THE MOTHER OF GOD AGAINST THE ENEMY
Has God not declared that there are enmities between the serpent and Mary, and that although Satan should cause a third of the angelic host to lose paradise, She shall crush his head? Bringing forth the Mystical Body of Christ, Mary’s role is to lead each of its members to Heaven. This is how an absolute reign of Christ is established because Satan is defeated. This is the secret of Mary that Satan hates: She has the power, by God, to lead us to Her Son Jesus.
The serpent will not suffer his head to be crushed without fighting. “And the dragon was angry against the Woman: and went to make war with the rest of her seed, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”. Apoc. 12:17 Yes, indeed does Mary enable us to keep the commandments because that is how She keeps Her promise of Salvation; and we have the testimony of Christ which is Salvation because that is also Her promise.
At death, Satan struggles to win our soul one last time but he is powerless against us as long as we have recourse to Her. “Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” Knowing this wonderful Truth of the Church, how can we serve Her while still living? Will we not join with Her in that mission of prayer that brings us our own salvation through Her? She has asked us for a daily Rosary to bring peace into the world. Can we not give Her this 20-30 minutes of our day? Satan has declared war upon the Church. He is spending millions to propagate world-revolution, to preach atheism and to subvert the Christian culture. Will we just sit back and not listen to Our Mother who is so attentive to us?
Satan hates us, the seed of Mary, and he may try to drown us in a river of most powerful temptations even in threats of martyrdom as many have had to withstand; but we have been placed by God, through our devotion to Mary, under Her Mantle. Just as Noah was providentially placed in his ark against physical waters; we have been placed in the ark of Mary. Mary is that happy ark, says St. Bernard, “in which those who take refuge will never experience the shipwreck of eternal perdition.” Also, St. Alphonsus remarks that “just as at the time of that deluge even brutes were saved in Noah’s ark, so under the Mantle of Mary even sinners obtain Salvation; and therefore let us enter this ark, let us take refuge under the Mantle of Mary and She will secure Our Salvation.”
How will I obtain this Salvation “from Mary”, you may ask? She will share with you the thirst of Her Divine Son for souls imparted to Her on Calvary. Mary’s Immaculate Heart burns with a longing to save souls. We will hear in our hearts once we give ourselves to Her, “My Son thirsts and since He has made me Mediatrix, I thirst also!”It was made known at Fatima and other approved visits from Her that our prayer is needed too.
Our Lord Himself told St. Mary Magdalen dePazzi: “Oh, see how most men are within the grasp of the demon! See how his jaw is open to devour them! Far from avoiding it, they go and cast themselves in, and there is no one who will escape if My elect do not save them by their prayers.” Mary has marked us for Her elect. Our Lord, being the Head of that divine Body, the living Church, He has made His Mother the neck and us the members. Our Lord Jesus’ Sacred Heart is the Driving Power and Mary’s Immaculate Heart is one with It so that we, Her children, may be one with them. This is our vocation, our apostolate, our purpose – to love God above all things and to win for Him many souls from the clutches of Satan. By entering into union with Mary during the course of our day with our prayers, we release the graces which God has enclosed in Her Heart for the world. This torrent of graces which we can help procure from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary can engulf the world and cause it to be said: “and the earth helped the Woman, and the earth opened Her mouth, and swallowed up the river which the dragon cast out of his mouth.” Apoc. 12:16
Yes, our prayers of union with Mary can cause that rain of Grace from Her Immaculate Heart to satisfy the thirst of the Sacred Heart of Jesus by saving souls! May we pick up our Rosary (our weapon) and defeat the enemy by winning souls for Heaven so that in turn on our death bed, Our Mother will pray for us at the hour of our death.
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!