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February 28, 2017
What got me thinking about these things was a book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. The book is the guide used in the 33 day retreat aimed at total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who always points to Christ. It is a devotional exercise that concentrates on four Saints of the Militia Immaculata who consecrated themselves to Mary: Louis de Montfort, Maximilian Colby, Mother Teresa and John Paul II. At the end of the 33 days, devotees pray the Consecration Prayer and join the Milita Immaculata.
What does that have to do with Satan's blind rage against The Woman?
We the living exist in time, which is a continuum with a beginning and an end, in which things happen in a progression of cause and effect. The Saints in Heaven, with God, exist in Eternity, which has no beginning or end, and in which past, present and future are all "present" in the current moment, which never ends.
I kind of sort of knew that, but never gave it any deep thought, knowing that there are mysteries and parts of mysteries that are beyond human understanding, and certainly beyond my understanding. I just accepted it and didn't think much about it. Somehow, this book opened my eyes just a little more.
Satan lost his war in Heaven, due to the action of St. Michael and his host of angels. And that was well enough; it was a real war between real angels, Satan lost, and was cast down from Heaven to Earth, to war against Humanity. Against the good in human souls.
And yet, viewed from Heaven-time, in which both past and future are present, the war is over. Satan lost. God won. We know that Christ - the seed of the woman - is victorious over Satan. However, Satan, who is fully aware of Eternal Time, knew that he was defeated by Mary's Fiat; the moment she said "Let it be done unto me according to thy Word", that completely free will choice of Mary, allowed the Mystery of the Incarnation to come about. She could have said something else, but she didn't.
So, in the Heavenly war, Satan and his angels were defeated in battle by Michael and his angels, and that's bad enough. But here, in this earthly war against humanity, Satan is defeated by a little girl. Just a little girl, who couldn't have been more than 14 years old, and she defeated mighty Satan.
Satan couldn't be more humiliated. His most grievous sin is towering pride, and here he is, totally undone by this nothing, nobody little girl.
If you look at it in worldly time, Satan will be defeated by the seed of the woman. But if you look at it in Heavenly time, Satan is already defeated, by the woman herself.
It must be remembered that this Eternal Time concept, this all knowing, Omniscience of God, may be a predestination of knowledge, but not a predestination of action. Free Will is always present, and not controlled. The fact that God knows all, past present and future, does not mean that God causes all. Matter originates with God, true enough; but He does not control our free will. Else we could not love him, without the free will to do it. Or not.
This may not be a big deal to you, but it is an eye opener for me, and I thought I would share it. Satan is already toast, thanks to Mary.
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Date: Tue Feb 28 07:58:21 2017
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God bless you for sharing this with us.
Date: Tue Feb 28 2017
From: Vic Biorseth
Thank you Mrs., and my your blessing redound unto you and yours.
Date: Wed Mar 22 10:45:44 2017
Location: southern WI
In the Magnificat (Luke 1), Mary says, in part: "All generations shall call me blessed."
Now think of all the denominations which have splintered off the true Church who do not dare to even mention Mary, except maybe at Christmas! Luther's rebellion was not the sole cause; he reverenced the Blessed Mother. But his man-made doctrine of Sola Scriptura (that the Bible alone is the sole rule of faith, and not Bible + Sacred Tradition), caused many to pick and choose what scriptures they would use and thus corrupt the Deposit of Faith as handed down through Christ and the Apostles. This is why Catholics must be ready to defend their faith, as it says in 1 Peter 3:15:
Date: Thu Mar 23 2017
From: Vic Biorseth
Yes, it's all about Authority, cursed by Satan (and the Left), blessed by God (and the Constitution). The three pillars of Church Authority are Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Living Magisterium. All are equal in Authority; none alone can suffice; no two together can stand without the third; all are absolutely necessary.
Sacred Tradition, or Large T Tradition, is the unchanged teaching of our Lord and His chosen Apostles, held in the unchanging Depositum Fide, backed up through the centuries by unanimous teaching of the Church Fathers, the Councils and the Popes.
The Living Magisterium is the Bishops and the Popes in the unbroken line of succession from Peter and the original Apostles, representing the oldest continuously existing human institution in all of world history, as shown by the historical unbroken line of Papal Succession.
Luther's Sola Scriptura broke that authority. If every man is his own authority, then there is no such thing as "authority" properly understood. That's why Protestantism has 40,000 + denominations, with more being born every day. One man's interpretation becomes a new denomination and another "church".
Scripture itself refutes Sola Scriptura, and Sola Fide.
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