Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mary, Mother of God, Bulwark Against Satan

It seems an unlikely opposition: devious, dark angel, tempter of men, Satan being thwarted on Earth by meek and mild St Mary, virgin Mother of Jesus. In the next installment of my reflections on de Monfort's True Devotion to Mary (I'm up to page 35), I ask readers to consider what the venerable Saint point out to us:
God has never made but one enmity; but it is an irreconcilable one...It is between Mary, His worthy Mother, and the devil-between the children and the servants of the Blessed Virgin, and the children and tools of Lucifer.

What Lucifer lost by pride, Mary gained by humility.

The slaves of Belial (Satan), the slaves of Satan, the friends of the world (for it is the same thing), have always up to this time persecuted those who belong to our Blessed Lady, and will in the future persecute them more than ever.
-excerpts from Article III- Providential Function of Mary in the Latter Times, Section 2 -In the formation of Apostles, Subsection 1-In the Struggle Against Satan.

In recent times, in typical proto-Protestant fasion, the devotion to the Virgin Mary has been castigated, ridiculed, pawned off as a superstitious, anachronistic antics of old ladies, a relic of the Middle Ages. This being done mostly by Roman Catholics themselves. It is akin to hating your own mother. Is it not surpising then, to observe the recent "smoke of Satan inside the Church" (quote allegedly the last words of a recent modern era Pope).

Father John Corapi, SOLT, says the Rosary is a sure weapon against Satan. The Rosary, handed to St Dominic by Our Lady, the ultimate Ad Jesu per Mariam-esque prayer form, exists for us. Here's how to pray:

1. Sign of the Cross and Apostles Creed.
2. Our Father.
3. Hail Mary (3 times).
4. Glory be, Announce appropriate First Mystery, and then say the Our Father
5. Hail Mary 10 times (once per bead) while meditating on that mystery
6. Glory be, Fatima, announce next mystery, Our Father (then repeat 5 and 6 as shown in diagram).
7. Glory be, Fatima, Hail Holy Queen, Final Prayer and Sign of the Cross.

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