From Ocean To Ocean
Blogged by James Preece on 16th October 2012
It has been three months since I blogged about the From Ocean to Ocean pro-life pilgrimage. In that time the icon has made her way across Russia, and Eastern Europe. Through Kasakhstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Lichtenstein and in to Switzerland. Soon she will pass through Germany and Belgium and on the 5th November she arrives in Great Britain.
In secular human terms what is happening here is bonkers. Instead of doing something useful Pro-lifers are instead carrying a piece of wood 18,000 miles from Vladivostok across Russia and Europe to Fatima.
In metaphysical terms what is happening is far more incredible. It is an act of faith - entrusting the protection of the civilisation of life and love in to the hands of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
Against a backdrop of widespread abortion and demographic collapse, after a thousand years of relentless division, the Mother of God is bringing together her Orthodox and Catholic sons and daughters to work together to bring about the new civilisation of love. The Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa pre-dates the great schism - she is venerated in both the Orthodox East and the Catholic West. Through the veneration of the Mother of God the Church is breathing with both her lungs.
I don't think comparisons with Lepanto are far fetched - European civilisation is falling to pieces and things are way to far gone for anybody to seriously think pro-lifers can "win" in human terms. We must entrust things to Our Lady, the Mother of God. She is the new Ark of the Covenent and we are carrying her in to battle. The original Ark carried only the law, but Mary carried the one who would fulfil the law and she says to Him now on our behalf "they have no more wine".
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Chaste Mother of God, Immaculate Virgin.
Into your hands we entrust the great cause of protecting the civilization of life and love.
We live in a difficult time of a massive global attack by the civilization of death.
Very many innocent people are perishing - unborn children, the aged and the sick.
The number of victims already exceeds two billion human beings.
Each day an additional 50 thousand children die in their mother’s womb.
Many people do not want to have any children at all.
Means of destroying fertility and life are becoming more and more common.
Infertility of married couples is increasing.
The human child is becoming a product of modern technology, a donor of cells and organs.
Children “are produced” with designated attributes, subject to selection.
Hundreds of thousands of frozen embryos are preserved between life and death in liquid nitrogen.
International man made law denies legal protection to the life of the unborn child.
More and more countries are legalizing euthanasia.
The attack on marriage and the family is increasing.
O Holy Mother, we promise you that we will defend human life,
especially the small and defenseless, with all our strength.
We stand before you, Mother of Our Redeemer,
fully aware that alone we are unable to win that global struggle.
Stand at the forefront of the defense of life movements and lead us.
Protect life! Save the family! Strengthen us!
Obtain from your son the victory of the civilization of life and love!
She will be here very soon - look at the itinerary and decide where you will meet with her to entrust marriage and the family to the Mother of God.