From the heavenly perspective, Our Lady tells us simply and clearly about what is happening on earth, “Do not forget that Satan is strong and that he wants to attract all the more souls to himself.” She gives us three means of resisting him – prayer, good works and Her motherly blessing.
When She calls us to personal prayer, it certainly includes the prayer of the rosary. She said: “I give you the most powerful weapon against Satan.” In times of restlessness, fear, temptation, She places the rosary in our hands. „With the rosary you shall overcome all the adversities which Satan is trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. All you priests, pray the Rosary! Dedicate your time to the Rosary!“ (June 25, 1985).
„Do not be afraid. If you pray, Satan cannot injure you even a little bit because you are God’s children and He is watching over you. Pray and let the rosary always be in your hand as a sign to Satan that you belong to me.“ (February 25, 1988). „When you are tired and sick and you do not know the meaning of your life, take the Rosary and pray; pray until prayer becomes for you a joyful meeting with your Savior.“ (April 25, 2001). „Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him!“ (August 8, 1985). „Pray that you can be apostles of the divine light in this time of darkness and hopelessness. This is a time of your trial. With a rosary in hand and love in the heart set out with me.“ (March 2, 2012).
The second means is: be resolute in the good. We are daily confronted with growing tensions. The danger of sickness and war is in the air. We so easily slip and join the nervous crowd. Our human nature is more inclined to evil than to good. That is who we are. Our Lady calls us, as Jesus did in the Gospel, to respond to evil with good: “To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.” (Luke 6:29).
St. Peter writes: “The end of all things is at hand. Therefore, be serious and sober for prayers. Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Petr 4:7-8).
To be able to be good, we need to befriend the One who is the only Good. It is personal prayer to look at Jesus’ example, to be saturated with his word. Our Lady Mary was the best one to follow him on earth. Let us listen to her motherly advice in her messages. On July 31, 1986, she told us: „Let your only instrument always be love. By love turn everything into good which Satan desires to destroy and possess. Only that way shall you be completely mine and I shall be able to help you.“ „… I am calling you to be courageous and to not grow weary, because even the smallest good—the smallest sign of love—conquers evil which is all the more visible. My children, listen to me so that good may overcome…“ (October 2, 2018). „These days are the days when you need to decide for God, for peace and for the good. May every hatred and jealousy disappear from your life and your thoughts, and may there only dwell love for God and for your neighbor.“ (January 25, 1993). „Little children, tell everyone, I want the good for you and he will respond with the good and, little children, good will come to dwell in the heart of each man.“ (December 25, 1997). „Today I call you to pray in a special way that you offer up sacrifices and good deeds for peace in the world. Satan is strong and with all his strength, desires to destroy the peace which comes from God.“ (October 25, 1990).
The third means of our protection against the work of Satan is Our Lady’s closeness and Her motherly blessing. The visionaries witness to us that Our Lady always comes joyous and happy because She is permitted to come and defend us. Whenever we consecrate ourselves to Her we find ourselves under Her outstretched hands that bless and protect us. She is the one through whom triumph will come. Those who take refuge under her protection will never be disappointed. This is what the Church teaches us in the words of the prayer, “Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that it is a thing unheard of that anyone who had recourse to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left forsaken“.
The multitudes of saints in Heaven and the many pilgrims who have journeyed to Medjugorje and taken refuge in Her Immaculate Heart bear witness to Her mighty protection. When we draw near to Our Lady, good triumphs over evil.
Let us pray: Let us entrust ourselves to Her protection with the prayer of St. John Bosco: “O Mary, most powerful Virgin, great and illustrious defender of the Church, wonderful Help of Christians, formidable as an army in battle array, you who alone have overcome every heresy in the world, in our anguish, in our combats, in our difficulties, defend us from the enemy, and at the hour of our death receive our souls into Paradise. Amen.”