20 May 2009

Help Of Christians

Our Help Against Temptation

Sinners as we are, we are exposed to violent and repeated temptations. The more we have sinned, the more power Satan has over us; and as the implacable enemy of our souls, he has no greater wish than to see us one day share in his torments. To that end , he exercises all his infernal malice in order to encompass our ruin. How can we escape from his wiles without powerful aid? Ever since Mary crushed the proud head of the accursed serpent beneath her feet, she has, it is certain, a command over him in virtue of which she is able to free her children from danger. This is why she has been given the consoling title of Auxilium Christianorum – Help of Christians. But can we expect her to use her power on our behalf if we do not call on her? How profitable, then, it is for us to invoke this great Queen frequently, in order to triumph over the temptations of the devil. ~ Dom Louis Rouvier: Novena for Festivals of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The powers of darkness melt away like wax in the warmth of the fire, when they meet anyone who keeps Mary in remembrance and is in the habit of calling on her, and is zealous in imitating her. ~ Saint Bonaventure

A Carthusian Nun’s Encounter

Blessed Beatrix d’Ornacieux was once seized with a feeling of terror after a violent assault of the devil, which prudence, however, enabled her to turn to good account. For, turning to her divine Spouse, she cried: “It is for love of You, my Lord, that I am suffering and continually on the point of being slaughtered like a sheep. Deign, I beg You, to bestow a glance upon Your servant; do not cast me off forever from Your Presence.” Hardly had she ended her prayer when she saw a young woman of about fifteen years of age, surrounded by a brilliant light, wonderfully beautiful and majestic in bearing, who said to her: “My daughter, fear nothing, I am Mary. By the power of the Most High I keep you under my protection and hold you close to my side, far beyond the reach of evil.” And she disappeared. ~ Le Mois de Marie