Yes to Life Still Works

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation.

For many of us this has been a very retrospective and introspective week.  The cause of life — the fight to make ours a country that values the unborn, the aged, the infirm – seems to have been hit a body blow.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wasted no time before gloating with her supporters over the millions of dollars that would flow into their coffers by means of the Healthcare legislation passed Sunday.   And we know that millions for Planned Parenthood means millions for every other anti-family, anti-life, anti-marriage, and anti-chastity group out there.

But today is the Feast of the Annunciation and it is worth considering the simplicity and worldly poverty of Mary.  Arrayed against her, against the coming of the Messiah, was every earthly power intent upon maintaining domination.

Why do the nations conspire,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and his anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds asunder,
and cast their cords from us”

I will tell of the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my son,
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel” (Psalm 2: 1-3, 7-9).

All Mary did was say yes to life. And it was the defeat of all earthly power.

It’s hard to see when we suffer political defeat, when we are betrayed by false friends, when the work of years seems to evaporate before our eyes.  But yes to life still works.  Even this week babies were being saved by the steadfast witness of 40 Days to Life.

The future, we must remember, belongs to those who show up. Saying yes to life is a territorial imperative in the battle we are waging here on earth. But regardless of the setbacks, we can be encouraged.

Because today is the Feast of the Annunciation.

Today is the beginning of our salvation. Today is the beginning of the end of sin – including the sin of abortion.  Today is the day when yes to life was yes to Life. And so it always is.

And in the end, yes wins.

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  • Louie Verrecchio

    Beautiful article, Mary!

    “All Mary did was say yes to life. And it was the defeat of all earthly power.”

    So simple but so incredibly profound and encouraging; especially now when we’re licking our wounds over the health care debacle. What an important reminder this is. It’s way too easy to forget that “in the end, yes wins,” but you’re right, it does.

    Thank you for this.

  • Christi Derr

    I really needed to read this article today, Mary! Thank you for reminding all of us to look up to the Lord for answers instead of down in discouragement.

    Thanks for an inspiring article!


    Needed to read this today. You are right-it has been a tough week with all the news-healthcare reforms attack on the unborn and the secular (and even some Catholic) media attacking the Holy Father. I am always so moved that on this day at Mass, we genuflect/kneel when we recite the words “by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary , and became man” during the Creed. It truly is amazing grace that God became man-like one of us save sin and it happend because of the “yes” of Mary. Mary, conceived without sin, without hesitation submitted herself to Go’s will- wow, how Blessed is She! Thank you, Our Mother.

    In a world that for me right now is marching in the wrong direction, that is alienating itself from God, it is so good to be reminded today of Mary’s “yes”. I trust that what we are enduring now will have some meaning and purpose which we simply cannot see or grasp. I know God is in charge eventhough it looks like man is controlling. Our “yes” must be like Mary’s-submiting ourselves to God and His will. I pray that we all receive graces today and especially all next week as we remember and go through the holiest week of the year-suffering with Christ on Good Friday, but rising and sharing in the joy of the Resurrection on Easter!

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  • elkabrikir

    Michael, it is also my great joy to genuflect at the Christmas and at the Annunciation Solemnity masses. I take my homeschooled kids to the Annunciation mass and help them reflect on many aspects of the Incarnation of Jesus in Mary’s womb, including helping them see the connection between the Annunciation and Christmas.

    In this Culure of Death, the Church must use the gift of this solemnity to emphasize that life does NOT begin with birth! I leave it to the bishops, guided by the Holy Spirit, to repackage this treasure of our faith and restore its importance to the faithful. It’s a feast for our age.

    As an aside, I was blessed with having my 9th child on this solemnity 6 years ago. We named him Luke Gabriel in honor of his special birth date.

    The victory has been won. And it began with a single-celled savior.

  • Sharon

    Thanks, Mary for this article, reminding us to keep perspecive.

    The Annunciation… and the Incarnation… my favorite Solemnity of the church year! (It has always been a mystery to me that we celebrate the conception of Mary on Dec. 8th as a holyday of obligation, but do not do the same for the conception of Jesus on this day.) As our priest said at Mass this morning, there have been many announcements made, both great and small, throughout the history of the world, but since the day of Adam and Eve there was never an announcement of greater importance to the world than the one we celebrate this day. The incredible love and mercy of our God, to “become Flesh” — made possible by the “Fiat” of a young woman in a little town in Galilee — what a wondrous event! We should never lose hope, for God’s love will always triumph over the culture of death.