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Our Lady of Guadalupe and 50 Million Names

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe—indeed, the whole of the Advent season—reveals and reminds us of the utter importance of innocent life and its innate dignity. When the young virgin appeared miraculously to Juan Diego on Mount Tepeyac, she made it known to him that he would have a significant role in converting to Christ 9 million Aztecs who worshiped their false gods with human sacrifice. The indelible image left upon his cloak was that of a young, dark-skinned woman standing on the moon, shrouded in glory with a mantel of stars photocovering her head. Around her waist, she wore the black sash that young mothers wore in Mexico at that time, indicating she was with child.

This image conquered the world, as it not only secured a foothold for the holy faith of Christ in Mexico, but it also proved pivotal in one of the grandest battles in the history between Christianity and Islam not 40 years later, at Lepanto, Greece. Giovanni Andrea Doria, one of the Christian naval commanders, prayed before a replica of this very image in the early morning hours before the commencing of the great sea battle. By 4 in the afternoon, Doria, on behalf of all of Christendom, celebrated victory over the much larger Muslim fleet. All of the Christian naval commanders along with the Pope credited the victory to Our Lady’s intercession. Thus, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a beautiful reminder of the powers and victories of this Virgin Mother of God over the forces of death and darkness.

Unfortunately, these forces are reasserting influence on contemporary society in manifold ways. In the United States of America, abortion slays millions of innocent lives annually, and the coercion exerted on young mothers to rid their wombs of their own children reveals the sinister motives of those working at these so-called women’s clinics. These deaths rival that of the blood-thirsty idols of the Aztecs, who worshiped their spurious gods by offering countless lives of innocent people in order to consecrate their temples. It was against this macabre form of paganism that our Blessed Lady came to rescue God’s people. He heard the cries of the innocent. He sent the one human whose faith overcame the slaughter of the innocent child, Mary, the Mother of God.  He hears the cry of the innocent today, and He still sends the one whose faith helped bring about the victory. 

In honor and devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Great Intercessor of Life and Patroness of the Americas, a dear friend of mine, Charlotte Ostermann, sponsored an event she called the 50 Million Names Project, launching it on December 12, 2013 with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the Chancery chapel for the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas. This much-anticipated launch will allow those wishing to participate to quickly log-on to the online memorial site and formalize a name for one of more of the 50 million babies lost to abortion in this country alone. Charlotte developed a website that has one specific mission: to recognize each and every child as an individual and to honor them with our prayers and special intentions by naming them, thus giving them an identity that gets lost amidst the statistics and rhetoric. Charlotte is encouraging us to offer our prayers not only for the lost child, but also for his or her abortionist, the lost child’s relatives, as well as an end to abortion itself.

Through the naming process, Charlotte hopes to create a legacy of love based on the reality of the dignity and loss of life for each and every precious child.  In a recent interview, she expressed the rationale for her project: “Each child receives recognition by name as a unique, unrepeatable person. They will no longer be viewed as mere statistics. We’ll unite and pray for the intentions of the children we name—for blessing and healing of their abortionists, their families, and for the healing of our country.”

Juan Diego was a simple and poor peasant, aware of the morass of violence in which his culture was rooted, but through the message of the Blessed Virgin Mary, he became a force of change, proving that one person can make a difference. You, too, can make a difference. If you wish to be involved in this project, please pray for success and visit Charlotte’s website at www.50millionnames.org after 7pm Central time on December 12, 2013. Our Lady of Guadalupe, prayer for us, and bring your victory again!

(Pictured: Charlotte Ostermann naming the first baby at the grand unveiling of her website, 50 Million Names. The name chosen: Timothy Russell, after her miscarried son.)

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2 Responses to “Our Lady of Guadalupe and 50 Million Names”

  1. Kathleen says:

    I want to help and name a child. What a wonderful idea!

  2. Charlotte says:

    Thank you, New Advent, for letting people know about 50 Million Names!!!!

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