Some say it’s silver crucifixes. Some say it’s holy water. Some say it’s the Rosary. It might be all of those things. But there is one thing for sure that Satan fears – the holy name of Mary.
During a 2011 interview with Catholic News Agency, famed Rome exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said that the devil has admitted to him that he’s more afraid when the exorcist invokes Mary than when he invokes Jesus Christ. Why?
“Because I am more humiliated to be defeated by a human creature than being defeated by him,” the devil told him.
Other exorcists – including one I know personally – have given witness to this fact as well. It seems the demons particularly hate and fear the Madonna. In fact, the exorcists I know told me that bringing Mary into the equation is a form of test to see whether it’s a true case of demonic oppression or possession or merely a spiritual or psychological disturbance.
The Catholic Church commemorates the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary annually on September 12, and rightfully so. This beautiful feast day commemorates all the privileges given to Mary by God and all the graces that we have received, and continue to receive, through her intercession and mediation.
That makes this a perfect day to spend time contemplating all that you have been given by God through Mary! If you really think about it, I’m sure you’ll come up with a very long list. Maybe you’ll even want to keep a physical list, adding to it throughout the day. You’ll be surprised at what you come up with. Then, go to your Mother Mary and thank her for all that she’s done for you.
Repeat Mary’s name often with love and devotion – not just today, but everyday and especially during moments of temptation and spiritual distress. Her holy name – Mary – will chase the demons away and draw her near to you. Celebrate today and everyday, the holy name of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary … in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart … If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination.” –St. Bernard