Upon Second Thought…

This one is for my Christian and especially Catholic readers. I may have come off as too pessimistic and almost despairing. That’s not the right attitude here.

http://www.andrewgrahamdixon.com/archive/readArticle/257, via Wikipedia.

There are legions of angels, flaming swords drawn, ready to fight this fight, which is clearly not of flesh and blood. God, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, does not expect us fragile, weak humans to stand alone against demonic forces – humility, let alone sanity, demands we seek help.

Blessed Be the Host of the King of Heaven, a Russian icon from the 1550s, via Wikipedia

There’s help. We have to ask, and get out of the way, and do whatever small part we are called upon to do.

After first asking Our Father to remember His promise of mercy, the promise he made to Abraham and we, his children, forever, and beg Him not to remember our sins -for who could stand? – we can then ask for the help of those beings which were given by God the task of protecting us.

First and foremost, that would be Mary, Queen of the Angels, their holy commander and the one, after only Christ Himself, most feared by Satan.

How to Crush a Serpent – TTC
That would be Mary’s foot pinning the serpent’s head, with, I think, Jesus’s foot on top to finish the job.

My son looked over my shoulder as I looked for images, he liked this one a lot:

More teamwork.

Next up would be my patron, St. Joseph, given the job of protecting Christ and His Mother:

St. Joseph, Terror of Demons.

He followed orders, did what he was told to do: take Mary into his home, flee to Egypt from Herod with her and her Child, return with them to the Holy Land once safe, then spend the rest of his life providing and caring for them.

And the Gospels do not record a single word he said. He is called Terror of Demons: what could be more terrifying than a guy with Jesus in his arms and Mary at his side?

St. Joseph, Terror of Demons
©Cecilia Lawrence
May 16th 2019
11×14 inches
My apologies to the artist for using without permission, too good to pass up. You can find/purchase prints here: https://www.shopmercy.org/st-joseph-terror-of-demons-10-x-18-canvas-print-3399.html. I’m putting one on my wish list.

Therefore, I resolve to keep this image in mind:

God has sent His legions to protect and defend us; Mary, their Queen, with St. Joseph on her right and St. Michael on her left, leading countless legions of angels, flaming swords drawn, as they descend to save us from the clearly diabolical situation we find ourselves.

And we must be humble, keep our focus, and follow orders. The first order: pray without ceasing.

Lord, have mercy!

Christ, have mercy!

Lord, have mercy!

Beloved Mother Mary, whose humble ‘Yes’ brought Emmanuel, God Among Us, Queen of the Angels, Crusher of the serpents head, lead your legions to save us!

St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, defend and protect us! Pray that we have the grace to follow your holy example, and be humble, brave, and obedient to God’s word to us.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, cast into Hell Satan, and all evil spirits that prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls!

Amen.

Author: Joseph Moore

Enough with the smarty-pants Dante quote. Just some opinionated blogger dude.

6 thoughts on “Upon Second Thought…”

  1. When St. Catherine Labouré was on her deathbed, she requested that the 63 litanic titles of Our Lady from the Office of the Immaculate Conception be recited by 63 children but on December 31st, the orphans under the sisters’ care had all been dispersed to host families so the sisters themselves recited the invocations. The Saint had asked that the eighteenth title be emphasised so the sisters repeated it three times. That title is ‘Terror of demons.’

    I remember reading that during the fourth apparition at Lourdes, a fierce, invisible clamor arose as if from the river Gave, like a town on market day with the braying and squealing of animals and harsh human voices saying ‘Flee! Get away from here!’ Our Lady momentarily glanced in the direction of the disturbance…and there was absolute silence.

    Terror of demons, pray for us!

    Queen of Angels, pray for us!

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