Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Satan is already defeated

Bold and brazen,
Crushed by
Sandalled Maiden!

"Mary must become as terrible as an army in battle array to the devil and his followers, especially in these latter times. For Satan, knowing that he has little time - even less now than ever - to destroy souls, intensifies his efforts and his onslaughts every day. He will not hesitate to stir up savage persecutions and set treacherous snares for Mary's faithful servants and children whom he finds more difficult to overcome than others.

It is chiefly in reference to these last wicked persecutions of the devil, daily increasing until the advent of the reign of anti- Christ, that we should understand that first and well-known prophecy and curse of God uttered against the serpent in the garden of paradise. It is opportune to explain it here for the glory of the Blessed Virgin, the salvation of her children and the confusion of the devil. "I will place enmities between you and the woman, between your race and her race; she will crush your head and you will lie in wait for her heel" (Gen. 3:15).

God has established only one enmity - but it is an irreconcilable one - which will last and even go on increasing to the end of time. That enmity is between Mary, his worthy Mother, and the devil, between the children and the servants of the Blessed Virgin and the children and followers of Lucifer.

Thus the most fearful enemy that God has set up against the devil is Mary, his holy Mother. From the time of the earthly paradise, although she existed then only in his mind, he gave her such a hatred for his accursed enemy, such ingenuity in exposing the wickedness of the ancient serpent and such power to defeat, overthrow and crush this proud rebel, that Satan fears her not only more than angels and men but in a certain sense more than God himself. This does not mean that the anger, hatred and power of God are not infinitely greater than the Blessed Virgin's, since her attributes are limited. It simply means that Satan, being so proud, suffers infinitely more in being vanquished and punished by a lowly and humble servant of God, for her humility humiliates him more than the power of God. Moreover, God has given Mary such great power over the evil spirits that, as they have often been forced unwillingly to admit through the lips of possessed persons, they fear one of her pleadings for a soul more than the prayers of all the saints, and one of her threats more than all their other torments.

What Lucifer lost by pride Mary won by humility. What Eve ruined and lost by disobedience Mary saved by obedience. By obeying the serpent, Eve ruined her children as well as herself and delivered them up to him. Mary by her perfect fidelity to God saved her children with herself and consecrated them to his divine majesty.

God has established not just one enmity but "enmities", and not only between Mary and Satan but between her race and his race. That is, God has put enmities, antipathies and hatreds between the true children and servants of the Blessed Virgin and the children and slaves of the devil. They have no love and no sympathy for each other. The children of Belial, the slaves of Satan, the friends of the world, - for they are all one and the same - have always persecuted and will persecute more than ever in the future those who belong to the Blessed Virgin, just as Cain of old persecuted his brother Abel, and Esau his brother Jacob. These are the types of the wicked and of the just. But the humble Mary will always triumph over Satan, the proud one, and so great will be her victory that she will crush his head, the very seat of his pride. She will unmask his serpent's cunning and expose his wicked plots. She will scatter to the winds his devilish plans and to the end of time will keep her faithful servants safe from his cruel claws.
But Mary's power over the evil spirits will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lie in wait for her heel, that is, for her humble servants and her poor children whom she will rouse to fight against him. In the eyes of the world they will be little and poor and, like the heel, lowly in the eyes of all, down-trodden and crushed as is the heel by the other parts of the body. But in compensation for this they will be rich in God's graces, which will be abundantly bestowed on them by Mary. They will be great and exalted before God in holiness. They will be superior to all creatures by their great zeal and so strongly will they be supported by divine assistance that, in union with Mary, they will crush the head of Satan with their heel, that is, their humility, and bring victory to Jesus Christ." (True Devotion to Mary, 50-54).

Pope John XXIII looked forward to a New Pentecost and Pope John Paul II spoke of a new Civilization of Love. And we shall have these. Even if they do not occur in the manner most people expect. In many places a cleansing, a purification is needed in individual temples before the Holy Spirit will enter with His Bride.
We read in the Gospel of Matthew how, "Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those engaged in selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, 'It is written: My house shall be a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of thieves.'" (21: 12, 13).

And what is our soul but His temple? Have we made His house a house of prayer? Or have we succumbed to lust, materialism and pride and made His house a den of thieves who have no place there? We have to become Marian. We have to become Mary-like before Christ is reborn again in our modern world through the power of the Holy Spirit.

There will indeed be a New Pentecost in the hearts of men and a Civilization of Love which will endure forever. But only after the Church has been purified through Calvary:

"Before Christ's second coming the Church must pass through a final trial that will shake the faith of many believers. The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth will unveil the "mystery of iniquity" in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh.

The Antichrist's deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name of millenarianism, especially the "intrinsically perverse" political form of a secular messianism.

The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection. The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven. God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Nos. 675-677).

Reflect very carefully on those words: "The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.." This is the teaching of Sacred Scripture. In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-17, we read: "We ask you, brothers, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a "spirit," or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way. For unless the apostasy comes first and the lawless one is revealed, the one doomed to perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god--do you not recall that while I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. But the one who restrains is to do so only for the present, until he is removed from the scene. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord (Jesus) will kill with the breath of his mouth and render powerless by the manifestation of his coming, the one whose coming springs from the power of Satan in every mighty deed and in signs and wonders that lie, and in every wicked deceit for those who are perishing because they have not accepted the love of truth so that they may be saved. Therefore, God is sending them a deceiving power so that they may believe the lie, that all who have not believed the truth but have approved wrongdoing may be condemned. But we ought to give thanks to God for you always, brothers loved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in truth. To this end he has (also) called you through our gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word."



Brian said...

So are you saying that the Final Judgement is immediate?

Matlee said...

We started a Marian Movement of Priests Cenacle out of our home. I would urge others to do the same or at least to pray together as a family. Every family should pray the Holy Rosary every day. It's importance as a spiritual weapon cannot be overstated.

Charles said...

Brian, how can the Final Judgement be immediate if Antichrist has not yet revealed himself - at least not fully? He will have to first do so and reign for a period of time as he unleashes the most horrible persecution of Christians in human history.

Anonymous said...

The reign of Antichrist (once it actually begins) will last some 7 years; 3 1/2 of these will be years of persecution. So I'm not sure exactly what Brian means by "immediate." Does he mean "iminent"? If so, that depends upon how one defines "iminent."

Jonathan said...

For me the headlines are getting stranger and stranger. School shootings, disturbances in nature (185 tornadoes in the month of February - average is 60-70 for the month), economic armageddon on the horizon, wars and rumors of wars, global terrorism, people are becoming colder and ever more distant, Catholic dioceses declaring bankruptcy because of sexual abuse problems, etc etc.

There is just a general feeling in the air that something really big is about to happen. This as our society slips into darkness, madness and violence.

Susan said...

Brian, meditate on these words:

"The optimism of the Pope for the "New Evangelization" and a "Civilization of Love" in the Third Millennium of Christianity fits here, as well. This would place us, therefore, in the period just before the events spoken of in the Catechism, that is, on the verge of the evangelization of the entire world. Other interpretations are possible, but none seem to fit the facts as well, especially when approved mystics are studied, instead of merely alleged ones."


Susan said...

Our true home is not here on earth but in Heaven. We are wanderers and sojourners. If we are the generation who will experience the reign of Antichrist, we should give witness as the Maccabees family did. They were martyred for their faith but their bodies were given back to them supernaturally. Read the account of the mother and her seven sons.

John Ansley said...

This is a very serious topic. But Christians with an authentic faith will not despair or fear. Jesus told us not to fear those who can destroy the body but rather God who can throw into Hell. Revelation tells us that we await a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness is at home.

Despair is not the attitude of the Christian. Hope is. Even in the face of persecution.

Marie Tremblay said...

Metanoia. We are all called to daily conversion. The time of mercy is (I think) running out. It's not that there is a limit to God's Mercy, but He is also perfect in His other attributes as well. This is what Jesus told Sister - now Saint - Faustina. He said that sinners should embrace His Mercy now because His time of Justice is approaching. Do we really believe Jesus? Or do we make Him a liar by denying that a chastisement is coming? We should think about this very seriously. God is not mocked. Yes He is Mercy. But He is also Justice. This message is not popular with those who wish to condone sin or forget about Hell. But it is true nevertheless.

Katelyn said...

I think things are really beginning to accelerate now. Both on the international and national levels. Everyone I talk with about this has noticed that time appears to have sped up. It's as if we're racing headlong into something huge.

Timothy said...

The battle is indeed spiritual, with even Adoration Chapels coming under Satanic attack:

Paul, your testimony - and that of the other prayer warriors - is powerful. We must resist the Devil more than ever. His time is short. And he is in the mood for a decisive battle.

Michael Cole said...

Timothy that article with testimonies is powerful. The Devil is prowling about looking for souls to devour. The war is heating up in both the spiritual and physical realms. More Adoration is needed; more Rosary hours; more intercessory prayer. I plan on spending more time before the Blessed Sacrament.

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