“In 2009, then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited the basilica in Mexico City to see Our Lady of Guadalupe. After laying a bouquet before the miraculous tilma of St. Juan Diego, she stood examining the spectacular image of the pregnant Virgin.
‘Who painted it?’ the Secretary asked Msgr. Diego Monroy, standing at her side.
The priest paused before he replied.
‘God,’ he said.
Mrs. Clinton left the basilica and flew to Texas, there to receive the Margaret Sanger Award: the highest honor bestowed by Planned Parenthood.”
This was from an article by Sean Fitzpatrick on the eve of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (see here).
Sam Guzman, the editor/publisher of The Catholic Gentleman, has been sharing the brilliance of the mind and spirit of Blessed Fulton J. Sheen in the “Fulton Fridays” series, the latest entitled “Mary and the Muslims” (click here).
Now, read both articles and tell me if you do or don’t see a clear connection between the two (I know this is a temporary trial, but please bear with me and think about how both articles complement each other).
Because Mary Knows
I need not add to the erudite and holy wisdom contained in the articles above. I cannot. Yet I see a link between Guadalupe and Fatima that surely you have seen. I don’t know if Sean Fitzpatrick and Archbishop Sheen were in some way angelically led to an obvious conclusion or not: that the Blessed Mother, under both of her titles, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Fatima are the answer to the premier crises of our day.
After all, it was only after Mother Mary appeared to St. Juan Diego and left a gift of roses and the indestructible imprint of her visage on his tilma did the Aztec Empire truly fall as far as faith is concerned. The Spaniards were having no success converting the native people until this miracle. And remember the Aztecs practiced human sacrifice to their gods, especially virginal sacrifice. After the miracle, millions converted because Mary spoke to them these words in their own language and using symbolism they could and most definitely understood: “Be not afraid; am I not your mother?”
So, today, when we need her most, cannot Our Lady, especially under her title Our Lady of Fatima, speak to the renewed confrontation of Christianity and Islam? She converted, practically, an entire hemisphere before. Can she not do so again and prevent what Pope Francis, and others, have referred to as the beginning of World War III?
As Archbishop Sheen stated “Mary, then, is for Moslems the true Sayyida, (or, ‘Noble Lady’). The only possible serious rival to her in their creed would be Fatima. The daughter of Mohammed himself. But after the death of Fatima, Mohammed wrote: ‘thou shalt be the most blessed of all women in Paradise, after Mary’. In a variant of the text, Fatima is made to say, ‘I surpass all the women, except Mary.’”
So then, is the Blessed Mother our true link to reconciliation between Christianity and Islam? History has proven that the Mother of God has intervened on the behalf of mankind time and again. Should our time be any different?
No, I don’t think so.
I think she knows something that Donald Trump and Barak Obama and Hillary Clinton do not and never will, without the grace of God: that there is a divine way. A way beyond drones and bombs, a way without armies and tanks and bans on immigration. These are temporary solutions. Band aids when surgery is really required. Yes, I understand their efficacy, especially since we are faced with imminent danger and must respond and rush to the aid of those under the boot of inexplicable evil; those who cry out for mercy and justice. Still, all-out war and all of the consequences this entails and ensures is certainly in our future unless we address our differences and solve them. And governments cannot do this.
This is not within the purview of political systems because they cannot understand it. Especially, when our government, in this day and age, denies and fights against the very existence of a higher power that supersedes their authority.
We used to recognize this. It used to be the very bedrock of our country. It was purposely written into our sacred documents which should have restrained and controlled our three branches of government. It was even inscribed upon the edifices of our national buildings. Certainly our founding fathers believed in this; because they fought and died for the idea of a republic, as Benjamin Franklin put it, “if you can keep it.”
Somehow, over just a century-and-a-half, we’ve lost the firm belief as Lincoln so eloquently put it that “we are the last best hope for mankind.”
But, are we anymore?
“Am I Not Your Mother?”
Things today are topsy-turvy. People know longer trust government as is evident by Donald Trump’s popularity. I can fully understand why. I feel the same way and don’t blame anybody looking beyond the beltway and outside of entrenched political circles because I no longer trust those who have been feeding from the public trough for years and provide nothing new, nothing substantial, nothing we can hang our hat on. We’re fed up. We see no end to the crises in the Middle East that has taken the lives of so many of our sons and daughters. We’re in desperate need for real answers and real solutions.
We feel time is short. We sense an ominous battle looming beyond our control. We are afraid. And, we should be.
That’s why we should no longer look to government for anything: not our welfare; not our safekeeping; not the future well-being of our children or grandchildren. Because government is no longer to be trusted with any of these things.
So, where can we turn?
To her, I think. To our mother, Mary. Not out of desperation and/or despair, but in total confidence that she will intervene, once more, for her children. She will never let us down.
Let’s bow our heads and then lift them up and take complete confidence in her intercession for us to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
And, to answer the title of this article’s question, “Mary Did You Know?” A song that has become a modern Christmas classic, whose lyrics and music were written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, and originally recorded by Michael English, in 1991: the answer is yes, I think she knew.
She has certainly known since her fiat, her unquestionable affirmation to eternity in the omnipresent power of the child in her womb and her determined and unconditional acceptance. She was prepared to know since her Immaculate Conception in her mother’s womb.
And, she knows now.