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Mary, Mother of Life: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic or Pro-Life Caucus)
WAU.org ^ | December 2011` | Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR

Posted on 12/12/2011 3:08:06 PM PST by Salvation

Mary, Mother of Life

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary, Mother of Life

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, miraculously imprinted on St. Juan Diego’s cloak, speaks a message about life. First, it shows that Mary is carrying Christ within her.

She is wearing a dark cord with two tassels hanging down from her waist, called a cinta, which was worn only by pregnant women. And photographs of the image, studied by scientists, reveal a slight protrusion of the abdomen, indicating Our Lady is carrying the Christ Child in her womb.

An interesting symbol of life on the image is a particular four-petaled flower called the “Flower of the Sun,” which is placed directly over Mary’s womb. To the Aztecs, who worshipped the sun, the appearance of this sun flower heralded the birth of someone great who would inaugurate a new era. Mary’s Son would be the Son of life. In fact, Mary described herself to St. Juan Diego as the mother of all the living.

The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe communicated a sense of dignity to each person and of the sanctity of human life. This brought an end to the practice of human sacrifice among the Aztecs. Mary told the people about a God who sacrificed his own body and blood so that all people could live. And within ten years of Mary’s appearance, nearly nine million Aztec people embraced the Catholic faith.

Through her appearance as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary teaches us respect for the dignity of human life in all its manifestations—for the unborn, for the disabled, for the elderly, and for the terminally ill. That is why we pray to Mary to restore the sacredness of life, especially under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Mary truly deserves to be called the mother of life. Let us ask for her prayers so that we may help to restore the God-given dignity of every human life that has been degraded by abortion, euthanasia, or assisted suicide. Furthermore, let us ask her prayers so that all may come to the fullness of life that her Son promised when he said, “I came that they may have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

This is excerpted from Following Mary to Jesus, by Andrew Apostoli, CFR. Visit the book section of our website to learn more about Following Mary to Jesus or other books related to Mary.



TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: blessedvirginmary; catholic; guadalupe; motherofgod; ourladyofguadalupe
I have bolded a couple of things in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that spoke to the Aztecs wordlessly.

They understood these symbols.

Another symbol is that Our Lady of Guadalupe is standing IN FRONT of the sun -- telling the Aztecs that something was happening that was more important than their worship of the sun.

Over 8 million were converted with this image.

1 posted on 12/12/2011 3:08:14 PM PST by Salvation
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To: Salvation
http://nobility.org/2011/12/12/guadalupe/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NobilityAndAnalogousTraditionalElites+%28Nobility+and+Analogous+Traditional+Elites%29

Just finished reading this article : ) good timing!
2 posted on 12/12/2011 3:11:43 PM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: nickcarraway; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; ArrogantBustard; Catholicguy; RobbyS; marshmallow; ...

Feast of the Day Ping!


3 posted on 12/12/2011 3:11:57 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: All
Miracles That Defy Science
Since the tilma is made of cactus fiber, it should have disintegrated after 20 years. However, it has survived from 1531 until the present day without cracking or fading. Scientists cannot explain how this is possible. In the 18th century, Dr. José Ignácio Bartolache had two copies of the image made and placed where the original was. After several years, the two copies deteriorated.

Over time, the faithful have tried to “embellish” the tilma. A crown was painted on Our Lady’s head and angels in the clouds. However, unlike the tilma, these additions have worn away and are no longer visible. The rays of the sun, for example, were coated with gold and the moon plated with silver. These embellishments also faded away. In fact, the silver-plated moon turned black.

Scientists are baffled how the Image was imprinted on the tilma. There are no brush strokes or sketch marks on it. Richard Kuhn, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, ascertained that Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image does not contain natural, animal or mineral pigments. The tilma defies natural explanation.
http://nobility.org/2011/12/12/guadalupe/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NobilityAndAnalogousTraditionalElites+%28Nobility+and+Analogous+Traditional+Elites%29
4 posted on 12/12/2011 3:15:05 PM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: thesaleboat
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5 posted on 12/12/2011 3:20:04 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thanks for posting this. I enjoyed another article about Our Lady of Guadalupe that was posted earlier today. I’ve learned so much! Here’s the link to that one: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2819254/posts


6 posted on 12/12/2011 3:21:22 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: thesaleboat

Some VERY interesting information regarding scientific investigation and testing on the Tilma:

http://classic-catholic-artwork.tumblr.com/post/356585485/science-the-virgin-of-guadalupe

;-)


7 posted on 12/12/2011 3:33:50 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SumProVita

Thank you so much SumProVita! I had not seen that before


8 posted on 12/12/2011 4:03:15 PM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: Salvation

I read about the Virgin of Guadalupe yesterday and it filled me with joy (and does even now). I even said a Rosary - it gave me great peace. God bless you for your wonderful faithfulness to Him.


9 posted on 12/12/2011 4:07:18 PM PST by TenthAmendmentChampion (I have a job; therefore I am in the 1%.)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

And may God bless you for your prayers.


10 posted on 12/12/2011 4:09:52 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: thesaleboat

You are very welcome...I think you can download it as a PowerPoint presentation.

That would be a wonderful thing to share in a number of religious ed. classes.

;-)


11 posted on 12/12/2011 4:18:31 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Salvation

I picked up a Spanish prayer card at church last night, addressing Our Lady of Guadalupe as “Mother of Unborn Children.” I hope to order more for distribution in our parish. If they’re not available, the Hispanic Ministry can include the prayer in the Spanish bulletin.


12 posted on 12/13/2011 7:16:57 AM PST by Tax-chick (I'm surrounded by sullen mammals and ravenous reptiles.)
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