“Am I not here, who is your Mother?” -Our Lady of Guadalupe
Sermon: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Audio Sancto
Sermon: Our Lady of Guadalupe, Rt. Rev. Father Franklyn McAfee – 11 December 2011
On the Vigil of the glorious Solemnity of All Saints in 1517 a man walked up to the doors of the great All Saints’ Castle Church and nailed a document to the main door. He was a Priest of the Order of Saint Augustine, yet all but a small handful of his 95 thesis were nothing but heresy. The place was Wittenberg, Germany and the man Martin Luther.
This highly symbolic act marked the beginning of the destruction of Catholic Europe. In it’s wake whole countries would be swept away into schism, heresy, and apostasy. England, once known as the Island of the Saints, apostatized en masse led by their Catholic King who was once given the title of: Defender of the Faith. The one and only Bishop who stood up to the King was the venerable Cardinal-Bishop of Rochester. For his trouble he was put to death along with the Kings own Lord Chancellor, and we know them now as Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More.
Thousands upon thousands of souls were lost in those days, and countless more in the centuries since ultimately because of these actions and these men and several others. But it was just in these most dire days that an incredible event took place half way around the world in a missionary territory supported by the one ancient Catholic country not ripped apart by the Protestant Revolt: Spain.
The situation was desperate for the Bishop of the missionary territory. He was a Franciscan and a Spaniard and was deeply saddened by the mistreatment of the natives by his own people, and the great hindrance this produced in the conversion of the local people. We must here recall that when the Spaniards came to the new world bringing with them the Catholic faith they encountered the most blatantly satanic society the world has ever seen.
Not only was there a deeply embedded practice of ritual human sacrifice, but far more terrible was the sacrifice of children in particular. The Aztec empire during the latter part of the 15th century was averaging around 50,000 human sacrifices every single year. On one particular occasion over the course of a single day for a particular festival 10,000 warriors were sacrificed to appease the God of war.
The practice was to cut out the still beating heart of a grown man offering up his body and blood to placate the “god” (demon) they were worshiping: Huitzilopochtli. And we must make no mistake about this fact that all of the so called “gods” of pagan cultures are each and every one real demons. This is made very clear in Sacred Scripture:
“All the gods of the Gentiles are devils.” -Psalm 95:5
But the most terrible practice was, as I said, the sacrificing of Children. One out of every five Aztec children was raised with the explicit intent of sacrificing them. They were raised in all comfort being pampered in every way so that when it came time for their sacrifice they would cry more, and thus would appease the rain “god”. (Our Lady of Guadalupe: And the Conquest of Darkness, by Dr. Warren Carroll)
Some believe that Moloch (a demon to whom certain Jews sacrificed their children to in ancient times) and Huitzilopochtli are one in the same and that this very same demon is intimately connected with the modern abortion industry. It has been demonstrated on numerous occasions the close link between the demonic and abortion industry. Of course many are not explicitly satanic, but there quite a number of Abortion Clinics owned/run by self proclaimed witches and practices of the occult. There are even those abortion clinic nurses who would fornicate and intentionally get pregnant simply in order to abort the child as part of a satanic ritual sacrifice. (Citation)
For an in depth look at the philosophical implications of this on society I recommend reading chapters Six and Seven of Part I of G.K. Chesterton’s Everlasting Man.
It was only twelve years after the arrival of the Westerners into the area and very few converts had been made. The Bishop was at his last resort to deal with his own people and was forced to put the whole area under the grave punishment of Interdict, which meant that no sacraments were available to anyone at any time. He then begged our Lady for help and asked of her a sign that she would bring him Castilian roses from his homeland.
He would not have to wait long for an answer.
In the early morning of December 9, 1531 (then the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Spanish Empire), a widower and catechumen of 57 was walking from his village to Mexico City. On his way Juan Diego saw on the slopes of the Hill of Tepeyac a vision of a girl of fifteen or sixteen years of age, surrounded by light. She would reveal that she was the ever Blessed Virgin Mary, and she asked him to take a message for her to the Bishop. And what touching words did not she speak to him when he expressed his worry and concern about his unworthiness for the task and his fear for his uncles health:
“Let not your heart be disturbed… Am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection? Am I not your health? Are you not happily within my fold? What else do you wish? Do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.”
She sent him to speak to the Bishop and after several tries eventually our Lady’s message was received and opening his tilma Juan Diego spilled forth Castilian roses and upon the front of the tilma was the image we have come to know well as Our Lady of Guadalupe. And while countless souls were being lost in Europe this even inaugurated the single most incredible series of conversion the world has ever seen.
The image was taken out of the pontifical residence and shown to the people and they immediately saw many things from their own traditions that showed them who she was. Firstly, they saw that she appeared as a native like them and they clearly identified with her as one of their own. She was standing on the moon and eclipsing the sun showing that she was more powerful than both of those “gods”. She wore a black sash over her middle which signified that she was with child and over her womb in the pattern of her garment was a flower that signified divinity so they immediately discerned that she was the mother of God. They all wanted to know who was this divine son, and the Spanish missionaries were only too happy to tell them that it was our Lord Jesus.
What followed is unparalleled in any other place or time in the history of the Church. So many people wanted to convert that the good Fathers were forced to write to Rome and ask permission to suspend parts of the baptismal rite in order to perform all the baptisms. In the ten years that followed the apparition of our Lady ten million Indians were converted. And these people as I have said were a product of the most evil and blatantly satanic culture that has ever existed, and through the intercession of our Lady there was a Pentecost every day for 10 years. No other miracle is greater than the conversion of a heart, whether it is a healing, bi-location, the suspension of regular natural phenomenon, or even the raising of a man from the dead. And this was the conversion of ten million people!
This is why our Lady has become the special patron of the pro-life cause in the North America, and most fittingly since she has been declared Empress of the Americas by Pope Saint Pius X.