Life Over Death

The great stories that grip our imagination and captivate our interest tend to depict that classic struggle between good and evil. Many writers stress the need to present various aspects of the conflict of good versus evil in their narrative lest the audience drifts away from boredom. This cultural attraction to the drama played out in the struggle of good and evil likely derives from the reality of what St. Paul refers to as spiritual warfare (see Ephesians 6:12, 2 Cor. 10:4) in which he urges us to “fight the good fight” (1 Tim. 1:18). Indeed, the core, consistently running theme throughout the story of salvation is the clash between good and evil. Scripture tells us point blank that the main reason Jesus came to earth was to do battle with evil. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

While it may seem unsettling at first, gaining an awareness of the battle, and those that Christ and his disciples engage with in this struggle help clarify where we are as God works to shine His light in dark places. Those that study the dark world of demons have noticed that the fallen angel’s hatred of people is rooted in envy. Demons have been cast down from their celestial thrones and now their places in the heavenly hierarchy are given to those human beings destined for eternal life. Besides loathing people, demons despise the most fragile and innocent of humans – little children. They burn with envy knowing that the children have been called by God to fill the hierarchy in heaven that the demons vacated with their pride. In their corrupt plan, these fallen angels seek to cast tiny souls out of this before they have the chance to receive baptism. And abortion is their demonic instrument that makes this happen.

Interestingly, Satanists have a mutual convenient alliance with abortion. Abortion’s demonic roots are articulated by former Satanist high-wizard turned Catholic Zachary King. In his book bluntly titled, Abortion is a Satanic Sacrifice, King delves into a gruesome tell-all account of his experience in using abortion as a blood ritual for the devil. As King acknowledged, “Killing something is the ultimate offering to Satan, and if you can kill an unborn baby, that is his ultimate goal.” King’s description of the procedure in which limbs of a fragile baby are gobbled up into a life-sucking machine parallels the horrid apparatus of a cruel death that demons crave.  

King’s book echoes feminist Ginette Paris’ book in which she candidly outlines the dark under-belly of abortion. Her title in the book says it all, The Sacrament of Abortion.

The vile and perverse practice of abortion, in fact, has been going on since Biblical times – just under a different name. Nevertheless, both produced the same dark results – a violent death of children to appease a god (today’s god being sexual and parental “freedom”).

Archeologists have discovered remnants that illustrate that the body of the Cainites’ god, Molech, was essentially a fire pit for killing children in some ritualistic service. We know from the Biblical account that child sacrifice to Ba’al or Molech was viewed as a grotesque sacrilege before God (see 2 Kings 23:10, 2 Chronicles 28:3, 2 Chronicles 33:6, Jeremiah 7:31-32, Jeremiah 19:2-5, Jeremiah 32:35). 

From the evil days of Moloch, to the wicked empire of the Aztecs, child sacrifice has been the glory of Satan. This Satanic darkness was imposed on the United States in 1973 with the unjust law of Roe v. Wade. Consequently, America began to sink further into the abyss of evil. Marxism philosophy perverted this country by sinking into every cultural institution from entertainment, media, politics, and education. During this period, abortion became mainstream and promoted under the deceptive marketing slogans of “pro-choice,” “reproductive rights,” and “bodily autonomy.”

Despite the rot that encircles our landscape, Christ is ever at work liberating His children and this country from the demonic grip. Jesus announced, “A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy. I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). So, whereas the thief (i.e. the devil) delivers a culture of death, Christ creates a world of life ascending for greatness. In His rescue mission Christ generally works by way of miracle in which He bedazzles us – sometimes catching us off guard.

There are no coincidences in God’s Providence, and miracles come when least expected. In fact, miracles are by definition unexpected as they are like heavenly moments of God’s power sneaking in behind the lines of the natural to bring blissful supernatural victories in our battle of good versus evil. Few would have expected Roe v. Wade to be overturned given that the moral standing of the world is in tatters and the expansion of the barbaric practice of child-killing extended to partial-birth in some areas. But, God operates on a different timetable.

As we look at the goings on through the lens of the Catholic religion, prophecy, and the liturgical calendar, we can see a window into a Divine trail that contains a gem worthy of our attention. First, there is Our Lady of Fatima, who implored Russia to be consecrated to her Immaculate Heart back in 1917. Repeated efforts to do this proved unworthy of her request, thus, as Our Lady warned “the errors of Russia” (i.e. communism) would spread across the world. Interestingly, the Soviet Union was the first country in the world to permit abortion within the full sanction of the law in 1920. Sadly, this “error of Russia” has spread to all corners of the world. Yet, finally, this past year Pope Francis heeded Our Lady’s request and consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on March 25th. It is significant to note that March 25th is the Feast of The Annunciation. It is of cosmic magnitude to reflect that this feast celebrates not only Mary’s “be it done to me according to thy word” response but also is that sacred moment when the Word made flesh entered into the womb of Mary. In short, this feast celebrates the moment of conception of God into the womb as human life. Knowing all this, let’s now transition to the date God struck down nationwide abortion in the U.S.

The Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade happened on the Feast of the Sacred Heart which fell on June 24th, which is also the traditional feast day of the birth of Saint John the Baptist. There is a world of significance to unpack in this providential meeting of the Sacred Heart and John the Baptist. Let us consider the first meeting between Christ and John. Immediately after the Annunciation (March 25, the day Pope Francis did the consecration) Mary and her Immaculate Heart visited her cousin Elizabeth, and it is said that upon her arrival, “the infant leaped in her womb.” Therefore, we understand that John, who was around the age of six months gestation, leaped at the arrival of his Savior, who was in the very early stages of life in utero.

The pro-life significance of this encounter is striking. Here, a Sacred Child and a saint-to-be were able to connect in a way that goes beyond mere biology. There is a spiritual element to the encounter which tells us that God has endowed the unborn with a unique human soul, thus the full dignity of a fully-grown human person. As the prophet declared, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you” (Jeremiah 1:5, cf. Genesis 25:22, Luke 1:41,44). In fact, the word “fetus” in Greek means the “the bearing, nurturing, development of young in the egg.” At this crucial initial stage, life is present and bursting with growth both physically and spiritually.

It is significant to recall that Our Lady stayed with Elizabeth for exactly three months, until the birth of John. Perhaps heaven is giving us a glimpse of their workings within the framework of two pregnant women united closely for “three months.” Interestingly, and coincidentally, three months after Pope Francis consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the feast that celebrates Christ’s entrance into the womb, there comes the providential day when the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Heart of John collide. And on that same day a judicial miracle takes place wherein the beating hearts of innocent children are given their rights, their victory. These feast days and the significance of their meaning allow us to see the timing and manner of God’s healing handiwork in our dismal world. So while the “thief comes to destroy” through nationwide abortion, God uses moments in salvation history in the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-28) and the Visitation (Luke 1: 39-45) to give life room to flourish. As an aside, invoking phrases and events in the Bible acts as a battering ram against the demonic. Recall that when Satan was tempting Christ in the desert, Jesus used Old Testament Scripture to repel him away.

The month of June we are told is dedicated to “pride.” Interestingly, pride is known as the deadliest of all sins for it was pride that lead to Lucifer’s fall into darkness. Yet, to combat pride Christ gives us an infinitely important act of humility by condescending Himself down to human flesh even as small as a fetus. In Scripture, humility always beats out pride for “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6, cf. Proverbs 29:23, 16:19, 11:2). In addition, it is often forgotten that John the Baptist was beheaded because of his defense of marriage. It was only when he called out the king’s perverse and adulterous activities that he was put to death. How fitting that Heaven’s Defender of Marriage would intervene in the month of June where marriage is denigrated the most.

St. John leapt in his mother’s womb. He proclaimed the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. He died a martyr’s death to testify to the sanctity of marriage. Therefore, from his conception to his death, he testified to Christ, to life, and to the magnitude of marriage. These crucial points all remain fitting for the message Our Lady of Fatima gave to the children also contained key details about the final battle of good versus evil. The last remaining Fatima seer, Sister Lucia, explained, “The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about marriage and the family.”  Here, we see how while life and marriage are under siege in our society, God gives us saints and moments in history that give us a window into how He will conquer in the end.

While the legal battle of abortion will continue on the state level, with God, we can find the shield of faith that extinguishes the fiery darts of the wicked one—and take up the sword of the Spirit to engage in the great battle of good versus evil.

One woman, in the aftermath of Roe being handed down in 1973, quit her lucrative law firm job in D.C. and committed to doing everything she could to fight this evil. Her name was Nellie Gray, and she is the person responsible for the annual March for Life. Nellie died 10 years ago. Over decades, little by little, she worked her fingers to the bone to fight and make sure abortion was never an acceptable practice. Nellie was an ardent Catholic. June 24, when the court struck down Roe, was also Nellie Gray’s 98th birthday. On that day, June 24, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, the birthday of Nellie Gray, five planets also aligned in the heavens in a spectacular display that hasn’t happened in 20 years and won’t repeat until another 20 years.

Add it all up and it appears heaven just gave us a wink to remind us that in the end. . .God always wins.

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