so hollow is my cry to you
yet you hear, for no reason than
out of love
The statue of the Blessed Virgin rests to the side of the small Latin Mass altar. She is on the globe and her bare foot is standing on the neck of the serpent, right behind his head. His head is raised up, mouth wide, fangs dull white in the quiet light of the church. The master of lies has been slithering through the lives of men since ancient times, since being swept away, since failing the test. Look around. What times are these that we live in, where does not satan show his vile head? He is in our neighborhoods, in our government and even in our churches. Does he believe it is time for him to really raise his head, to come in for the kill?
All graces flow through Mary, our Mother. We must go to Her now more than ever before. Satan knows that too, more than anyone, and will confuse us in every way to make us think that She is irrelevant, that God is gone, Jesus is no more...
The dark one's final destination is Mary, who waits for the word from God to finish this epic battle. It is the ages old battle for souls, and the devil's hatred of God drives him to destroy us, since he cannot touch God. For us, it is our souls that are at stake, and always has been.
For even with my sandals on
trodding through deep snow
and my hood pulled up
to focus thoughts
the mind will wander
where only darkness waits.
And ideas that are blown like dust,
left behind when morning comes,
prayers and strength
to lead me to the Fount of Grace.