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Why Mary Is The Mortal Enemy Of Satan.

Why Mary Is The Mortal Enemy Of Satan.



The Virgin Mother is the MORTAL ENEMY OF SATAN, Gen. 3:15. Satan hates Christ, BUT respects His Divinity. 

However, Satan REVILES with UTMOST CONTEMPT the Virgin Mother because She is not just a mere human but also a woman endowed with every gift of the Holy Spirit to the fullest, Luke 1:28; and it is because of Her humility and obedience to God in everything that defeats the pride of Satan. 

Her being a mere human raised to glory above him by the grace of God is of never ending torment to him because he was at one time the greatest and most beautiful of all angels. And because of his arrogance, God created a lowly creature to be exalted above him to show that God will never be mocked and get away with it. It is this imitation of Mary that makes us also hated by her greatest enemy. When we pray the Rosary in front of an image of the sublime and holy Mother of Christ it adds to his torment, to his defeat and to our victory with Her.

For two millennia, the Devil has done everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred of her. 

Have you ever noticed that it is the Marian dogmas and devotions that arouse the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and think that we should not be too extreme in her veneration.

Perhaps you have also wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such great consideration. Perhaps you wondered why God decided to use it in the work of redemption. Today I would like to analyze a little about why the devil hates the Blessed Virgin so much, and why we should be her faithful knights.

HE WILL SHOW YOUR HEAD

The scene is the garden of Eden. The characters are God, the snake, Adam and Eve. The devil smirks in triumph. He has just deceived Eve, and also Adam through her. He is proud of himself. One can almost feel the demonic pride in destruction, because it has managed to ruin the divine work of creation and has dragged human beings – for whom God has special love – into death and misery.

God appeared on the scene to bring order, declaring the tragic misfortune derived from sin, but also to proclaim the protoevangelium, the first mention of the Gospel and the fate of the devil.

God begins by addressing Satan, telling him that he will eat dust for the rest of his days. Then he reveals something that horrifies Satan – his definitive defeat will come at the hands of a woman.

I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your race and its lineage: this will crush your head and you will inside your heel (Genesis 3:15)

Scholars argue that the pronoun in the sentence – “This will crush your head” – be it masculine or feminine, that is, if you refer to the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ, but I will reveal a little secret: it does not matter. Jesus will crush Satan through Mary. She is the instrument that Jesus wields when he destroys his ancient enemy.

Taking this into account, it is legitimate to say “he will crush your head” just as it is legitimate to say “she will crush your head”.It’s a little ‘say to an armed assailant “Another step and I’ll shoot you” and “Another step and my 44 magnum will make you fly away”. Both are true statements.

Why then being defeated by Mary hurts the devil so much? Because God wants to use Mary to defeat Satan. I’ll explain it to you.


“THE POWER OF THE THRONE …”

The devil hates, I mean that he resists the idea that his final defeat will come at the hands of a humble handmaid. In a certain way, his proud heart could bear the fact of being defeated by God himself because he is omnipotent, but being crushed by a little girl from Nazareth? The thought is completely humiliating. It drives him crazy. Because if there is one thing that the most proud creature of all creation hates is to be humiliated.

 

Satan considers this defeat by the humiliating Virgin Mary 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 reduced to an object. Not to mention the fact that the Blessed Virgin is human, and Satan hates humans because we have a body, and he is a pure spirit who thinks the bodies are disgusting. But there is another deeper reason for the fact that Satan hates being defeated by Mary: she is his substitute in heaven. 


Originally, Lucifer was the best result of God. He was more beautiful, more powerful than all the other creatures of God. And as we all know, this gave him to the head. He was so splendid, so powerful, that he really thought he could be better than God. The characteristic features of Satan are the pride and envy of the Almighty.

And what are the characteristics of the Madonna? 

First of all, she is extremely humble. It is in fact the humblest creature that has ever existed. For every ounce of pride the demon has, Mary has twice as much humility. 

For every bit of bitter and hate envy in the black heart of Satan, Mary’s heart is full of double praise, adoration and love. 

For every morsel of perverse and destructive depravity in the soul of the devil, Mary’s heart is full of purity and fecundity. And by grace, God made her the most exquisite and most glorious creature in the whole universe – the title the devil claimed.

In any case, the Immaculate is the exact opposite of Satan. In any case, she is his substitute, and he knows it. This divine exchange of Satan with Mary is revealed in the hymn of praise of Our Lady, the Magnificat:

My soul magnifies the Lord 

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 

because he looked at the humility of his servant. 

From now on all generations 

they will call me blessed. 

The Almighty has done great things for me 

and holy is his name: 

His mercy from generation to generation 

it lies on those who fear it. 

He explained the power of his arm, 

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 

has overthrown the powerful from the thrones, 

he raised the humble; 

he has filled the hungry with good things, 

he sent the rich away empty-handed. 

He has helped Israel, his servant, 

remembering his mercy, 

as he had promised our fathers, 

to Abraham and his descendants, forever.

The worst thing for Satan is that his substitute in heaven is none other than the mother of the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, whose passion and death have redeemed the humanity that he has done so much to destroy. His “yes” to God has repaired Eve’s disobedience, paving the way for the saving work of the New Adam. The true weakness of Eve that Satan has so despised was replaced by the humble obedience of Mary, an obedience to the will of God that made her powerful beyond all limits.

You Will Have This Mystical Experience If You Pray The Rosary Today

You Will Have This Mystical Experience If You Pray The Rosary Today

Before I start praying, I say: “Mary, show me your Son”

The Rosary is a living prayer: it is like sitting at the table with Mary to talk about her Son. And then the more you pray it, the more you yearn for it, the more you do and the more you soften your soul.

It is like an instrument that the Virgin gives us to approach Christ, knowing how difficult it is for us to put the things of heaven close to us and how fundamental it is not to lose sight of their presence in our lives.

The Rosary is at the same time, the hand of Mary teaching us to draw Christ in our Heart. With this prayer in the form of meditation, we learn to contemplate the life of Christ, that is, to look at these scenes with the heart .

And then in the middle of it, questions and revelations arise: because Christ, because God, because the Holy Spirit, because the sacrifice, because of the pain … in which way each scene touches my life personally! The ultimate and final answer: the love of a Father for all humanity, love, always love …

Before I start praying, with the Rosary in my hands, I say: “Mary, show me your Son” , then she is herself as Mother who knows deeply her own Son, who takes me by the hands and unfolds all the Mystery of Christ in my heart.

The Rosary is not a praise to Mary, she does not teach us about herself. In each ten we meditate a mystery about the Life of Christ, during these 10 accounts we think of a single mystery.

And we ask, we ask for everything we can think of, we have 50 accounts to ask for our needs and for the needs of the whole world, and she prays, prays for everything we ask, asks as a mother for her son, for our needs, pains and anguish!

We remember then some of these “scenes”: the angel’s announcement to Mary, the birth of the Child Jesus, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, the Transfiguration, the Last Supper, the agony in the garden, the crucifixion, the resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, etc. So much wealth in a bundle of pearls … discovering Christ is receiving the love of the Father .

When you pray the Rosary with devotion, think carefully that Mary is placing Christ in your hands.

How St. Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary Saved Family Home From California Wild Fire Through The Rosary

How St. Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary Saved Family Home From California Wild Fire Through The Rosary

Rosary Brings ‘Miraculous’ Help for Family in Napa Wildfire.

The charred Marian Statue around the Omlin’s home after the California wildfire

 

How prayer saw one domestic church through the inferno.

NAPA, Calif. — As the wildfires devoured acreage in Northern California and were greedily heading for the Omlin family’s home in Napa, the family came through unharmed in what they consider to be miraculous fashion.

Escaping with their lives with only minutes to spare, Drs. Kenny and Ninveh Omlin, their two children and Kenny’s parents and brother all survived. And they credit the Blessed Mother, the Rosary and St. Joseph for their safety.

Ninveh gave the Register a vivid timeline of harrowing events. About 10pm Oct. 8, as 2-week-old Jonah and 20-month-old Noah were sleeping peacefully and everyone else in the household was settling in for the night, the phone rang.

“No one calls around 10-ish unless something is wrong,” Ninveh said. Her nanny phoned to alert them that as she was driving back to her home, also in Napa, she saw a fire not far from the Omlins’ house. Looking outside, the couple could see no evidence of Atlas, as this wildfire was called, so they didn’t think much of it.

Then came a second call. Still, all the Omlins could see from their bedroom window was an orange glow in the sky.

Fleeing the Flames

Hours later, Ninveh recalled, “Looking out the window, Kenny turns to me and says, ‘We’ve got to go.’”

Immediately, Ninveh added, “He got his wedding ring, and I got mine.” She concentrated on getting the children in her car while Kenny ran to the in-law unit, where his parents, Karl and Kathy, and his brother, also named Karl, live. He aided his elderly parents and his brother, who has Down syndrome, out of the residence. It was 3am.

With the children safely in their car seats, Ninveh ran back into the house.

“I grabbed my pink rosary, which I had for years since medical school,” she said, “and some water and diapers for the kids.” She also scooped up their cat.

“I did not know about the situation with the Rosary and his mom,” Ninveh said, referring to how, during their evacuation to Kenny’s car and in the car, Kathy was praying.

Once everyone was in the cars, they drove to the property’s gates — and beheld the inferno. “It really was scary to see a fire rage that way,” Ninveh said. “It was out of this world — shocking.”

As Kathy continued praying the Rosary, Ninveh called her mother, Shimeran: “Mom, please pray.” Shimeran started praying, and people began messaging that they, too, were praying. “What a support system it was to have that,” Ninveh said.

But the electronic gate wouldn’t open — the electricity had gone out.

Providentially, a month before, a repairman showed Kenny how to manually unlock and crank the gates open.

“Everybody was praying the Rosary,” Kenny said, as he opened the gates.

The next stop was to get to the house of the family’s nanny, who had first alerted them. It was 4am. “Kenny’s mom was sitting there and still had the rosary beads in her hands,” Ninveh said. “Her lips were moving, praying.” Kathy never stopped praying.

Prayer has always been a must-have for Kathy, especially the Rosary.

“Any time there is anything I’m not able to grasp or figure out or I get stressed about, I start praying the Rosary,” Kathy explained. “The Rosary has always been my comfort, working through any challenge that came up.”

Amazing Events Continue

Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) reported that more than 51,000 acres in the area burned, as scores of homes were destroyed. Days later, when the Omlins returned home to assess the damage, they found their home virtually untouched. The in-law unit was untouched, too.

In one large area, the fire raced up to their wire deer fencing, and then, for no explicable reason, the flames just stopped. Ninveh attributed the outcome to “Kenny’s mom praying and my mom praying.”

Kenny believes his house was saved by the Rosary, too.

Enter St. Joseph. Ninveh recalled that, before leaving the property, “I prayed to St. Joseph, imagining him stopping the fire and drawing a line in the sand that said: ‘Do not cross.’”

“On one side of the fence, everything was black,” Ninveh said with amazement. “And on the other side, nothing.”

She recounted her family’s devotion to St. Joseph as well as “always being close to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The devotion had close connections to her own birth and those of her two siblings.

Her mother sought intensely the intercession of St. Joseph and Our Lady to be able to have children.

Ninveh recounted that in her mother’s “dreams she saw the Virgin Mary speaking to her but couldn’t understand her. Shortly after that, she conceived me.”

Ninveh and Kenny grew up in faith-filled homes and have made theirs faith-filled, too — the Omlins express their faith on their property by having a large statue of the Blessed Mother on the grounds near their house.

“The statue stands at the fire line,” Kenny said. “She is charred. All the structures are unscathed.”

“Our Virgin Mary statue looked like the Black Madonna,” Ninveh added. “In front of her, it’s still green. There was a tree next to her that was on fire and fell on the roof of the in-law unit, but nothing burned. To see the statue of the Virgin Mary standing there with the ash on her like the Black Madonna gives me goosebumps. It’s the power of prayer.”

This article was originally written by Joseph Pronechen for National Catholic Register (NCR).

 

 

Does Mary Pray The Rosary?

Does Mary Pray The Rosary?

Does Mary pray the rosary?

Is Mary praying the Rosary to herself?

Both in art and during apparitions, Our Lady often carries a rosary.
In Western art Mary is frequently depicted in statues and paintings carrying a rosary. It is a popular image, one that has been confirmed with the apparitions of Lourdes and Fatima; on both those occasions the Virgin Mary appeared holding a rosary.

To some it is a strange composition, as it might suggest Our Lady was praying the “Hail Mary” to herself, an action that wouldn’t match up with Mary’s selfless humility, or really make much sense.

In order to understand the reason for the artistic choice it is important to look at what happened at Lourdes and Fatima. By doing so we realize that she isn’t praying to herself, but teaching us how to pray.

About Lourdes, St. Bernadette gives us the following testimony:

“Without thinking of what I was doing, I took my rosary in my hands and fell on my knees. The Lady made a sign of approval with her head and took into her hands a rosary which hung on Her right arm. When I attempted to begin the rosary and tried to lift my hand to my forehead, my arm remained paralyzed, and it was only after the Lady had signed herself that I could do the same. The Lady left me to pray all alone; she passed the beads of her rosary between her fingers but she said nothing; only at the end of each decade did She say the ‘Gloria’ with me. When the recitation of the rosary was finished, the Lady returned to the interior of the rock and the golden cloud disappeared with her.”

Bernadette explains how she prayed the rosary alone, while the Virgin Mary only joined in for the “Glory Be” prayer at the end of each decade. She also notes how she wasn’t able to start the rosary until Our Lady made the Sign of the Cross.

One of the primary requests of Mary at Lourdes was simply, “Pray for sinners.”
The apparitions at Fatima were much different, including longer conversations with the Virgin Mary.

She first appeared when the three children were praying a truncated version of the Rosary and she held a rosary in her hands. In subsequent apparitions Our Lady appeared only after the children finished praying the Rosary.

Our Lady of Fatima repeatedly asked the children, “Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and an end to the war,” and also, “Make sacrifices for sinners.”

In the end, then, it is clear that the Virgin Mary is holding a rosary so as to encourage us to pray the Rosary.

She does not pray the “Hail Mary” of each decade, but still accompanies us as a loving mother, guiding our hands when they fall limp.

Our Lady is a great teacher and as Pope Francis said in 2013, “The Rosary is a school of prayer, the Rosary is a school of faith!”

 

Source:

Aleteia

 

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