In old Buenos Aires, Autumn is an inspiring season. As I progress through the chapters of Guadalupe: A River of Light I learn more and more about some topics whose existence I never even imagined. One thing that came to my mind today was the timing of the Miracle of Tepeyac. The poor Bishop Zumarraga was sent to Mexico with both spiritual and temporal powers to act in the name of God and Crown. At the time of the miracle, the Crown of Spain was resting on one of the most Catholic heads ever to hold the title of King: Charles V, the grandson of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand, a Habsburg, and a faithful Catholic monarch if there was ever one. I like to quote him from time to time on the matter of languages: “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse.” Understandably he was a contemporary of St John of the Cross, of Cervantes, and St Teresa of Avila. King Charles was also the father of Don John of Austria, the victor of Lepanto.
Back to Bishop Zumarraga, who had to represent such a noble and gracious monarch. He was sent to defend the native Mexicans from a group of rapacious Spaniards who opposed the conversion of his new Mexican subjects. At the same time, there were some natives who did not want any Mexicans to convert to the faith of the conquerors and some decent Spaniards who opposed their avaricious compatriots. To sum up the situation, everyone was fighting everyone. Bishop Zumarraga was a man of strong faith and he did what a man of faith does when facing a desperate situation: he fell to his knees and poured prayer after prayer before the Lord. The day of the Immaculata, December 8, 1531, in a secret report sent to King Charles he briefly wrote: “Unless there is supernatural intervention, the country is lost.”
The answer to his prayers did not tarry long. Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to St Juan Diego at daybreak the following day. Three and a half days later, Juan Diego was pouring the roses before the astonished Bishop, and the story of the miraculous tilma began. Three and a half days, the same length of time of the Passion. It took thirteen days to build the first chapel at the Cerrito, Tepeyac Hill. Only one day after Christmas the conversions began: nine million in four years. Do the math: that is slightly over 6,000 baptisms per day for four years. A Catholic nation was born of Mary in a near instant.
Isaiah 66:8 – Who hath ever heard such a thing? and who hath seen the like to this? shall the earth bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be brought forth at once, because Zion hath been in labor, and hath brought forth her children? (Douay-Rheims Bible)
Since the days of our first mother Eve, the world has been lost to sin. Eve was tempted into envying the wisdom of God. She failed to see the honor of being the physical and spiritual mother of all mankind because she was tricked into desiring the wisdom proper of the fatherhood of God. After the fall she was given the name “Mother” (Hebrew, Ava)
Genesis 3:20 – The man named his wife Eve because she was going to be the mother of all who will live.
Unfortunately for us, when she fell for Satan’s lies, our first mom carried inside her all the humans that will ever be and therefore, all mankind inherited sin and death. That woman destined to be the mother of faithful humanity chose unwittingly to give birth to a condemned race. One could consider that awful mistake as a first and massive abortion. Curiously enough our word abortion comes from two Latin words, ab (off, away from) and hortus (garden) that is, off the garden. Adam and Eve were thrown off the Garden of Eden with all their descendants in tow.
The race condemned to death by the envy of one mother had to be rescued by the generous self-giving of another Mother. Just as Eve in the Garden of Eden desired for herself the fruit of the Tree (Gr. xylon). The night previous to the Crucifixion her Son had been arrested and taken off the Garden of Gethsemane to face trial. Once in Calvary Mary of Nazareth desired for herself the fruit of a much less desirable tree, the Cross (Gr. xylon, stavros) because in her pure Immaculate Heart she wished the sufferings of the Cross for herself. There we find a secret revelation: the fruit of the Cross must, therefore, be equal to the wisdom of God. What a profound mystery has been placed before us!
It is important to see that – for us to be rescued from sin – a mother had to surrender a perfect infinite Son to a sacrificial death. Mary of Nazareth knew that it was the Father’s perfect will to let Jesus – her Son – die for us. She was obedient but her motherly heart was not spared the pain. She would have taken the place of Jesus without any hesitation. The precious blood of Jesus and the sorrows of Mary flow together from the Cross. Meditate on it often: mankind was condemned to eternal chains by the disobedient envy of Adam and Eve. Mankind was redeemed by the obedient, generous sacrifice of Jesus and Mary.
St Jude 6 – And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, [God] has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great day.
Throughout history, the enemy of God has been preparing for the final battle. He knows he is going to lose but his will is fixed on rebellion. He cannot repent or surrender. When the final battle comes, the enemy wants to have all the troops he can gather. The most rebellious of his fallen angels have been prisoners in deep wells of darkness since the days of Noah’s Flood. As the day of battle approaches, the devil has to set them free. In a grotesque mockery of God’s love, he has recruited many human mothers to offer the innocent blood of their unborn children to help the cause of the demons. The devil has cajoled and connived millions of mothers into the practice of abortion. A few of those mothers know perfectly well what they’re doing but most of them continued to be fooled just like Eve was.
In our days, the demonic forces have many human allies. The devil has blinded the leaders of mankind into making rapid changes to social structures built with the experience of millennia. As a result, societies across the globe are becoming brittle. The continuous assault of Cultural Marxism has redefined the role of men, women, children, education, sexual mores, etc. all at once without any regard to consequences. One among many undesirable results of birth control and legal abortion is quite evident among those living in the so-called developed countries: while birth rates drop immigration grows. Europeans are importing African and Middle-Eastern Muslims to replace their own young ones that will never be born. Americans are likewise importing young Latin Americans. This is simply a huge population replacement operation. The present generations are giving away the future to have a better life today at any cost. Can you see the parallel with Eve, who sacrificed everything she had by taking what amounted to a suicidal shortcut?
The West is now at a crossroads. The law of unintended consequences is rearing its ugly head. Some of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico thought it was easy to defeat a bunch of savages to enrich themselves quickly. The result was a societal collapse so fast that could have resulted in the total loss of the Mexican nation. Thank God for one faithful Bishop. That is all it took to solve the problem: one good heart, two knees, and sincere prayers.
Something tells me that, if we all pray enough, we will have a visit from Heaven at day break.