A few minutes before writing this teaching, my daughter brought to my attention an article by an eighteen-year-old girl who wrote about her abortion. The girl concluded her article by saying: "I want to have a good life. To keep this baby now, when I'm single, broke, and about to start college, would be unfair."
Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, was in similar circumstances. She also was young, single, broke, and pregnant, and probably wanted a good life. The teenage mother above used the word "unfair." Possibly, in her humility, Mary might have also thought it "unfair" that she should be carrying this Child. Mary maintained that she was merely a lowly servant of God (Lk 1:38, 48). She probably thought it "unfair" that Almighty God would honor her among all people for the privilege of carrying God's Son (Lk 1:49).
"Nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37). The abortion industry has a stranglehold on much of the planet, but Mary has a stranglehold on Satan (see Gn 3:15). Through Mary's "Yes," God "guided [her] blow at the head of the chief of our enemies" (Jdt 13:18).
Mary crushed Satan through her "Yes" to God. May we follow her example and her advice by likewise saying "Yes" to Jesus and doing whatever He tells us (Jn 2:5).
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†Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 30, 2007.