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On the Battle Lines with Jesus & Mary

mary.mother.of.jesus.01Mary responds to God’s will in perfect harmony with her Son. Any stain of sin, no matter how minuscule would have disqualified her as the woman or new Eve who stands in opposition to Satan. The demonic dragon can have no part of her, even for a moment.

A damned spirit, human or angelic, has turned away from the one for whom he was made. If the angels of God always look upon God’s face, the damned avert their eyes. They have rejected LOVE itself. A devil might want to eat you, but he would never want to be your friend. He hates you. He hates God. And yes, he hates himself. The lines are clearly drawn.

We are told to put on Christ. As confirmed soldiers for Christ, he is our uniform. Our weapons are not guns, bombs, swords or arrows. Rather, we are shielded by divine grace and find the sacraments and the life of prayer in our arsenal. We bombard the enemy with prayer and supplications for reparation. Christ makes himself the first casualty but his Resurrection has changed all the rules to the game. God is on our side. We battle for souls while knowing that the war is won in Christ. The stakes are high. The enemy has placed traitors in our ranks so we must be ever vigilant. The price of silver tempted Judas and might sway some of us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!