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Praying To Mary Is Idolatry? 

Praying To Mary Is Idolatry? 

In the course of my efforts to clarify and promote the moral premises that preserve the God-endowed right of liberty in the United States, I’ve often addressed issues that involve abandoning those premises. Among them are abortion, the denial and disparagement of the natural rights of the family and the rising persecution directed against people who strive to live according to Christ’s saying that obedience to His commandments is an imperative sign of love for Him:

“If anyone love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).


During my endeavors in this regard, I’ve worked with many fellow Christians, Catholic and non-Catholic. Though we stand firmly on common ground on the issue of American principle mentioned above, now and then our differences do make an appearance. This happened recently — sadly, not for the first time in my experience — regarding Catholic devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. I felt moved to respond to the denigration of our devotion, as I have in the past. When I was running for political office, I did so against the counsel of political “consultants,” who always think it best, for electoral purposes, to avoid discussing such differences. But if I were willing to let such considerations stop me from sharing the Gospel, I would downplay all the issues of moral concern, since all are rooted in insights deeply connected with the truth God shared in and through Jesus Christ.

If the special grace of God in choosing Mary for His mother is not part of the good news of Christ’s coming, I don’t know what is. To speak with love against the denigration of her worthiness, with words thoughtfully informed by the Scripture and the heart of her son is, I believe, an aspect of devotion to Christ and God. Like the servants at the wedding feast in Cana, we understand that in Mary’s help we find a way to bring the miraculously transforming power of Christ into our lives. As Pope Saint John Paul II instructed, To honor Mary is to Go to Jesus.” With this in mind, I share the following Facebook user’s comment and my reply.

Facebook user’s comment:

I have not lost hope because my hope is in Christ and His mediatorial kingship. If your hope is that (Brett) Kavanaugh will be a good Supreme Court judge, your hope is misplaced. God is working all things for good, but His idea of good may be to pour out His wrath on America. I will pray to God for His kingdom to come in America, but I will not join with you. Praying to Mary is idolatry.

My reply:

Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). Do you doubt that Christ’s mother believed in Him? Though she stood at the foot of the Cross when fear overpowered all but a few of His closest disciples?

Do you doubt her faith and Christ’s reverence for her authority despite the fact that, at the wedding feast at Cana, she believed implicitly that He could and would perform a miracle at her behest, even after He made clear that it went against His sense of the occasion? If Christ, who is God, deferred to her wishes and did as she asked, why do you believe His Father does otherwise?

If the special grace of God in choosing Mary for His mother is not part of the good news of Christ’s coming, I don’t know what is.

Were the hosts or servants at the wedding feast idolatrous because they trusted in her relationship with Christ?

You speak of life as if it is a matter of time. But Christ says it is a matter of the relationship with Him — “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). And you speak of death as if Christ has not already abolished it (2 Timothy 1:10). If, as Christ promised, the faith of the thief on the cross meant He ended that very day in Paradise, what makes you so sure Christ let His Mother, blessed among women, “see corruption” (Psalm 16:10)?

Would you treat your mother like that, if you had power to do otherwise? If Scripture does not convince you, doesn’t your own heart, which in faith is the heart of Christ, Mary’s loving son, protest against it? “Honor thy father and thy mother,” the Lord says. If we do so in the flesh, why do you reject the very idea that Christ, the Word who was with God and is God, would not honor Mary in spirit and in truth, and in the heart He brings into our very being when we accept Him as the being of our being in this life. As this worships Christ within us, how can it be idolatry?

Dr. Alan Keyes served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations under President Ronald Reagan, and ran for president in 1996, 2000 and 2008. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard, and writes at his website Loyal to Liberty.

Why Satan Hates The Blessed Virgin Mary So Much 

Why Satan Hates The Blessed Virgin Mary So Much 


In fact, Satan has been tirelessly doing everything in his power to discourage devotion to Mary and instill hatred for her for two millennia. Have you ever noticed that it is Marian dogmas and devotions that stir the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and they feel we should not be too extreme in our veneration of her.

Perhaps you, too, have wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such high regard. Perhaps you have wonder why God has chosen to use her in the work of redemption. Today, I’d like to take a look at why the devil hates the Blessed Mother so much, and why we should be her devoted knights.

She will crush your head

The scene is the garden of Eden. The characters are God, the serpent, Adam, and Eve. The devil is smirking in triumph. He has just deceived Eve, and through her, Adam. Oh, he is proud of himself. You can almost feel the demonic pride in destruction, for he has successfully marred God’s handiwork of creation, and dragged human beings—for whom God has a special love—into death and misery.

God has appeared on the scene to clean up the mess, declaring the tragic curse that has arisen from sin, but also to proclaim the protoevangelium, the first hint at the Gospel and the devil’s doom.

God starts by addressing Satan, telling him he is going to eat dirt for the rest of his days. Then he reveals something that makes Satan cringe in horror—his ultimate defeat will come at the hands of a woman.

And I will establish a feud between thee and the woman, between thy offspring and hers; she is to crush thy head, while thou dost lie in ambush at her heels (Genesis 3:15, Knox)

Now, scholars argue about whether or not the pronoun is masculine or feminine in the sentence, “She is to crush thy head”—that is, whether it refers to the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ. But I’m going to let you in on a little secret: it doesn’t matter. You see, Jesus is going to crush Satan through Mary. She is the instrument Jesus is going to wield when he destroys his ancient enemy.

With that in mind, it is just as legitimate to say, “he will crush your head” as it is to say, “she will crush your head.” It’s kind of like telling an armed assailant, “One more step and I will shoot you” and “One more step and my .44 magnum will blow you away.” They are both true statements.

So why does being defeated by Mary pain the devil so much? Why does God want to use Mary to defeat Satan? Here is the explanation.

“He has put down the mighty from their seat…”

The devil hates, I mean he loathes the fact that his ultimate defeat will come at the hands of a lowly handmaiden. In a way, his proud heart could handle being defeated by God himself because he’s almighty and omnipotent. But being crushed by a little Lady from Nazareth? The thought is absolutely humiliating. It drives him crazy. For if there is one thing the most proud creature in all of creation hates, it is being humiliated.

Satan finds his defeat by the Virgin Mary humiliating because she is a woman, and women are the weaker sex (1 Peter 3:7), and he despises weakness. He loves nothing more than to see women abused, degraded, and objectified. Not to mention that our Blessed Lady is a human, and Satan hates humans because we have bodies, and he is a pure spirit that thinks bodies are disgusting. But there’s another, more profound reason Satan hates being defeated by Mary: She is his replacement in heaven.

You see, Lucifer was originally God’s finest achievement. He was more beautiful, more powerful than all the other creatures that God has made. And as we all know, it went to his head. He was so gorgeous, so mighty that he really thought he could be better than God. The defining marks of Satan are pride and envy of the Almighty.

And what are the defining characteristics of our Lady? First and foremost, she is supremely humble. In fact, she is the most humble creature that has ever existed. For every ounce of pride the devil has, Mary has twice as much humility. For every drop of hate-filled and bitter envy in Satan’s black heart, Mary’s heart is filled with twice as much praise, worship, and love. For every bit of warped and destructive depravity in the devil’s soul, Mary’s heart is filled with more purity and fruitfulness. And by grace, God has made her the most exquisite and most glorious creature in all the universe—the title the devil used to claim.

In every way, the Immaculate is Satan’s polar opposite. In every way, she is his replacement, and he knows it. This Divine exchange of Mary for Satan is revealed in our Lady’s hymn of praise, the Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord;
my spirit has found joy in God, who is my Saviour,
because he has looked graciously upon the lowliness of his handmaid.
Behold, from this day forward all generations will count me blessed;
because he who is mighty, he whose name is holy, has wrought for me his wonders.
He has mercy upon those who fear him, from generation to generation;
he has done valiantly with the strength of his arm,
driving the proud astray in the conceit of their hearts;
he has put down the mighty from their seat, and exalted the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has protected his servant Israel,
keeping his merciful design in remembrance,
according to the promise which he made to our forefathers,
Abraham and his posterity for evermore.

In the Magnificat, we see the role of Mary in salvation summarized beautifully:

  • Mary’s humility- “He has looked graciously on the lowliness of his handmaid”
  • God’s marvelous work of grace in her: “Because he who is mighty, he who name is holy, has wrought for me his wonders”
  • God’s casting out of Satan: “Driving the proud astray in the conceit of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their seat”
  • His exalting of Mary in Satan’s place: “He has…exalted the lowly.”

Worst of all for Satan, his replacement in heaven is none other than the mother of the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, whose passion and death redeemed the very humanity he has worked so hard to destroy. Her Yes to God undid the disobedience of Eve, paving the way for the saving work of the New Adam. The very weakness of Eve that Satan so scorned was replaced by the humble obedience of Mary, an obedience to the will of God that has made her powerful beyond limits. 

This is the Divine plan for the defeat of his enemy. This is Satan’s humiliation and his doom.

Hasta la vista, Satan

In case you didn’t realize it, Satan hates you. His bitter envy inspires him to destroy God’s creation, to drag it down into the abyss of hell. He would love nothing more for you—image bearer of God—to join in him in the eternal flames of the lake of fire, for misery loves company.

But fear not. The ancient serpent is powerless against the Immaculate Virgin, for in God’s plan, she is the instrument that Jesus will use to humiliate and demolish him. Do you want to crush the head of the devil in your life? Do you want to make it safely through trials, temptations, and storms to our eternal Home? The answer is simple: Call on Mary. Love her, be her devoted servant. Be her knight, her defender, her apostle. Consecrate yourself to her totally and completely—for nothing that belongs to her will be lost. As St. John Damascene said so beautifully, “To be devoted to thee, O holy Virgin, is an arm of salvation which God gives to those whom He wishes to save.”

Satan is on a rampage, wreaking as much havoc as he possibly can—because he knows his time is running out. He is afraid and he is angry, for he knows that one day very soon, he will be crushed by the Woman who makes his heart quake, the woman who “looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army with banners” (Song of Solomon 6:10).

Prayer

Majestic Queen of Heaven and Mistress of the Angels,
thou didst receive from God the power and commission to crush the head of Satan;
wherefore we humbly beseech thee, send forth the legions of heaven, that, under thy command,
they may seek out all evil spirits, engage them everywhere in battle, curb their insolence,
and hurl them back into the pit of hell. “Who is like unto God?”

O good and tender Mother, thou shalt ever be our hope and the object of our love.
O Mother of God, send forth the holy Angels to defend me and drive far from me the cruel foe.
Holy Angels and Archangels, defend us and keep us. Amen. 

The Immaculate Heart Of Mary: Purity Beyond Comprehension 

The Immaculate Heart Of Mary: Purity Beyond Comprehension 


​*The Immaculate Heart of Mary: Purity Beyond Comprehension.*


“And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them, and his mother kept all these things in her heart.”
Luke 2:51.

In celebrating the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus recently, our major prayer was that God may give us hearts like that of Jesus Christ; that God may take away our stony hearts and give us hearts of flesh which are humble, gentle and pure. It is expected in the lives of every Catholic that we celebrate the life of one woman in whom this prayer was granted, a woman whose heart was just like that of her son; Jesus Christ.

What are the characteristics of the heart of Mary?


1. Humility –
 Mary was never proud. Mary acknowledged she was just a handmaid of God and she never went about seeking praise and exultation from her fellow women like the Pharisees who loved to be greeted obsequiously in the marketplaces.

2. Silence –
 Mary pondered a lot of things in her heart. She practised the act of Contemplative Prayer which some saints have described as the most perfect form of prayer. In contemplation, we do not use words but simply centre ourselves in the presence of God pondering in our hearts what he says to us. 

3. Righteousness – 
Mary had a PURE heart. It is as a result of Mary’s outstanding sinlessness that we refer to her heart as IMMACULATE. It was this purity of heart that made God so fall in love with her as to choose her to be his mother. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us a secret; “Blessed are the Pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5, 8. Only a heart so pure can contain God as Mary did. 
Mary was a virgin who knew no man. This is a virtue that needs to be preached and sounded more than ever before in our world today that now sees immodesty and impurity as normal. She did not allow or entertain any form of immorality, bitterness, envy or pride. Even when she had the course to be angry as we see in today’s Gospel passage, she remained calm and gentle pondering what Jesus said in her heart.
We need to learn from Mary how to guard our hearts against the defilement of evil around us. Be careful about what you read, be careful about websites you open and the pictures you allow to fill your heart. Be careful about the kind of movies you watch and even the music you listen to. Just as you cannot dwell in a stinking environment, don’t expect God to dwell in a heart that is dirty and smelling!
Lastly, pray the rosary today asking that through Mary’s intercession, your heart will be cleansed.

Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, cleanse my heart from all impurity and sinfulness. Amen.

 
*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you.

Bible Study: Isaiah 61:9-11, Psalm: 1st Samuel 2:1-8, Luke 2:41-52).*

Knowledge Of Mary – 15 Things Every Catholic Must Know About Mary

Knowledge Of Mary – 15 Things Every Catholic Must Know About Mary


*Knowledge of Mary*

*Here are 15 things every Catholic must know as regards the Blessed Virgin Mary:*


*1. Our Lady is in the highest degree of glory in heaven after Our Lord according to his humanity. 

She is of an order of glory called the Order of the Hypostatic Union. It is the highest order of glory. It has only three members: Our Lord according to his humanity, Our Lady and St. Joseph. Beneath them is St. Michael and the other six Seraphic Archangels, “standing before the face of God.”*

*2. Our Lady was perfect in nature, in grace and in glory. 

Meaning that she had no defect of nature (was perfectly beautiful, was temperamental equal, was neither choleric nor melancholic nor phlegmatic nor sanguine but was equal in all. She had no concupiscence, had no interior temptation etc. The devil could only tempt from without. She was equally choleric, as she was melancholic, phlegmatic and sanguine. That’s how humans were originally to be); She was perfect in grace i.e. She had every grace we could think of (from the first moment of her conception) and all of them in the highest degree. She had every gift we could think of (Glories, Discourses on the Seven Principal Feasts and Dolours, Discourse I). Whatsoever could be thought of as a gift, She had. She knew the whole bible by heart and all the sciences of nature (Mystical City). She is perfect in glory: meaning that She is at a joy of glory beyond which it is impossible for any mere created creature.*

*3. The most pleasurable act of devotion to Mary consists in the Hail Mary as She herself told St. Metchilde (Matilda). 

The second highest act must necessarily consists in making fasts (especially on Saturdays) in her honour as fasting post-follows prayer in the eminent good works (Cat & Tob 12:8) and as St. Alphonsus lists the acts of devotion to her pleasing to her in that order (Sermons of St. Alphonsus, Serm 7, On the Confidence to Show the Divine Mother). This means that these acts are more salutary, and more meritorious than any other acts of devotion we may know of and are those “which will help us most to the dying of ourselves” and “to union with God” beyond the others. In plain words, they are more valuable than any other prayers we may think of to her. “To think that it is possible to say prayers that are finer and more beautiful than the Our Father and Hail Mary is to fall prey to the strange illusion of the devil.” (St. Louis, SR, pt.77) “The Hail Mary gives the highest glory to God.” (Cat of C.Trent, Part 4 on Prayer)*

*4. There three levels of devotion to Mary (Secret of Mary pt. 20). The highest consists in total consecration to Mary.*

*5. The first sign that total consecration is well practiced is that the soul never falls into mortal sin. (TD pt.89)*

*6. The highest prayer to Mary consists in the Holy Rosary: 

At least five decades of the Rosary everyday. But acts of mental prayer to Mary are also very salutary. (Glories, Devout Practices in Honour of the Divine Mother). One of the greatest devotions to Mary consists in attending Mass and receiving holy Communion in her honour. The highest will of Mary and what gives her most pleasure is that we do the will of her divine Son. The highest saints must necessarily have been the most loved by Mary.*

*7. Whosoever wants to be truly loved by Mary must seek to imitate her (St. Augustine, Glories, Virtues of the Bl Virgin), even in the higher practices of life. 

This divine Mother wants everyone to go as far as his powers will allow, even to the measure of Christ. She is a Seraph, and will She desire anything for us but that we be Seraphs?*

*8. Whosoever prays to this divine Mother must necessarily be heard. 

“Sooner will heaven and earth be destroyed than that the divine Mother will fail to come to the aid of one who calls on her.” (Glories, quoting the devout Blosius). To all that call on her, She is neither unwilling nor unable. “She lacks neither the power nor the will.(St. Bernard). “She can obtain all our requests.” “Is there anything impossible for me to do?” All that is possible with God, is obtainable by her. “Nothing is too hard for her” (St. Alphonsus). “She is all powerful” and “She is willing.” “And that She is most desirous to assist us by her prayers, no one can doubt without impiety and wickedness.” (Cat of Council of Trent, section on prayer). “Let him who has been neglected by her in his necessities, keep shut once he has asked for her aid.” “She never refuses any requests.” (St. Louis, Concluding prayer to the Rosary). All who pray the Rosary, will obtain of her whatsoever they demand through the Rosary. (Our Lady, Rosary Promises, Promise 11) and She that said this cannot lie.*

*9. The holiest were necessarily the most devoted to Mary. 
In fact, the holier a person is, the more devoted to Mary he must necessarily be. We may never know till we carefully examine his life. All the saints were children of Mary. All the saints were most devoted to Mary. St. Michael, the highest angel, is the most devoted angel to Mary, (St. Augustine, TD pt.8), more devoted to her than any other angel, more devoted than was her guardian angel (some theologians argue that she had no titular guardian angel. St. Michael was the head of her one thousand angel guard, but St. Gabriel was “the legate and minister” of the Eternal Father. However, he, St. Gabriel, the second highest angel, performed the titular role of guardian angel we know of to her, while St. Michael was the special guard of Our Lord during his time on earth, according to his humanity.*

*10. Our Lady lived on earth for 67 years and some of her devout servants died at the same age as a signal grace from her such as St. Cajetan, St. Pius V and St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. St. Peter and St. Paul might have been of same age having died in AD 67. It is possible that St. Peter and Our Lord were of the same age.*

*11. “Those who preach Mary are sure of paradise.” (St. Bonaventure). 

In fact, the most effective sermons are argued to be those on Mary. (Deduced from St. Louis, St. Anselm and from the whole of Glories). When faced with two options before a crowd or a new soul, a person should opt to preach about Mary since it is easier to remember and will both assure them of whatsoever they needed to hear about purgatory, about temptation, about heaven, about perseverance, about the means of grace and all the rest. “If I am devoted to Mary, I am sure of perseverance.” (St. John Berchmann). Since devotion to Mary assures persons of perseverance. Those who are most devoted to her are kept in grace by her. Should they fall, they rise. She does not live away any who were once most devoted to her. Should any man have ever been once most devoted to her, She seeks him, and does all in her power to convert and to save him. Even persons who merely wore the scapula out of love or honour or who just wore it were sought for (Glories, Discourses, Example on Discourse 6). Even persons who just adorned her statues out of pure love. (Purgatory Explained chp 33). Even those who just pitied her upon remembering her dolours (Glories, Discourses, Discourse 9). There is no lover of Mary in hell, no matter what the demon of scruples might have ever told you. Even those who were barely called Mary (no matter what you might at present have thought of them). This is what Sister Catherine of St. Augustine couldn’t understand. (Glories, Example to Chp1, sec1). This is what the devil himself showed (Glories, Example to Chapter 10). This is why St. Mary of Egypt couldn’t continue in sin. All who love Mary, are loved by her and are necessarily saved by her. “For whom She intercedes at the tribunal of judgment, the devil has no accusation.” “The true client of Mary is always saved.” (St. Alphonsus, Glories chp 8). “The salvation of all depends upon preaching Mary.” (St. Alph, Glories, Introduction)*

*12. Whatsoever is consecrated to Mary is protected by her be it house, parish or activity. There are certain things that just can’t happen there.*

*13. Whosoever is consecrated to Mary must do her will.*

*14. Mary is not concerned with justice but with all mercy. God kept justice for himself and made her Mother of mercy. No one should be afraid to approach her. 

“Even the most impious sinner must not despair of mercy should he come to her.” (Our Lady to St. Bridget) “She forsakes no one, despises no one.” “Where Lucifer to humble himself and demand for mercy by her intercession (Our Lord to Our Lady in the sight of St. Bridget, Rev to St. Bridget), She would be able to intercede and obtain mercy for him (Glories, chp iii, sec 2). This is impossible. But Our Lord meant by this that She could intercede even for one who had sinned to the unimaginable degree of Lucifer. No one should despair coming to her. She onced obtained for a deeply penitent soul, the grace of dying as he prayed and of going straight to heaven. (Glories, Dolours, 6th Dolour). Nothing is impossible to her.*

*15. “The knowledge of Mary is an enclosed fountain. Only he to whom the Holy Ghost opens it can attain to it.” (St. Louis TD pt.263).

“Devotion to Mary is a mark of predestination.” (St. John Damascene) “The salvation of all depends upon preaching Mary.” (St. Alphonsus)*

*Now, my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, have you seen 15 reasons to be Devoted to Mary? Why delay? Pick up your Rosary now and pray to her! 🙏🙏🙏

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