Some of the instruments
to kill children in the womb
Mary faces an unplanned pregnancy. Her response is Let it be
done to me according to your word
. She freely chooses to
accept the Child, and in doing so, acknowledges the primacy
of the word. In other words, the truth
of God's Word exists
before her own choosing. She submits to a word, a truth, she
did not create. At the heart of the "pro-choice" mentality
is the idea that we create our own truth
. This mentality
holds that the value of the unborn child, and that child's
very right to exist, depend upon
the choice of the mother.
In the pro-life mentality, on the other hand, the choice of
the mother must respect the truth of the inherent value of
, which does not in any way flow from or depend
upon us. Let it be done to me according to your word.
As we submit to that truth, God does not rob us of our
freedom. Instead, He lifts it up to Himself.
Mary's Practical Charity
Mary was firmly rooted in the truth and in charity. When she
received Gabriel's message and learned she would be the
mother of God, she did not lose sight of the pressing needs
of her kinswoman Elizabeth. She undertook the arduous
journey to the hill country, and tended to Elizabeth's needs
for three months. (See Lk.1:39-56). Mary kept in touch with
both heavenly and earthly reality. The truth of her new
status did not distract her from Elizabeth's needs. Mary
responded to those needs in a very practical way. The same
happened at Cana. The celebration there in company with
Christ and the Apostles did not blind her to the real needs
of the newlyweds. And she responded.
Union with God does not turn us in on ourselves. Authentic
holiness makes us more aware of and responsive to the real
needs of others. The pro-life movement responds to the real
needs of real children and their mothers. We provide these
mothers with the concrete medical, financial, psychological,
and spiritual help they need. Nothing distracts us. This is
Marian pro-life ministry.
There is an axiom in psychiatry that says, "Believe
See what the speaker does. The "pro-choice"
(pro-abortion) movement masks over reality, and for all its
rhetoric leaves women only three things: a scarred mind, a
wounded body, and a dead baby. The pro-life movement,
through more than 3000 helping centers throughout the
nation, offers women real help in their need, and the gift
of life. We learned this from a very special Mother.
Assumed into Heaven
”Abortion is fueled by fear and despair.”
The Assumption speaks of the victory of Life over death.
"Today the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to
be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its
(Preface of the Assumption, P59). The
Assumption is not only about Mary; it's about us. Mary has a
unique privilege. Being the Mother of God, she was taken at
once into glory upon the completion of her earthly life. Yet
the entire Church is the Body of Christ. As we pray on the
Ascension, "where He has gone, we hope to follow"
of the Ascension, P26). We, too, are called to share an
everlasting life, in body and soul, in the company of Christ
and all who are saved. "I will raise him up on the last day"
The conviction, renewed by the Assumption, that the destiny
of the human person is to be in the heights of heaven, is
clearly incompatible with allowing human persons to be
thrown in the garbage.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Unborn. Her
image was left on the tilma of Juan Diego at a time when
human sacrifice was practiced by the Aztecs. They did this
because of fear and despair, thinking the gods were against
them and would destroy them. In her image, Our Lady is
pregnant, and is carrying the God who is so much on our side
that He becomes one of us! This Christian truth restored
hope, and ended the practice of human sacrifice.
In our day, the child sacrifice which is abortion is
likewise fueled by despair and fear. The Missionary Image of
Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to travel the nation and
inspire people in their fight against abortion. You can
inquire about its schedule, or request its presence in your
community, by contacting
The Missionary Image of Our Lady of
144 Sheldon Road
St. Albans, Vermont 05478
Tel. 802-524-5350; fax 802-524-5673; email firstname.lastname@example.org.