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From a commentary on Saint Luke’s Magnificat by Venerable Bede, priest
Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. The Lord has exalted me by a gift so great, so unheard of, that language is useless to describe it, and the depths of love in my heart can scarcely grasp it. I offer then all the powers of my soul in praise and thanksgiving. As I contemplate his greatness, which knows no limits, I joyfully surrender my whole life, my senses, my judgment, for my spirit rejoices in the eternal Godhead of that Jesus, that Savior, whom I have conceived in this world of time.
The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Mary looks back to the beginning of her song, where she said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. Only that soul for whom the Lord in his love does great things can proclaim his greatness with fitting praise and encourage those who share her desire and purpose, saying: Join with me in proclaiming the greatness of the Lord; let us extol his name together.
Those who know the Lord, yet refuse to proclaim his greatness and sanctify his name to the limit of their power, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. His name is called holy because in the sublimity of his unique power he surpasses every creature and is far removed from all that he had made. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy. In a beautiful phrase Mary calls Israel the servant of the Lord. The Lord came to his aid to save him. Israel is an obedient and humble servant, in the words of Hosea: Israel was a servant, and I loved him.
Those who refuse to be humble cannot be saved. They cannot say with the prophet: See, God comes to my aid; the Lord is the helper of my soul. But anyone who makes himself humble like a little child is greater in the kingdom of heaven.
The promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever. This does not refer to the physical descendants of Abraham, but to his spiritual children. These are his descendants, sprung not from the flesh only, but who, whether circumcised or not, have followed him in faith. Circumcised as he was, Abraham believed, and this was credited to him as an act of righteousness.
The coming of the Savior was promised to Abraham and to his descendants for ever. These are the children of promise, to whom it is said: If you belong to Christ, then you are descendants of Abraham, heirs in accordance with the promise.
Some cite demonic activity on the conspiracy theory sites – others say people are too harsh on the Pope despite his errors – Yet a new and more insightful look may involve an aging personality disorder. Yet still others, including traditional Catholic philosophers, go deeper still (conceding that although these other elements might be factors to a lesser and varying extent) the Tielhard de Chardin school of thought is the root that denounces absolute Truths and purports this previously condemned philosophy (by the Holy See) that upstages natural law’s non contradiction basics with the new and strange theories that multiple opposing Truths could both be true ! – to use their popular word, “some ‘concrete’ examples follow “-~ emphasis mine~
Pope Disbands Vatican Sex Abuse Commission
Special papal commission on sexual abuse ceases to exist | The Pulse | LifeSite
The Vatican and Australia’s Catholic leaders say they will seriously consider the royal commission’s call for sweeping reforms, although archbishops refuse to break the seal of confession to reveal child abuse.
From a homily In Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot The whole world awaits Mary’s reply
You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.
The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life.
Tearful Adam with his sorrowing family begs this of you, O loving Virgin, in their exile from Paradise. Abraham begs it, David begs it. All the other holy patriarchs, your ancestors, ask it of you, as they dwell in the country of the shadow of death. This is what the whole earth waits for, prostrate at your feet. It is right in doing so, for on your word depends comfort for the wretched, ransom for the captive, freedom for the condemned, indeed, salvation for all the sons of Adam, the whole of your race.
Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.
Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident. This is no time for virginal simplicity to forget prudence. In this matter alone, O prudent Virgin, do not fear to be presumptuous. Though modest silence is pleasing, dutiful speech is now more necessary. Open your heart to faith, O blessed Virgin, your lips to praise, your womb to the Creator. See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving. Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word.
In an excellent 30 minute movie produced by Jewish people
It is about how the still extant Obama administration has orchestrated a continuation of Saudi $ in US education infiltrating hundreds of US schools around the country indoctrinating them with anti-semitism –a systematic pro-islamic indoctrination that also disfavors Christianity and all Judao-Christian ways of life The thorough nature of the details and the evidence will blow you away- Coming to a school near you
The organizer of the D.C. Women’s March in Washington , Linda Sarsour , is being accused of enabling the sexual abuse of a woman who worked in her Brooklyn, New York office, a report Sunday alleges. – CMTV Michigan
From a treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus, bishop on the plan of redemption through the Incarnation
God is man’s glory. Man is the vessel which receives God’s action and all his wisdom and power.
Just as a doctor is judged in his care for the sick, so God is revealed in his conduct with men. That is Paul’s reason for saying: God has made the whole world prisoner of unbelief that he may have mercy on all. He was speaking of man, who was disobedient to God, and cast off from immortality, and then found mercy, receiving through the Son of God the adoption he brings.
If man, without being puffed up or boastful, has a right belief regarding created things and their divine Creator, who, having given them being, holds them all in his power, and if man perseveres in God’s love, and in obedience and gratitude to him, he will receive greater glory from him. It will be a glory which will grow ever brighter until he takes on the likeness of the one who died for him.
He it was who took on the likeness of sinful flesh, to condemn sin and rid the flesh of sin, as now condemned. He wanted to invite man to take on his likeness, appointing man an imitator of God, establishing man in a way of life in obedience to the Father that would lead to the vision of God, and endowing man with power to receive the Father. He is the Word of God who dwelt with man and became the Son of Man to open the way for man to receive God, for God to dwell with man, according to the will of the Father.
For this reason the Lord himself gave as the sign of our salvation, the one who was born of the Virgin, Emmanuel. It was the Lord himself who saved them, for of themselves they had no power to be saved. For this reason Paul speaks of the weakness of man, and says: I know that no good dwells in my flesh, meaning that the blessing of our salvation comes not from us but from God. Again, he says: I am a wretched man; who will free me from this body doomed to die? Then he speaks of a liberator, thanks to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah says the same: Hands that are feeble, grow strong! Knees that are weak, take courage! Hearts that are faint, grow strong! Fear not; see, our God is judgement and he will repay. He himself will come and save us. He means that we could not be saved of ourselves but only with God’s help.
Regardless of whether its origin is gnostic/masonic/progressive modernism/syncretism or combinations of all of the above the theological heart of the crisis can be found here as represented by Faithful Catholic academia
See the part #2 section of this thesis and be prepared for Christmas season learning
The Theological Hypothesis Of A Heretic Pope –
As researched and written by one the most well respected faithful Catholics theologians and historians in the business – Brazilian TFP’s Arnaldo Vidigal Xavier Da Silveria – as translated by TIA John Russell Spann
(Part #2 Begins On Page 141 of the book or page 171 of the pdf )
An overview of sorts of that Roman Catholic essay exploring the theology of the crisis can be summed up by a commenter on 1 Peter Five, a Daniel Braun, quoting the renown Dom Prosper Guéranger who himself is merely quoting hardened Roman Catholic tradition
Resistance To This Papal Administration Is Not Optional For The Faithful Catholic It’s Mandated By Roman Catholicism “When the shepherd becomes a wolf, the first duty of the flock is to defend itself. The true children of Holy Church, at such times, are those who walk by the light of their Baptism, not the cowardly souls who, under the specious pretext of submission to the powers that be, delay their opposition to the enemy in the hope of receiving instructions which are neither necessary nor desirable.”
The theologian, Francisco Suarez S.J. († 1617), said likewise:
“If the pope gives an order contrary to right customs, he should not be obeyed; if he attempts to do something manifestly opposed to justice and the common good, it will be lawful to resist him; if he attacks by force, by force he can be repelled, with a moderation appropriate to a just defense.” (De Fide, Disp. X, Sec. VI, N. 16)
The Doctor of the Church, St. Robert Bellarmine, S.J. († 1621), wrote a treatise on the Papacy which was used as a basis for the definition of the limits of papal infallibility which was made at Vatican I. He wrote as follows:
“Just as it is lawful to resist the pope that attacks the body, it is also lawful to resist the one who attacks souls or who disturbs civil order, or, above all, who attempts to destroy the Church. I say that it is lawful to resist him by not doing what he orders and preventing his will from being executed.” (De Romano Pontifice, Lib. II, Ch. 29)
Pope or no Pope, resistance is our only choice.
Raised Stakes in Dubia Drama: Scandalous Letter Added to Acta Apostolicae Sedis — Catholic Family News
On the appearance of the pope’s letter to the Argentine bishops in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis In Violation Of Canon 915 – Canon Law On Word Press
Some three months ago I predicted that Pope Francis’ letter to the Argentine bishops, approving their implementation of Amoris laetitia, would make its way into the Acta Apostolicae Sedis. Now it has. An accompanying note from Cardinal Parolin states that the pope wishes the Argentine document to enjoy “magisterial authority” and that his endorsement thereof has the status of an “apostolic letter”.
As Rises Wichita, so Rises the Catholic Church by Christopher A. Ferrara On Fatima Perspectives
The lesson to be learned here is this: that the Church will be restored in God’s good time, no matter what the plans of mere men with their insane visions of “remaking” her according to their way of thinking
In the midst of this world which today presents such a sharp contrast to “The Peace of Christ in the Reign of Christ,” the Church and her faithful are in times and in years of trial such as have rarely been known in her history of struggle and suffering. But in such times especially, he who remains firm in his faith and strong at heart knows that Christ the King is never so near as in the hour of trial, which is the hour for fidelity. With a heart torn by the sufferings and afflictions of so many of her sons, but with the courage and the stability that come from the promises of Our Lord, the Spouse of Christ goes to meet the gathering storms. This she knows, that the truth which she preaches, the charity which she teaches and practices, will be the indispensable counselors and aids to men of good will in the reconstruction of a new world based on justice and love, when mankind, weary from it course along the way of error, has tasted the bitter fruits of hate and violence.
The “Catholic Church, the City of God, whose King is Truth, whose law love and whose measure eternity” (Saint Augustine, Ep. CXXXVIII. Ad Marcellinum, C. 3, N. 17), preaching fearlessly the whole truth of Christ and toiling as the love of Christ demands with the zeal of a mother, stands as a blessed vision of peace above the storm of error and passion awaiting the moment when the all-powerful Hand of Christ the King shall quiet the tempest and banish the spirits of discord which have provoked it.
Put into practice the sublime precept of the Divine Master, the most sacred testament of His Heart, “That they all may be one” (Saint John xvii. 21) that all may live in that unity of faith and of love, from which the world may know the power and efficacy of Christ’s mission and of the work of His Church.
The early Church understood and practiced this Divine Precept, and expressed it in a magnificent prayer; do you associate yourselves with those sentiments which answer so well to the necessities of the present hour: “Remember, O Lord, Thy Church, to free her from all evil and to perfect her in Thy love, and sanctify and collect her from the four winds into Thy Kingdom, which Thou has prepared for her, because Thine is the power, and the glory for ever” (Doctrine of the Twelve Apostles, C 10). ___________________________________________________________
Religious Topics Grace of Contrition and Reign of Mary
How Bad Is It – The Question That Catholics Who Are Opening Their Eyes All Over The World Are Asking ” What’s Really Going On With The Constant Chaos In The Church “?! —> This News Blog Post Attempts To Sum Up The Entire Crisis In The Church
“Padre Pio Shrine A Temple Designed For Freemasonry” – An Expose By Father Leonard Villa and Doctor Eng. Franco Adessa – Two People That Were Almost Assassinated Several Times For Exposing Freemasonry’s Infiltration Into The Church
Pope Calls Attempts To Convert Others To Catholicism – A Sin Against Ecumenism – On Crux
I Will Leave To Others The Debate As To Whether He Does Or Does Not Understand That These Notions Are The Central Doctrines Of Freemasonry “Every degreed mason must keep his or her original religion (and infiltrate it) and anyone who converts others in the Lodge or from others Lodges to his or her religion is expelled “
Last paragraph of this 2016 Interview with the Pope On Crux – (Scroll to the bottom of the article)
The Only Hidden Mystery Is Christ – The Godman That Took Part In Creating Us And Who Revealed Himself To The Unraveling Jewish World
From the book of the prophet Isaiah 26:7-21
The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level. Yes, for your way and your judgments, O Lord, we look to you;
Your name and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice.
The wicked man, spared, does not learn justice; in an upright land he acts perversely, and sees not the majesty of the Lord. O Lord, your hand is uplifted, but they behold it not;
Let them be shamed when they see your zeal for your people: let the fire prepared for your enemies consume them. O Lord, you mete out peace to us,
for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.
O Lord, our God, other lords than you have ruled us; it is from you only that we can call upon your name. Dead they are, they have no life, shades that cannot rise; For you have punished and destroyed them, and wiped out all memory of them.
You have increased the nation, O Lord, increased the nation to your own glory,
and extended far all the borders of the land. O Lord, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising.
As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O Lord. We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind;
Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth.
But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.
Go, my people, enter your chambers, and close your doors behind you; Hide yourselves for a brief moment, until the wrath is past.
See, the Lord goes forth from his place, to punish the wickedness of the earth’s inhabitants; The earth will reveal the blood upon her, and no longer conceal her slain.
From a spiritual Canticle by Saint John of the Cross, priest The knowledge of the mystery hidden in Jesus Christ
Though holy doctors have uncovered many mysteries and wonders, and devout souls have understood them in this earthly condition of ours, yet the greater part still remains to be unfolded by them, and even to be understood by them.
We must then dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing treasures: however deep we dig we will never find their end or their limit. Indeed, in every pocket new seams of fresh riches are discovered on all sides.
For this reason the apostle Paul said of Christ: In him are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God. The soul cannot enter into these treasures, nor attain them, unless it first crosses into and enters the thicket of suffering, enduring interior and exterior labors, and unless it first receives from God very many blessings in the intellect and in the senses, and has undergone long spiritual training.
All these are lesser things, disposing the soul for the lofty sanctuary of the knowledge of the mysteries of Christ: this is the highest wisdom attainable in this life.
Would that men might come at last to see that it is quite impossible to reach the thicket of the riches and wisdom of God except by first entering the thicket of much suffering, in such a way that the soul finds there its consolation and desire. The soul that longs for divine wisdom chooses first, and in truth, to enter the thicket of the cross.
Saint Paul therefore urges the Ephesians not to grow weary in the midst of tribulations, but to be rooted and grounded in love, so that they may know with all the saints the breadth, the length, the height and the depth—to know what is beyond knowledge, the love of Christ, so as to be filled with all the fullness of God. The gate that gives entry into these riches of his wisdom is the cross; because it is a narrow gate, while many seek the joys that can be gained through it, it is given to few to desire to pass through it.
The Shocking Continuing Revolution In The Church – The Harbinger Of All Other Devolving Changes In Our Societal World Against The Backdrop Of Our Lady Of Guadalupe
Every year for the past three & a half years out of the past nine of saying / praying the Divine Office Liturgy of the Hours my family trys earnestly every Lent/Easter & Advent /Christmas to return seasonally from the Little Office of The Blessed Virgin Mary to the Novus Ordo Divine Office Hours
The new Rite office hours are , believe it or not, 80% to 90% preserved from the old Rite in form and content – especially for these seasons due to the diligent trench warfare fight of the conservative Bishops at the Council – primarily the original order of the Holy Ghost Fathers.
But the 10% or more that appears by mandate that is heterodox is so damaging
The following is inserted into todays prayers of the Office Of the Readings – Some of The Church Observes OL Of Guadalupe – Feast Mass and Office Other Dioceses Do Not
For Those That Do Not The 2nd reading is taken from Vatican II Council’s Lumen Gentium that the clergy and 2nd orders of the Church all pray /read today by majority in the west , as made part of their post-conciliar vows but in other years lands on a regular day in the 2nd week of Advent
LG “The renewal of all things, and the whole world, which is intimately bound up with MAN and reaches its perfection through him, will, along with THE HUMAN RACE be perfectly restored in Christ.”
LG says further on ” The Church, as the universal sacrament of salvation.”
( As no longer the mystical and physical Body of Christ ? ! A pseudo 8th Sacrament as optional to Salvation as infers the Sacrament of Holy Orders -the Sacrament of Wedlock and the Sacrament of Extreme Unction are ?! )
LG “The renewal of the world has been established, and cannot be revoked.”
(The opening of the Church to being of the world )
LG ” Until a new heaven and a new earth are built as the dwelling place of (social )justice, the pilgrim Church, in its sacraments and institutions belonging to this world of time, bears the likeness of this passing world.”
By contrast the infallible teachings of the eternal magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church dictates and holds to be true as follows “The Sacraments are the primary method to attain and sustain the efficacious Grace required for salvation and are the only elements of this world that are bound up with the heavenly Church triumphant “
In contrast to the words of the former which are straight out of Pierre Tielhard De Chardin and Henri De Lubac’s gnostic teachings of the human evolution of man and his ever changing understanding of God
It lays the foundations for the new religion with the only mandates in this pseudo Church constitution be that the powers of the Church be decentralized and awarded instead to national Bishops Conferences (which btw still violates ecclesial jurisdictions and current Canon Law )
If you then turn to the letters -proclamations -and decrees of the South American Bishops, the German Bishops and especially the American Bishops Conference you see rather than just sprinklings of the heterodoxy like you see in each of the Vatican II encyclicals – you find real heresy violating Roman Catholic teaching in almost 100% of every one of their teachings
Go to their website and read one , anyone of them, at random, it’s nauseating and it’s NOT Catholic and I won’t even bother to repost any of them here as too many of us have seen the atrocities but worse still many try to ignore and or deny that they are there and being propagated through the peppering in of the new Rite’s Parish Pastors. It has reached a crisis of untold proportions of which the only thing that surpasses it is mainstream Catholic denial phase currently puttering out its last silent stages in a slow dawning of reality.
It’s not just these topics mainstream Catholic media refuses to take up in their propagation of the denial of the dire & critical nature of the crisis in the Church
Shouldn’t dozens of Catholics holding a protest Rosary vigil last night in the cold in front of the prestigious Yale Club in NYC to protest the hierarchy of their own Church have made the mainstream (propaganda) Catholic news ?!
Cardinal Dolan’s invitation of the homosexualist promoter Father James Martin aka ” the Church is in the process of changing its teachings on homosexuality ” to be its key note speaker ….
What did we hear from the mainstream Catholic world on this topic ….Crickets …..
In this era it is in the hands of the laity to rise up and defend Holy Mother Church against the rising corruption that infiltrated Her
We are the last generation –
It is our job to build networked Catholic family apostolates and protect our children -our families and our properties from the new religion by the sword and the gun if necessary .
Over 30 Catholic pro-life and pro-family leaders, representing 11 countries, have signed a Pledge of Fidelity to the Catholic faith, declaring their refusal to follow “erring pastors” in the Church today.
In Honor of the Immaculate Conception – “ A From a sermon by Saint Anselm, Bishop”
Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night—everything that is subject to the power or use of man—rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for men or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of men who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendor by men who believe in God.
The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb.
Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.
Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.
To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary.
God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed.
Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son, grant, we pray, that, as you preserved her from every stain by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you foresaw, so, through her intercession, we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your presence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. — Amen.
Another reason that motivated Kolbe to found the MI, as reflected in his original charter quoted earlier, and alluded to in the testimony of Fr. Arzilli, quoted above, is the “error of Masonry.” By 1917 Italian Masonry was boldly rearing its ugly head in opposition to the Church. Writing in 1935 about the founding of the MI back in 1917, St. Maximilian said:
[T]he Freemasons in Rome began to demonstrate openly and belligerently against the Church. They placed the black standard of the “Giordano Brunisti” under the window of the Vatican. [Giordano Bruno was a Dominican turned Calvinist turned pantheist who was burned as a heretic on Feb. 17, 1600. This Masonic demonstration most likely occurred on Feb. 17 to commemorate his death]. On this standard the archangel St. Michael was depicted lying under the feet of the triumphant Lucifer. At the same time, countless pamphlets were distributed to the people in which the Holy Father was attacked shamefully. “Right then I conceived the idea of organizing an active society to counteract Freemasonry and other slaves of Lucifer . . .23
In 1939, writing in the Latin magazine for priests which he began publishing a year earlier, Miles Immaculatae, Kolbe said this about the Masonic demonstrations against the Church and Masonry’s evil designs:
[During the marches around the Vatican on Brunisti’s anniversary], some enraged hands dared to write such slogans as, ‘Satan will rule on Vatican Hill, and the Pope will serve as his lackey,’ and other such insults. Now these unreasoning acts of hatred toward the Church of Christ and his temporal Vicar were not the inept rantings of a few individual psychopaths, but the manner, way and plan of action deduced from the Masonic rule: Destroy all teaching about God, especially the Catholic teaching.
Centers of this secret society have been established in every region. Nevertheless in various ways they more or less openly promote the same thing. In their plan they use many and various kinds of societies, which under their leadership promote neglect of Divine things and the breakdown of morality. This is because the Freemasons follow this principle above all: “Catholicism can be overcome not by logical arguments but by corrupted morals.” And so they overwhelm the souls of men with the kind of literature and arts that will most easily destroy a sense of chaste morals, and foster sordid lifestyles in all phases of human life . . . To bring help to so many unhappy persons, to stabilize innocent hearts so that all can more easily go to the Immaculate Virgin through whom so many graces come down to us, the Militia Immaculatae was established in Rome in 1917.24
We can imagine what this Polish Knight of Our Lady would say today regarding the widespread promotion of immorality in television, movies, music and the arts; and we can ponder to what extent Freemasonry — which is truly an arm of Satan — has contributed and continues to contribute to the current state of affairs.
Gen. 3:15: The humble Woman who crushes Satan’s proud head
St. Maximilian, the gentle Friar who lived the white crown of purity and received the red crown of martyrdom, clearly saw Gen. 3:15 as having both salvific and eschatological dimensions. This was one of his main reasons for founding the MI as a young seminarian in Rome in 1917. In God’s almighty providence, it is no mere coincidence that Kolbe founded the MI in the same year that Our Lady appeared to the three little children, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco, at Fatima, Portugal and revealed to them God’s plan for world peace. “She will crush your head” should be read alongside Mary’s own words at Fatima: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph”; for the ultimate triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart involves the victory of the Immaculata — the All-Pure and Spotless Virgin whom the Evil One could never touch — over Satan and his minions.
In our Catholic Tradition, beginning with SS. Justin Martyr (+ 165), Irenaeus (+ 200), Epiphanius (+ 403) and Jerome (+ 420), Mary has been contrasted with Eve by phrases such as: “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience”; and “Death through Eve, life through Mary,”25 Truly, Mary is the “New Eve.”26 However, in light of the revelation in Gen. 3:15, can we not also say that in addition to viewing Eve in opposition to Mary, as her anti-type, that in God’s salvific plan the Prince of Darkness should also be seen in opposition to Mary, even as another anti-type of Our Lady?27 Consider: Satan and Mary are both creatures. Both were endowed at their creation with abundant gifts: Lucifer was the most beautiful and intelligent of all the angels before his fall; Mary from the first moment of her Conception was Immaculate and Full of Grace. Satan was “a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44); Mary is the “Mother of All the Living.”28 Satan, the Tempter, deprived the human race of grace; Mary is the Mother in the Order of Grace. Satan is the “Father of Lies” (John 8:44); Mary is the “Destroyer of All Heresies.”29 In the end, Satan’s proud rebellion, “Non serviam” (“I will not serve”),30 will be overcome by Mary’s humble obedience: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).31
The Church teaches that all the angels were created naturally good, and that prior to being admitted into the presence of God they were given a test of obedience.32 They failed that test by “radically and irrevocably” rejecting God and his reign,33 and as a result they are separated from God eternally.34 A tradition among Saints and theologians holds that in this test of obedience, the Incarnation was revealed to the angels, and that Satan along with a number of other angels rebelled, refusing to submit to the notion of having to worship him who would be both God and man, and as a result “fell like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18). Because his will is forever fixed in his rebellion,35 he still refuses to believe that Jesus Christ is the Eternal Word made flesh and therefore must be worshipped and adored.
The opening scene in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ takes place in the Garden of Gethsemane. Satan tries to tempt Christ by ridiculing the notion that he can redeem all men by his death. Then, under his breath, the Evil One contemptuously murmurs the following words: “Who is your father? . . . Who are you?” These words are significant, for they implicitly reveal the root of Satan’s rebellion: a proud refusal to believe that Jesus is the Incarnate Word. We see analogous statements, revealing the same mentality, in the Gospels, when Satan tries to tempt Jesus: “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread . . . If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down [from the parapet of the Temple]” (Mt. 4:3, 6). Then Satan, after taking Jesus up atop a high mountain, shows Him “all the kingdoms in the world in their magnificence,” and says: “All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me” (Matt. 4:8-9). The fact that Satan demands that Jesus worship him clearly reveals his refusal to believe that Jesus is both God and man.
Why did Satan refuse to submit to the revelation of the Eternal Word taking flesh? Perhaps it was because he, the most beautiful and intelligent of all the angels,36 thought it inconceivable that God should become man and take a nature even lower than his own. Satan would not serve because Satan refused to believe. We might say that the “Prince of this World” was the first rationalist: in pride, he refused to submit in mind and will to what his great (though finite) angelic intellect could not fully fathom: the deep mystery of the Incarnation; a union of two natures in one Divine Person. While Satan and the fallen angels who joined him believe in God — St. James tells us that “Even the demons believe . . . and tremble” (Jas. 2:19) — they refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word.
By contrast, Mary is the woman of faith. Her humble “Fiat” is an expression of her great faith, to which Elizabeth gives witness: “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:45). What was that message which Mary believed? It was this: that she would “conceive in [her] womb and bear a son” who “will be called the Son of the Most High” and “will be called holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1:31-32, 35). Mary’s faith in the great mystery of the Incarnation, and in God’s ability to effect this incomprehensible event within her, was in part due to her great humility. As Mary herself says in the Magnificat, the Lord “hath regarded the humility of his handmaid” (Luke 1:47).37 In God’s salvific plan Mary, in her humility and her obedience in faith, is set in direct opposition to Satan’s proud refusal to believe what God had revealed about His Son becoming man, and of his ongoing rebellion before God. In this sense the Evil Serpent is truly the anti-type of the spotless Virgin.
As a consequence of her great faith and her humble obedience to God’s will, Mary became the Mother of God. And because of her perseverance in faith unto Calvary, she became the Mother of all the redeemed in the Order of Grace and now shares in her Son’s victory on the Cross;38 a victory which will culminate in the final defeat of the Prince of Darkness: “She will crush thy head” (Gen. 3:15).
Scripture reveals that “crushing the heads” of all evildoers is part of the definitive victory of Christ over his enemies. Psalm 74  speaks of God, the “king from of old”: “You smashed the heads of the dragons on the waters. You crushed the heads of Leviathan” (Ps. 74 : 12-14). Psalm 110  says that the Christ, both King in the line of David and High Priest in the order of Melchizedek, “crushes kings on the day of wrath”; He who is “robed in splendor, judges nations” and “crushes heads across the wide earth” (Ps. 110 : 5-6).39 St. Paul promises that all who remain faithful and obedient to God will share in this activity; he says that if we are “wise to what is good and simple to what is evil, then the God of peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet” (Rom. 16:19-20).40 However, Mary, who is the Mother of Christ, and both Mother and “Eschatological Icon” of the Church,41 will be given a privileged place among Christ’s faithful in this glorious triumph of Christ over the Father of Lies and all who follow him. This is the meaning of the “woman” in Gen. 3:15, of which the valiant woman, Jael, is a type, who crushed the head of the evil general Sisera, when he attacked God’s Chosen People. In Deborah’s canticle she praises Jael, saying “Blessed among women be Jael”; and then continues: “With her left hand she reached for the peg, with her right, for the workman’s mallet. She hammered Sisera, crushed his head; she smashed, stove in his temple. At her feet he sank down, fell, lay still; down at her feet he sank and fell” (Judges 5:24, 26-27).42
Bl. Pius IX, in his Apostolic Constitution defining the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Ineffabilis Deus, gives us an authoritative interpretation of Gen. 3:15 when, after quoting this verse, he says: “the most holy Virgin, united with [her divine Son] by a most intimate and indissoluble bond, was, with him and through him, eternally at enmity with the evil serpent, and most completely triumphed over him, and thus crushed his head with her immaculate foot.” Pope John Paul II echoes and expands on these words, saying:
the Immaculate Conception does not mean only an exaltation of Mary, as if she had been transported outside of all those who have received the inheritance of the sin of our first parents.
On the contrary, it means her insertion into the very center of the spiritual combat, of this “enmity” that in the course of human history places the “Prince of Darkness” and the “Father of Lies” in opposition to the Woman and her seed.
Through the words of the Book of Genesis, we see Mary Immaculate in all the realism of her election. We see her at the culminating moment of this “enmity”: at the foot of the Cross of Christ on Calvary. There “she will crush your head and you will strike her heel.”43
In his own devotion to Mary and in founding the MI, St. Maximilian clearly saw Mary as actively engaged in the ongoing spiritual combat that is waged “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of the is darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Eph. 6:12).44 The Martyr of Auschwitz also saw that in the end, this lowly Handmaid of the Lord, she who “cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array” (Song 6:9),45 will be victorious and, through the power and grace of Christ, render a most humiliating defeat upon the Evil Serpent: she will crush his proud head, which will usher in the definitive Reign of Christ as our King, and Mary as our Queen, along with the triumph of her Immaculate Heart.
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