UNBORN WORD of the day

Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Unborn
September 22, 2008, 9:58 pm
Filed under: Mother of the Lord, Pro-life, Unborn Jesus

The two best known pro-life priests have written about Our Lady of Guadalupe and the unborn. Both recognize  that this apparition is unique because when Mary appeared to Juan Diego she was pregnant. Some of you will ask how do we know that this is so.

We know it because of  the Maternity Band: The maternity band around the woman’s waist was the sign of a pregnant woman, a mother who is about to give birth, it was a sign to the Indians that someone is yet to come.

Calling it a surprising image this is what Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said about Our Lady of Guadalupe: “Today this image is still preserved on Juan Diego’s tilma, which hangs over the main altar in the basilica at the foot of Tepeyac Hill just outside of Mexico City. In the image, Our Lady is pregnant, carrying the Son of God in her womb. Her head is bowed in homage, indicating that she is not the Goddess, but rather the one who bears and at the same time worships the one true God.”  and “…Our Lady of Guadalupe has been declared the ‘Patroness of the Unborn’.”

From: Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Pro-life Movement

Father Thomas Euteneuer of Human Life International states: “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.”

From: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Protectress of the Unborn

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I continue to be impressed by the quality of your articles and the use of images with them.

Robert Bellarmine is today a lesser-known (I think; at least he is rarely talked about) apologist of the Reformation era. He’s part of the great line of Jesuits whose emphasis on education of the clergy and then of the laity spilled over into the missions.

Your article on St. Robert Bellarmine, a Doctor of the Church, comparing the Incarnation to a marriage is very well written. It ties into your presentation of Pope John Paul II’s theme of eternity’s entry into time. In the Sacrament of marriage, the Church bears witness to a man and a woman entering into a union with each other forever. Thus, the eternal element, enabled by the Holy Spirit, enters into the temporal reality of the two human beings who become one together.

Marriage involves both unitive and procreative aspects; the rearing of children, as God wills this, also become an essential part of the union of ‘forever’ and of time in Holy Matrimony.

This is my quick summary and thoughts on your last few posts. I’m following your blog attentively, and still working on my post on the Canadian Martyrs. It may become two posts, since I have a lot of information that is difficult to leave out.

Keep up your excellent work on this site. God bless,


Comment by canadiancatholicblog

Thanks Warren,

The post on Robert Bellarmine was all his own words. I just broke it down as bullet points so it was easier to read. I got the quote from the Canadian Catholic Bishops website. I have a link to it.

As I told you I am looking forward to your post on the Canadian Martyrs.


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