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Mother of Life and Patroness of the Americas, Pray for us.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the unborn and of the Americas appeared to a native, Saint Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531 to proclaim God’s love to our region. 500 years later, Our Lady of Guadalupe continues to watch over all her children. In 2007 Mexico legalized abortion, and Our Lady revealed to us her sorrow through a miracle on the tilma at the Basilica in Mexico City. On the day the legislation passed, April 24, 2007, a light beamed from her womb exposing Jesus, an unborn child, as a sign of reassurance for us Catholics to continue to uphold and protect the lives of the unborn from the moment of conception. By suggesting that Mother Mary would vote “Blue… for the mothers who have to abort” directly attacks our Blessed Virgin Mary whom the Catholic Church has declared Mary the Mother of Life and confuses the teachings of the Catholic church--which remain unchanging and true.
Today’s political climate has created a big division within society and within the Church. As I find myself in between two political candidates frustrated at what politics in our country means today, I go back to what I know is true: God’s love for humanity and the teachings of the Catholic Faith. In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the ultimate commandment is to love God with all our mind, soul, and heart and that we must love our neighbor as we love ourselves. How best can I love God, if not through loving others? When we think about politics and voting, love of God and love of neighbor must be at the forefront.
As the patroness of the unborn, our Blessed Mother Mary loves her children from the moment of conception and God loves us so much. Scripture tells us, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you.” As documented in the Catechism, the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion and “[t]his teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.” Additionally, the Church states that “the inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.”
The Catechism explains that “a well-formed conscience is upright and truthful. It formulates its judgments according to reason, in conformity with the true good willed by the wisdom of the Creator.” Importantly, the “Word of God is the light for our path,” and we are “assisted by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, [and] aided by the witness or advice of others and guided by the authoritative teaching of the Church.”
We have the freedom to choose to uphold this Truth. Our faith does not tell us who to vote for, but guides us in understanding what is right and just. Today’s society, rightly so, is concerned about rights and equality for every human, but the right to life of every innocent human life does not exist in the United States. Millions of women undergo abortions each year. Millions of lives are lost. Millions of women are hurt physically and mentally by abortion. In our democratic society, we have an opportunity to do something about this tragedy. A step toward pursuing a culture of life is through our government and legal systems. By electing pro-life leaders, the number of deaths by abortion in society will be greatly reduced. Pro-life women and men would be appointed to our judiciary systems and would be enacting policies in the executive branch that protect both life at conception and mothers in crisis pregnancies.
As Catholics, we often disagree on the best way to run an economy or various climate change policies. But we should not disagree on the sanctity of life. We must be united on this Truth! Our faith does not tell us who to vote for. I will not tell you who to vote for. But our faith makes clear that “from the first moment of his existence” --and embryology affirms that this moment takes place at conception-- “a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”
Giovanna Milano is concentrating in Economics and Italian Studies at Brown University.