And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried travailing in birth: and was in pain to be delivered. And there was seen another sign in heaven. And behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns and on his heads seven diadems. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered: that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. – Revelations 12:1-4
There can be no doubt that the woman of Revelations is Mary the Mother of God. It is fitting that the Catholic Church should open the New Year with a celebration of her motherhood on January 1. It is fitting because, just as the dragon waited to devour her son, so it has waged a cruel war against preborn children and their mothers in this country for at least the past 38 years. In fact, as Revelations says, “Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring.”
There can be no doubt that we are at war for the immortal souls of hundreds of millions of people, and we will not win until we engage the enemy on the field of battle. This is not an earthly war, fought with guns and bombs, but a spiritual war which can only be fought through faith—with a formula for battle that was presented to us by God thousands of years ago.
Approximately 1400 BC, the Israelites began their invasion of Canaan. This war can very easily be viewed, in a certain sense, as being representative of the war between a culture of life and a culture of death. The Israelites worshipped the Almighty God, creator of Heaven and Earth and of all life. The Canaanites, on the other hand, worshipped false gods, particularly Moloch, to whom children were regularly sacrificed.
Canaan was a nation of strong armies and vast, impenetrable city walls and, by all appearances, was far too powerful for the wandering tribes of Israel to conquer. But God provided a formula for them to follow. God instructed Joshua to have seven priests take up the Ark of the Covenant and, in procession around the city walls, blow rams’ horns with the Ark following behind them. On the seventh day, the city walls fell and the Israelites completely conquered the city of Jericho.
Mary is the Mother of God, but she is also called the Ark of the New Covenant. She is called this because, just as the Ark of the Old Covenant contained the Law of God which was handed to Moses, Mary carried The Word Made Flesh within her womb, and it is through her womb that salvation came into the world.
Today, the dragon has built a New Canaan in Planned Parenthood—and the blueprint for bringing down its seemingly impenetrable walls and limitless resources is to bring the Ark of the New Covenant to the front of the battle.
American Life League’s campaign to Bring Jesus to Planned Parenthood through Mary does just that. With special prayers written by Bishop Emeritus John W. Yanta of Corpus Christi, Texas, and beautiful images of Our Lady which bear the words, “Please stop Planned Parenthood,” American Life League is providing prayer warriors across the nation with the winning strategy for finally and definitively bringing an end to the culture of death.
Mary, Mother of God, help us.