When you and I entered the world, we were indeed unaware that we had been
born into an arena wherein there is raging a continuous battle between the
Woman clothed With the Sun and the Angel submersed in Darkness. Although
the opportunity was given to us in Scripture, and, although we may have
been told of this ongoing battle, it is not until recent times that anyone
of us have had the internal depth experience that there was a war raging,
and that each one of us, by the designs of God, is to take an active part
in it. It is expected of you and me to make a decision whether to stand
with Mary, or with Satan.
Nor is it so simple as to make one decision once and for all. Angels
could do so and have done so, but humans have it otherwise. We struggle
day in and day out in our decision making. Satan, as the Great Deceiver,
revenging himself against God, wishes to steal us from Him, our Creator.
Mary, having been given by Jesus, our Savior, the motherly charge over each
one of us, pleads that we remain close to her that she might carry us in
her arms to the Father to Whom we really belong. Satan uses subtleties to
confuse and trip us up. Mary makes use of her motherly wisdom and love
that we might not only clearly understand the ways of Satan, but obtains
graces for us that we might have continual power of him.
In previous installments of this column, we had given some thought to
satan's subtleties. Let us now turn our attention to what it is that Mary
asks and pleads for in order to give us a helping hand to detect these
subtleties and to opt continuously for the directives she offers.
Foremost, and perhaps the most basic of her directives is that we pray.
She emphasizes this often by repeating the word "pray" three times, i.e.
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY. In addition to this, over and over again she speaks of
the necessity to pray with the HEART. She asks that we seek guidance from
her Spouse Who is the Source of Wisdom, understanding and knowledge. She
makes it clear that if we pray, we will find out what it is that the Father
wants of us. She continually requests of us to pray the rosary for in this
form of prayer all of the above can be put into practice.
Mary is the Mother of all children whether these be good, bad or
indifferent, whether these be of the True Faith, of other faiths or of no
faith at all. It is to all of her children, all without one single
exception, that she pleads for prayer from them. Prayer is the umbilical
cord that connects each human being with his/her Maker and Owner. This
cord may be of different sizes, different textures, different forms, but it
must be there if human beings are to be in touch with their Source of Life.
Imagine an employee who never touches base with his/her employer. There
are many of God's most special creatures on earth who never make contact
with Him. Especially for these does Mary weep. She knows well that satan
is the chief destroyer of this umbilical cord, thus contributing to a
condition that keeps the minds of human on themselves rather than upon
NEXT WEEK: Part Seven of the sublteties of satan