The Blessed Mother has always played a vital role for Catholics in the fight against abortion. This post is fitting as I post it on the 102nd anniversary of the “Miracle of the Sun”.
Near Fatima, Portugal, in 1917, three children said they saw apparitions of the Virgin Mary, which the Catholic Church accepted as authentic. It became one of the most widespread Marian devotions of the 20th Century.
Now, we must bear to ask the question, how is Our Lady of Fatima connected to the pro-life movement just as much as Our Lady of Guadalupe?
From May 1917 to October 1917, Our Blessed Mother appeared to three children (Jacinta and Francisco Marto, and Lucia Dos Santos). One of the most striking and powerful images the children saw was that of hell in July of that year. Sister Lucia described it:
“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”
Fast forward to today and we are seeing many sins of the flesh committed. One of the most sins committed is the misuse of sex. Sexual promiscuity has destroyed the sacred promise a man makes to a woman when they are united as one flesh in matrimony. In a sense, the misuse of the gift God gave us leads to an abortion when the man does not take responsibility. Some examples include contracepted sex, adultery, fornication, prostitution, pornography, immodest dress, masturbation, homosexuality. In turn, some sins of the flesh often give rise to other serious sins such as abortion and can lead to unfaithfulness, marital breakdown, and divorce.
We need to reclaim that sex is worth waiting for. Our culture may tell us that it is okay, but we must take a step back and see sex as a gift that is given to us in marriage.
Today, our job is to save souls from the inferno suffering of hell. We must fast, pray our rosaries, and most importantly, take a stand for our Catholic faith 24/7. We are in the most pivotal battle of our lives. God is calling all of his soldiers to be battle-ready. Are you willing to answer the call to exercise your duty as a Catholic?
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy.”