Newsletter of the District
- February 2000
and understand well, you the most humble of my son, that I am the
ever Virgin Holy Marie, Mother of the True God for whom we live,
of the Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth."
Our Lady of Guadalupe to Blessed Juan Diego, December
MIGHT appear strange to begin this I new year with comments on the
apparition of Our Blessed Lady of Guadalupe, an apparition which
took place in 1531 in Mexico. However, when one considers it attentively,
this apparition is one which fills us with deep hope. After talking
about it in December - the feast is on December 12 I came to realize
many things. Firstly, few people really know about it. Secondly,
the miracles of the cloth and of the eyes are truly astonishing,
and still ongoing today. Thus the Image has many similarities with
the Holy Shroud. Thirdly, there are great links with Fatima, too.
Fourthly, it is a beautiful heavenly answer to the ecumania
raging now in Urbe et Orbe (Rome and the world). Fifthly,
it is also a direct refutation of Vatican II's decree on Religious
Liberty urging the separation of Church and State.
In the following pages you will read the full story of the event
in the oldest recorded text, the Nican Mopohua (or Huei
Tlamahuitzoltica, if you prefer). You can also see the verdict
of science, especially ophthalmology, on this miraculous image.
No need then to dwell on these at this point. Let us rather explain
some other points first.
core of the Mexican apparition is the revelation of Our Lady's Motherly
Heart for a very recently discovered country and a perplexed Bishop,
Bishop Zumárraga. The Bishop did not know what to do with the
Aztec tribes engaged in continuous bloody wars with each other.
The Spaniards had arrived a mere ten years earlier, and it was already
very difficult to draw the natives to the truth of "the white men",
more so when the white man was not always following exactly the
religion of the white man... Bishop Zumárraga prayed to the
heavenly Mother who perpetually helps, to Her who never abandoned
anyone. And the Mother heard the cries of a prince of the Church.
The prayers of Bishops are always weighty before God.
Fatima, Our Blessed Lady revealed Her Immaculate Heart. At
Guadalupe, her Motherhood.
Fatima, Our Blessed Lady revealed Her Immaculate Heart. At Guadalupe,
her Motherhood. These are obviously the same. Is not the mother,
the 'heart' of the home? The concerns of the Immaculate Heart of
such a Mother are always the same: saving souls, bringing them to
the grace of Her Son, and to the heavenly glory hereafter. "The
Lord Will give grace (here) and glory (in heaven)" Ps
83, 12. Has She not promised the conversion of Russia at the simple
prayer of the Pope? In Guadalupe, there was no promise; there was
no need to ask for the right prayer: it was already there. As a
result there was an immediate answer "far exceeding what one
could have thought or understood - superabundanter quam petimus
aut intelligimus" (Eph. 3, 20). Here, we have a tremendous boost
for our hope and trust in the Immaculate Heart's promise to convert
Russia and bring peace to the world. "He (the Pope) will
do it, but it will be late"(Our Lady of Fatima, July 13, 1917).
result of the apparition was, literally, the creation of a new nation,
and a strongly Catholic one. Mexico, as it is known today, is a
social entity thanks to the visitation of Our Blessed Lady in 1531.
The civilization of the Aztecs was one who honored blood-thirsty
gods. Human sacrifices were part of their rituals. The victims of
these sacrifices were most frequently slaves or prisoners of war,
and the methods of immolation were frightening in the extreme. The
need for numerous victims whose blood would prevent the sun-god
from stopping its course justified the continuous neighboring wars.
The bloody hecatomb was actually a horrific inversion of the Christian
sacrifice, in which the blood shed by the hapless victims was held
to redeem the life of a god, and the continuous application of this
human sacrifice was regarded as a solemn duty for the welfare of
the people. Thus, in 1487, at the inauguration of a major temple
in Mexico, the emperor sacrificed 20,000 warriors to the god of
rain and of vegetation Add to all this the ugliness of the idols,
for instance Coatlicue the Aztec `mother of god', and one begins
to have an idea of the situation in Mexico in the early 1500s.
that walked in darkness have seen a great light; to them that dwelt
in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen" (Is. 9,
2). Our Lady came, the Mediatrix of graces, the of Heavenly light.
"Behold, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded
in my ears, the infant leaped in my womb leaped with joy" (Lk
1, 44). This is also true of Mexico. As you will read in the next
pages, as soon as the news of the apparition spread out throughout
the land, the people flocked to Mexico to see the marvels and to
embrace the religion of "the Mother of the True God". Hatred
for one another was replaced by charity, errors by truth, darkness
by light. 909'0 of the 10 million inhabitants were converted in
less than 10 years - 9,000,000 conversions! We can surely call that
a triumph of the Mother of God. The point I come to is this: if
our Blessed Lady accomplished such a triumph of grace in Mexico,
then She can do it again in Russia and in the world! Moreover at
Fatima, She did promise that She would do it under the well-known
conditions. These are past historical facts that should fill us
with tremendous hope for future events.
am the ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the True God",
she said to Juan Diego at the very first apparition, in December,
thus alluding to the false gods dominating the land. This is a distinction
which our modern ecumenists, bishops at their head, are refusing.
For example, a New Age book has been published recently called "The
9 faces of Christ" in which the author attempts to prove that
Christ was actually initiated into all the great religions. Sheer
blasphemy. But, as you can read, further in this issue, in the summary
of what the Federation of the Asian Bishops Conferences is saying,
they believe that "it is an unavoidable truth that the Spirit
of God is at work in all the traditional religions", that all
the religions contain already or lead to Christianity. No matter
what god you ,worship, they are saying, Ganesh, Shiva, Buddha, or
Allah, all these are different names for Our Lord Jesus Christ!
They are I all the same God!
is not the message of our Lady of Guadalupe, "Mother of the True
God". And to prove it, she converted from shocking paganism
to the Church of the True God, Catholicism, 90% of the natives of
Mexico. They left their superstitious worship for the First Commandment
and the true Sacrifice of the Mass, abandoned their awful idols
for the beauty of the Immaculate Queen of
Heaven, and replaced their errors by the revealed truth. "Churches,
monasteries, convents, hospitals, schools and workshops sprang up
all over the country in the wake of this phenomenal missionary conquest,
In 1552 the University of Mexico now the largest in the world) was
established by papal and royal decree and placed an an equal footing
with the celebrated University of Salamanca in Spain. New episcopal
sees were founded, and before long Catholic Mexico was sending native-born
missionaries abroad, especially to Florida, California and far-off
Japan, where their glorious martyrs, St. Philip of Jesus and his
Companions, suffered for the Faith in 1597" (The Wonder of
Guadalupe, by F. Johnston, 1981, p.58).
AND THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
as in his book "They have uncrowned Him" Archbishop
Levebvre sadly observed that the fruits of Vatican II's decree on
religious liberty was the secularization of all the Catholic States,
on the contrary, the fruit of the apparition of Our Lady in 1531
was, as we have detailed here above, a full Catholic civilization,
a society openly subject to the sweet yoke of Christ the King, Son
of the Virgin Mary.
us conclude with a beautiful prayer composed by Pope John XXIII
in 1960: "Hail, Mother of the Americas, Heavenly Missionary of
the New World! From the sanctuary of Tepeyac, for more than four
centuries you have been the Mother and Teacher of the Faith to the
peoples of the Americas. Be also our protection and save us, O Immaculate
Mary. Aid our rulers, stir up a new zeal in our prelates, increase
the virtues of our clergy, and preserve forever our Faith. In every
home may the holiness of the family flourish, and in the shelter
of the home may Catholic education, favored by dour own benign glance,
achieve a wholesome growth."
us apply this prayer to the whole Church so in need of "the ever
Virgin Holy Mark Mother of the True God for whom we live, of the
Creator of all things, Lord of heaven and the earth".
us pray that Our Blessed Lady of Fatima will renew during this year
of the jubilee before our own eyes the marvels She did perform in
Mexico. May her Immaculate and Motherly Heart triumph, may She be
the Queen "of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom
discord keep aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and
unity of faith" and thus, lead every one to her Son and His Catholic
Church so that our modern countries may proclaim "with one cry from
pole to pole: . Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation,
to It be glory and honor forever"