I have heard quite a bit of talking lately on how Mary is unworthy of honor, how there is no proof that she should be revered, and that she really does nothing to help us. Well, I was reading an amazing book called Angels and Devils, by renowned author Joan Carroll Cruz, and in one chapter (108 to be exact) on exorcism, several examples are given of the devils terror of Mary. I shall quote here one of the examples given-
“The fear which the devil has for the Blessed Virgin was demonstrated in one exorcism when the priest, during the third session, told the devil, “That’s enough! You are going to leave, for the Virgin Mary has ordered you to; it’s not for me anymore, a little servant of God, but from the Virgin Mary!” Turning to the shrine (for all of you non-Catholics, that’s a statue of the Virgin, usually with flowers around it, NOT a worship station) of the Blessed Virgin, the priest continued, “Come, Virgin Mary, make Satan depart! One little gesture from you, and the devil will go back to hell!”
The devil could endure this no longer and began to stammer and shriek, “Madam… Madam… I am frightened, Madam! We can’t say anything to you, great Lady! It is forbidden to us! I am frightened! I am frightened! She is coming! She is descending from the clouds! No, no! Leave me a little while longer! Just a little while longer!” Then, turning to the priest, the devil snarled, “You don’t frighten me!” Then quieter, ” I’m afraid of her, the great Lady, of her alone, for I can do nothing against her, her will prevails!” Then as thought the Lady had spoken to the Devil, he answered, “I shall have to go! I shall have to! Yes, Madam.” The possessed woman was then relieved of her sufferings. (Christiani,op. cit. p 145)
In a letter dated February, 1959, Fr. Berger-Berges, a long time exorcist, remarked on the Devils respect for the Blessed Virgin. The priest writes that, “Many a time Satan has had to confess, ‘SHE is the most powerful.’ ‘I can do nothing against you, Great Lady.’ ‘I can’t manage anything, because of her! Something makes me say this… Something… that is, God!” The priest also disclosed, “Never, never has Satan been known to insult the Blessed Virgin!” (Ibid, p. 124)
Now, it stands to reason that if the devils are admittedly evil, (we can all agree on this, right?) and all of them even to Satan himself, are terror-stricken at the mere mention of Mary, and evil is afraid of good… well, Mary must be good, and not only good, but powerful! Not as powerful as God, but she is given power over the devil by God. From Genesis to Revelations, Mary is seen as a woman who crushes the snake (the traditional personification of Satan.) Just as a woman in the beginning surrendered to Satan, so a woman subdued him.
And as for Mary being our Mother? Well, one of the last things that Christ says on the cross is, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” (John 19: 27) Christ was not just giving St. John the task of caring for his mom, He is also giving His mom the task of caring for all of His people! In asking John to care for Mary, He names John His Brother. In the Gospels, He names us as His siblings when he says “Our Father.” Not “My Father” but “OUR Father.” In Jewish tradition, when the eldest died, the other siblings would all help their mom, and she would do things like help cook or babysit or plant. Jesus gives His Mother to ALL OF US. And He gives us to her, to love and care for like any mom would.
And like every Mom, she protects her children from danger. We all have siblings. We’ve all seen Mom grab the kid who is sticking the fork in the socket, or about to toddle off a cliff or into the road. Any Mom worth her salt would gladly jump in front of a train to put her child out of the way, even if it meant the end of her life. We’ve heard stories of moms that succumbed to disease because they would rather die than abort their unborn child. Moms protect their kids, it’s what they do best. Mary is our Spiritual mother, so she protects us from the grave spiritual dangers that the devil places in front of us. Because of her love for her Son, she loves all that her Son loves, namely, us. And nothing, and I mean NOTHING, scares the devil more than love. For is not God Himself Love?
On that note, Love to all!
(Be impressed, I held the book in my lap and typed out every word.)