Here is my message to Catholics involved in the Prolife movement and Suzanne’s “The Big Blue Wave Fetal Right Blogburst”…
In the year 312 A.D., shortly before his conversion to Christianity, the Emperor Constantine adopted this motto: “εν τούτω νίκα” (Greek), a Latin phrase meaning “in this sign you shall conquer”, after receiving a vision of a cross in the sky just before the Battle of Milvian Bridge against Maxentius. Eusebius recounts that Constantine did not know what the phrase signified at first, but during the night he had a dream where Jesus appeared to him and instructed him to use the symbol of the Cross against his enemies. When he awoke, he instructed his men that the Cross would appear alongside the Roman eagle as they went into (victorious) battle.
Fast forward to the sixteenth century…
Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico as the pregnant Mother of God to Saint Juan Diego, a Chicemeca Indian, on December 9, 10 and 12, 1531. She left a Miraculous Image of her appearance on his cactus fiber cloak, or “tilma”, which still exists today for all to see in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Our Lady came to offer faith, hope and consolation to the oppressed natives of Mexico and to reconcile them with their Spanish rulers. She put an end to the bloody human sacrifice of the Aztecs and converted nine million natives in the next nine years!
On December 12, Our Lady again appeared to Juan on Tepeyac Hill and told him to pick the Castilian roses which miraculously appeared there and bring them to the Bishop as a sign for him to believe her request. Juan gathered the roses into his tilma and brought them to the Bishop. Juan opened the tilma to show them and, to everyone’s astonishment, the Image of Our Lady appeared on it. The Bishop then built the church as Our Lady had requested and nine million natives were converted and baptized to the one, true faith within the next nine years. Human sacrifice ended in Mexico forever. Our Lady of Guadalupe, which means Crusher of the stone serpent, brought the light of the true faith, crushed the false gods of Mexico and established an era of peace.
Side note: Digital technology is giving new leads in understanding a phenomenon that continues to puzzle science: the mysterious eyes of the image of Virgin of Guadalupe. The image, imprinted on the tilma of a 16th-century peasant, led millions of indigenous Indians in Mexico to convert to the Catholic faith. Last week in Rome, results of research into the famed image were discussed by engineer José Aste Tonsmann of the Mexican Center of Guadalupan Studies during a conference at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. For over 20 years, this graduate of environmental systems engineering of Cornell University has studied the image of the Virgin left on the rough maguey fiber fabric of Juan Diego’s tilma. What intrigued Tonsmann the most were the eyes of the Virgin. Though the dimensions are microscopic, the iris and the pupils of the image’s eyes have imprinted on them a highly detailed picture of at least 13 people, Tonsmann said. The same people are present in both the left and right eyes, in different proportions, as would happen when human eyes reflect the objects before them. Tonsmann says he believes the reflection transmitted by the eyes of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the scene on Dec. 9, 1531, during which Juan Diego showed his tilma, with the image, to Bishop Juan de Zumárraga and others present in the room. In his research, Tonsmann used a digital process used by satellites and space probes in transmitting visual information. He insists that the image “that has not been painted by human hand.” As early as the 18th century, scientists showed that it was impossible to paint such an image in a fabric of that texture. The “ayate” fibers used by the Indians, in fact, deteriorated after 20 years. Yet, the image and the fabric it is imprinted on have lasted almost 470 years ago. Tonsmann pointed out that Richard Kuhn, a Nobel Prize winner in chemistry, has found that the image did not have natural, animal or mineral colorings. Given that there were no synthetic colorings in 1531, the image is inexplicable. (Source)
1. THE LADY STOOD IN FRONT OF THE SUN: She was greater than the dreaded Huitzilopochtli, their sun-god of war.2. HER FOOT RESTED ON THE CRESCENT MOON: She had clearly crushed Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent moon-god.3. THE STARS STREWN ACROSS THE MANTLE: She was greater than the stars of heaven which they worshipped. She was a virgin and the Queen of the heavens for Virgo rests over her womb and the northern crown upon her head. She appeared on December 12, 1531 and the stars that she wore are the constellations of the stars that appeared in the sky that day!The reason for their barbarism was because their religion was one of despair and fear of their god and the future. And this is essentially the problem today: modern culture worships the god of fear and despair and the fruit of that worship is abortion and death.
4. THE BLUE‑GREEN HUE OF HER MANTLE: She was a Queen because she wears the color of royalty.
5. THE BLACK CROSS ON THE BROOCH AT HER NECK: Her God was that of the Spanish Missionaries, Jesus Christ her son who died on the cross for all mankind.
6. THE BLACK BELT: She was with child because she wore the Aztec Maternity Belt.7. THE FOUR PETAL FLOWER OVER THE WOMB: She was the Mother of God because the flower was a special symbol of life, movement and deity-the center of the universe.8. HER HANDS ARE JOINED IN PRAYER: She was not God but clearly there was one greater than Her and she pointed her finger to the cross on her brooch._________________
9. THE DESIGN ON HER ROSE COLORED GARMENT: She is the Queen of the Earth because she is wearing a contour map of Mexico telling the Indians exactly where the apparition took place. (Source)
Nine million Aztecs were converted to Christianity because of God working through this image of the Blessed Virgin. These savages were practicing human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale, just like the savages today are practicing human sacrifice on an unprecedented scale.
The only thing that was able to stop the carnage back then was a direct intervention by the Mother of God herself. Not by our own doing or strategies, but by a simple image delivered to a Mexican peasant. Our Lady of Guadalupe has become the patroness and protectoress of the unborn today because of her intercession in stopping massive human sacrifice. Her image as a pregnant woman is an obvious sign today for our current culture of death.
There is a tendency for Catholics, in trying to find common ground with other Christians and other people of faith to hide overtly Catholic instruments (like Our Lady’s image painted on the Tilma) so as to not offend. This is a very, very big mistake. As Catholics, we will not overcome this battle unless we listen to heaven’s commands. No amount of compromising and “lowest common denominator approach” is going to work. All that will signal is that we are simply willing to take the matter into our own hands to end abortion. So far, that strategy has been an abysmal failure and will continue to be so. Guaranteed.
Instead, what we Catholics have to do is to BE CATHOLIC in fighting this battle. The correct approach for the Catholic wing of the pro-life movement is not to water down who we are as Catholics, but simply to witness to our faith and let others witness to theirs according to their own beliefs. If they feel offended at our beliefs, that is not our concern. We follow the Lord and the Lady. We know that our Faith is the truth. Therefore we must live in the truth and employ the instruments that Jesus gives us. God will use the witness of other Christians and other religions in His own way to further the cause as well. And we must always be mindful and respectful of that. BUT, as John Paul the Great has said, we must first “be who we are” instead of some compromised, waterdown politically correct version of Christianity in fighting abortion.
Like Constantine’s experience, only through this image will our side be victorious. If this battle is truly the Lord’s, then let the Lord guide us in the way He chooses. Anything less is doomed to failure. So, as Catholics, let us be who we are and not be afraid, ourselves. If we are faithful to the truth, Our Lady will hasten our victory as she has done through the centuries. How quickly we forget of her power with her Son!
Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5
Today is Pro-life Sunday. We will be witnessing on Street corners around the country, reminding people of the carnage they permit and ignore. As their eyes turn away from us while waiting at the traffic intersection, let us pray for their conversion.
Let us pray that the human sacrifice end!
Come Our Lady of Guadalupe and secure from God the victory over the savagery against these little ones who have no voice.