Satan hates the Blessed Virgin Mary. For two millennia, in fact, he does everything in his power to discourage devotion to her and instill hatred of her.
Have you ever noticed that it is the Marian dogmas and devotions that arouse the strongest reactions in those who reject the Church? Even some good Catholics are embarrassed by devotion to our Lady, and think that we should not be too extreme in her veneration.
Perhaps you have also wondered why the Church holds the Immaculate Virgin in such great consideration. Perhaps you wondered why God decided to use it in the work of redemption. Today I would like to analyze a little about why the devil hates the Blessed Virgin so much, and why we should be her faithful knights.
Mirjana Medjugorje Visionary: “The devil, she warned, prowls around us and sets traps. He tries to divide and confuse us so that we will detest ourselves and abandon ourselves to him. An invisible war rages all around us, but Our Lady is here to help us win.” Mirjana, in her book unequivocally speaks about the truth of Satan:“Although I rarely speak about the devil, I can tell you with certainty that he exists,” writes the visionary. “I saw him once. All I will say is that it was the most terrifying experience of my life, but love drove him away. In that moment, I learned that nothing in this world compares to his ugliness and his hatred for God — but unlike God’s power, his is limited.”
HE WILL SHOW YOUR HEAD
The scene is the garden of Eden. The characters are God, the snake, Adam and Eve. The devil smirks in triumph. He has just deceived Eve, and also Adam through her. He is proud of himself. One can almost feel the demonic pride in destruction because it has managed to ruin the divine work of creation and has dragged human beings – for whom God has a special love – into death and misery.
God appeared on the scene to bring order, declaring the tragic misfortune derived from sin, but also to proclaim the the Gospel and the fate of the devil.
God begins by addressing Satan, telling him that he will eat dust for the rest of his days. Then he reveals something that horrifies Satan – his definitive defeat will come at the hands of a woman.
I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your race and its lineage: this will crush your head and you will inside your heel (Genesis 3:15)
Scholars argue that the pronoun in the sentence – “This will crush your head” – be it masculine or feminine, that is, if you refer to the Virgin Mary or Jesus Christ, but I will reveal a little secret: it does not matter. Jesus will crush Satan through Mary. She is the instrument that Jesus wields when he destroys his ancient enemy.
Taking this into account, it is legitimate to say “he will crush your head” just as it is legitimate to say “she will crush your head”.It’s a little ‘say to an armed assailant “Another step and I’ll shoot you” and “Another step and my 44 magnum will make you fly away”. Both are true statements.
Why then being defeated by Mary hurts the devil so much? Because God wants to use Mary to defeat Satan. I’ll explain it to you.
“THE POWERFUL OF THE THRONE …”
The devil hates, I mean that he resists the idea that his final defeat will come at the hands of a humble handmaid. In a certain way, his proud heart could bear the fact of being defeated by God himself because he is omnipotent, but being crushed by a little girl from Nazareth? The thought is completely humiliating. It drives him crazy. Because if there is one thing that the most proud creature of all creation hates is to be humiliated.
Satan considers this defeat by the humiliating Virgin Mary because she is a woman, and women are the weaker sex (1 Peter 3: 7), and he despises weakness. He loves nothing more than to see women abused, degraded and reduced to an object. Not to mention the fact that the Blessed Virgin is human, and Satan hates humans because we have a body, and he is a pure spirit who thinks the bodies are disgusting. But there is another deeper reason for the fact that Satan hates being defeated by Mary: she is his substitute in heaven.
Originally, Lucifer was the best result of God. He was more beautiful, more powerful than all the other creatures of God. And as we all know, this gave him to the head. He was so splendid, so powerful, that he really thought he could be better than God. The characteristic features of Satan are the pride and envy of the Almighty.
And what are the characteristics of the Madonna? First of all, she is extremely humble. It is in fact the humblest creature that has ever existed. For every ounce of pride the demon has, Mary has twice as much humility. For every bit of bitter and hate envy in the black heart of Satan, Mary’s heart is full of double praise, adoration and love. For every morsel of perverse and destructive depravity in the soul of the devil, Mary’s heart is full of purity and fecundity. And by grace, God made her the most exquisite and most glorious creature in the whole universe – the title the devil claimed.
In any case, the Immaculate is the exact opposite of Satan. In any case, she is his substitute, and he knows it. This divine exchange of Satan with Mary is revealed in the hymn of praise of Our Lady, the Magnificat:
My soul magnifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
because he looked at the humility of his servant.
From now on all generations
they will call me blessed.
The Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his name:
his mercy from generation to generation
it lies on those who fear it.
He explained the power of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
has overthrown the powerful from the thrones,
he raised the humble;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
he sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has helped Israel, his servant,
remembering his mercy,
as he had promised our fathers,
to Abraham and his descendants, forever.
The worst thing for Satan is that his substitute in heaven is none other than the mother of the Eternal Word, Jesus Christ, whose passion and death have redeemed the humanity that he has done so much to destroy. His “yes” to God has repaired Eve’s disobedience, paving the way for the saving work of the New Adam. The true weakness of Eve that Satan has so despised was replaced by the humble obedience of Mary, an obedience to the will of God that made her powerful beyond all limits.