The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Great Sign depicted in chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation. She is the pregnant Virgin Mother of God, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of stars on her head. She acts as a Mother who protects unborn children from death. As such, she is commonly called the “Protectress of the Unborn.” The late Mexican Cardinal Juan Posadas, who blessed the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, referred to her under this title.
When St. John Paul II visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, he prayed to her, “Grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God.” When he dedicated a chapel to Our Lady of Guadalupe on May 12, 1992, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, he prayed that she would “always defend the gift of life.” The late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York said, “We commend the Pro-Life Movement of the Archdiocese of New York to the protection and guidance of Our Lady of Guadalupe.… Our Lady of Guadalupe pray for America, pray for the Unborn.”
Abyzou is the name of a demon in the Near East associated with miscarriages and abortions. Abyzou had been taunting a repentant mother who had aborted her child. The demon told her that she could never be forgiven and was driving her to hopelessness and despair. She sought the help of Monsignor Stephen Rossetti,an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington.
During the exorcism session, one of his exorcist helpers was inspired to hold up an icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Monsignor Rossetti said, “The demon went into a huge convulsion. So, repeatedly we invoked Our Lady under this title and the demon convulsed every time the icon was held up.”
Monsignor Rossetti wrote, “An abortion is a grievous sin. But all should know that there is a Divine source of healing and peace. We have a tremendous advocate in Our Lady of Guadalupe who treads upon Abyzou and brings God’s healing. “Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, pray for us.”