialistic governments, and literally billions of dollars, yet continue to flourish. Countless children have been rescued from the slaughter, and entire generation that will live to praise God. Thousands of souls have been turned away from fear and death, to embrace life and joy. Families the world over have learned to look to HLI for support and encouragement against what the Holy Father has termed "a culture of death."
Indeed, our efforts have met with such success that International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world's largest promoter of abortion, contraception, and sterilization, has named HLI its "number one enemy." HLI has cut hundreds of millions of federal funds for population control programs. "Pill pushers" the world over have learned to loathe the name of 'Human Life International'. HLI currently serves nearly 100 nations worldwide, and in all of our affiliates Our Lady of Guadalupe is held in great reverence. She is indeed the "Mother of al mankind," and we in the pro-life movement cherish a special allegiance and devotion to her banner. Though she is known as the "Queen of the Americas," she has extended her influence to every continent through her servants in the pro-life cause, bearing the message of love and life to all nations.
In 1996, we placed our new World Headquarters under her protection. Located in Front Royal, Virginia, USA, our 57,000-square-food facility is neo-Gothic in design and cruciform in shape, symbolizing Christ's saving act as the center of our work. A huge warehouse will allow us to stock and ship a far greater volume of pro-life materials around the world. At the very heart of the building is the Saint Michael the Archangel Chapel where Our Lady of Guadalupe will be prominently featured, and through her intercession we will develop more programs to rescue the preborn, promote research and training that supports the family, and carries the "Gospel of Life" to every nation.
The miraculous image of Mary carrying within her womb the unborn Jesus, shows us more poignantly than words that the child is the heart of the family and the family is the foundation upon which a peaceful society will be built. This is the soul of our mission. Daily we feel her blessing. In a miraculous gift of providence, the entire expense for our new building has been supplied through Mary's soldiers, our benefactors. And didn't Mary tell us that this would be the case when we busied ourselves with her work and left our cares in her hands? "Listen and be sure, my dear son, that I will protect you; do not be frightened or grieve, or let your heart be dismayed, however great may be the illness that you speak of. Am I not here? I, who am your Mother? And is it not my help a refuge? Am I not of your kind? Do not be concerned...Is there anything else that you need?"
Only through the heart of a Mother so benevolent and powerful can we hope to achieve our ends. If my many years of world travels have taught me anything, it is that we are always the underdog. The opposition is always bigger, better funded, and has the support of the government and the media. We are like a ragged little dog against the bully with the stick. But Mary assures us that we need not worry or be frightened. We need only to ask her intercession and she will see the victory, despite the most overwhelming odds.
It is a combination that cannot lose. Our Lady of Guadalupe appears to us as the Mother of Christ, who is the head of his Church. She directs us to look to her Son, to "do whatever He tells you," to uphold the teachings of His Body, the Catholic Church. Therefore, we promote and defend the teachings the Church without exception, without compromise. Indeed, it would be the greatest foolishness to do otherwise. Time and again I have seen that once a society has accepted contraception, abortion follows. The 'slipper slope' goes down fast from there. Abortion ushers in the greatest disrespect for human life and human sexuality and heralds the inception of innumerable evils: pornography, child abuse, infanticide, and euthanasia. Catholics who were once faithful begin using contraception and suddenly lose all apostolic zeal. The family begins to disintegrate and society starts to self-destruct.
There can only be one solution: to turn in true faithfulness to the teachings of Christ and accept the peace and freedom that He offers us, especially through His emissary, Our Lady of Guadalupe. She is the model of the obedient virgin, the faithful subject, the loving mother, the gentle spouse, and the charitable woman. Her virtues extol the grace of God, her obedience His wisdom, and her miracles His power. We are in this battle until God wins. We will not be deterred by opposition, government interference, political correctness, and the alliances of the devil. As Saint Paul said: "We will fight the good fight."
With the help of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we cannot falter. The first miracle of Jesus at Cana was on behalf of a family, and undertaken at Mary's request. That alone tells us that we are in the right business and have her blessing! Than 1500 years later in Mexico, in the midst of seemingly impregnable darkness, she shone forth radiantly as a champion of the family, a pregnant mother standing against the horror of human sacrifice. Beneath the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we shall not only survive, but prosper. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
It's ironic that this was written just before the big coup at HLI. Fr. Paul Marx was kicked out and put under house arrest at his motherhouse in Minnesota, under accusations of having lost his mind. Meanwhile, new priests came in and changed the hard-line pro-life tone that had annoyed some bishops.
Of course I supported Fr. Marx 100% in the dispute, however the tone of this letter reveals a pride and presumption and triumphalism that was out of place considering the state of the unborn in 1997 (as well as today). Maybe he should have been focusing more on his mission instead of building chapels. He was better off in the one-room office.
BTW, there was later a counter-coup and the current priest running HLI has revoked the Judas-like policies of the interim directors, as I understand.
December 12, 2006
Our Lady of Guadalupe
The feast in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to the sixteenth century. Chronicles of that period tell us the story.
A poor Indian named Cuauhtlatohuac was baptized and given the name Juan Diego. He was a 57-year-old widower and lived in a small village near Mexico City. On Saturday morning, December 9, 1531, he was on his way to a nearby barrio to attend Mass in honor of Our Lady.
He was walking by a hill called Tepeyac when he heard beautiful music like the warbling of birds. A radiant cloud appeared and within it a young Native American maiden dressed like an Aztec princess. The lady spoke to him in his own language and sent him to the bishop of Mexico, a Franciscan named Juan de Zumarraga. The bishop was to build a chapel in the place where the lady appeared.
Eventually the bishop told Juan Diego to have the lady give him a sign. About this same time Juan Diegos uncle became seriously ill. This led poor Diego to try to avoid the lady. The lady found Diego, nevertheless, assured him that his uncle would recover and provided roses for Juan to carry to the bishop in his cape or tilma.
When Juan Diego opened his tilma in the bishops presence, the roses fell to the ground and the bishop sank to his knees. On Juan Diegos tilma appeared an image of Mary as she had appeared at the hill of Tepeyac. It was December 12, 1531.