Columbus discovered the Caribbean Coast in 1492 under the patronage of Queen Isabella of Spain. By 1511, Cuba was discovered and conquered. In 1517, the first expedition sailing from Cuba touched the Yucatan Peninsula on the American Continent.
The local Mayan Indians who indulged in devil worship and human sacrifices attacked The Spaniards. A second expedition in 1518 landed further north at Vera Cruz in the Gulf of Mexico and met with a less hostile reception from the native Indians who were allies of the Aztecs.
A third expedition was led by Hernan Cortez, 33yrs old, tall and strong, a devout catholic, who had a deep devotion the Blessed Virgin Mary, (he prayed the ‘Little office’ every morning) and attended mass every day.
He was known for his courage, his patience and reluctance to swear or curse. Cortez proudly wore a medal of Our Lady on a chain of gold around his neck and led his forces under the banner of the Royal Arms of Spain
emblazoned with the words “Brothers and companions, let us follow the sign of the cross with true faith and in it, we shall conquer!”
In February 1519, he landed a force comprising 508 soldiers, 100 sailors and 16 horses, all in 11 ships on the coast of Mexico. In his first conflict, on March 25th, Cortez led his men against 150,000 Indians. 70 Spanish soldiers were wounded, 220 Indians were killed.
On Good Friday, Cortez landed at Vera Cruz. In memory of the crucifixion, the bearded Cortez wore black. The year was 1519! Montezuma, King of the Aztecs, had sent his ambassador to greet Cortez. The impressive armada of ships, the sight of horses and large dogs, cannons and armor and especially the fair haired Cortez dressed in black was enough to convince Montezuma that Quetzalcoatl had returned!!!
When the ambassador reported of the Spaniards’ determination to Christianize the Aztec nation, Montezuma ordered that all the provincial nations who were allies of the Aztecs, avoid contact with the ‘invaders.’ Cempoala, a province a short distance north of Vera Cruz, decided to support Cortez, because of their dislike of the Aztecs.
Cortez built a fort near it’s capital. When it was finished, he left 130 men there as a garrison. Cortez then proceeded to burn 9 of the10 ships that were left in order to demonstrate his determination to conquer Mexico-there was no retreat!
“We no longer have ships in which to return… we must depend upon our stout hearts and strong blows… with the help of Our Lord Jesus Christ we can expect no other help than His.”
Have we burned our ships? Are we all in, when it comes to our marriage. “For better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and health, as long as we both shall live”? We promised,
We need to make sure we don’t have an “escape plan” in our subconscious just in case “this doesn’t work out”. Our 100% commitment, regardless of what comes our way, will provide a strong foundation upon which to build a rock solid, God glorifying marriage.
P.S. – Make sure your wife knows that you are committed to her “no matter what”. As we have said before, she continually needs to know you love her and that your marriage is secure. Knowing you have no escape route will give her renewed confidence and security in your love.
Let her know you are ALL IN.