Marian consecration is a battle cry against Satan

By Barb Ernster –

Father Mitch Pacwa was the keynote speaker at the Living Fatima conference, Oct. 13-14, 2017. Photo by Peter Riedel.

The centennial year of Fatima placed a spotlight on one of the key messages of Our Lady, “God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” Parishes, dioceses, organizations and thousands of people across the country responded to the Fatima Jubilee by making a consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

During the Living Fatima conference in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, Oct. 13-14, Father Mitch Pacwa told the 600 people gathered there, “Consecration to Our Lady is not about making us really nice. Consecration to Our Lord through consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary includes a theme that has been pretty much put in the background – namely the role of Christian combat. And Our Lady is very much part of that combat, on lots of different levels. We need to be about that kind of combat.”

He explained further that this combat is against evil, deception and unrighteousness. “If we choose to be consecrated to Our Lord through the Blessed Virgin Mary, then we will also have to take on this aspect that we, too, will be called into combat, just as the little children at Fatima were called to do. They were invited, were they not? ‘You’ll suffer much. Are you willing to do that?’ And they said, ‘yes,’ and they didn’t realize what that was going to mean, but they found out–because combat is hard.”

Jesus shows us how to combat evil

Catholics from the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Montana, made a consecration to the Immaculate Heart on Oct. 13, 2017, in union with Bishop Michael Warfel, who re-consecrated the diocese. Photo by Peter Riedel

After Jesus’ encounter with John the Baptist at His baptism in the Jordan River, He was immediately led into one-on-one spiritual combat with Satan, and it is the Holy Spirit who leads Him into the desert in order to be tempted.

 

“That’s the reality that explains the petition in the Lord’s Prayer, ‘lead us not into temptation.’ A lot of people will say, ‘Oh, God would never tempt us would he?’ No, He won’t, but will He lead you into situations where you will be tempted? Yes, He will,” said Pacwa.

Why does He do that? Pacwa explained that even the best general wants his soldiers cared for and protected, but when there is war, he leads them into battle, even though there is a risk of dying or being wounded.

“A good general doesn’t stay behind and say, ‘They might get hurt.’ No, he doesn’t think that way; he thinks, ‘We have to win this battle,’ and takes them into it,” Pacwa told the crowd.

Similarly with Jesus, the Holy Spirit leads Him into that battle to take on Satan and fight against him, and Jesus refutes each of Satan’s temptations by citing Scripture—the two-edged sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

This one-on-one combat with Satan is also undertaken at the end of the New Testament in Revelations 12, the encounter with the huge red dragon who first seeks to devour the child who is born.  This represents all of Jesus’ earthly ministry, but He is taken up to heaven, so the dragon goes after the woman clothed with the sun with a crown of 12 stars. And when she is taken away and protected from him, he goes after her children, which is us.

“The three-star and four-star generals that we were taught to admire in World War II history are peanuts compared to Our Lady, who is a 12-star general. And this consecration to our 12-star general is going to get us involved in that conflict against evil, and we have to have a clear sense of turning away from it.  So this is a battle cry,” Pacwa stated. “That’s why our baptismal vows that we renew every Easter in the Roman Rite and in each year of our lives, is important.

“Do you reject Satan? Yes! That’s going to get you into combat.”

This article appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Soul Magazine.

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