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The Virgin, preparing the final victory

From the homily of Cardinal Dias, legate of the Holy Father for the opening of the celebrations of the beginning of the Jubilee of the 150th anniversary of the Apparitions of Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, delivered yesterday (December 8, 2007):

As pilgrims assembled in the love of Christ, we wish to remember with gratitude and affection the apparitions which took place here in Lourdes in 1858. Together, we try to feel the palpitations of the maternal heart of our dear celestial Mom, to recall her words, and to listen to the message which she presents to us still today. ...

The message of the Virgin today

It may be asked: what significance may the message of Our Lady of Lourdes have for us today? ...

After her apparitions at Lourdes, the Holy Virgin has not ceased to manifest her great maternal concerns for the fate of mankind in her several apparitions worldwide. She has everywhere asked for prayers and penance for the conversion of sinners, for she predicted the spiritual ruin of certain nations, the sufferings that the Holy Father would face, the general weakening of the Christian faith, the difficulties of the Church, the rise of the Antichrist and of his attempts to replace God in the life of men, attempts which, despite their instant success, would nevertheless be destined to fail. Here, at Lourdes, as everywhere in the world, the Virgin Mary is weaving a enormous web of her spiritual sons and daughters in the whole world in order to launch a strong offensive against the forces of the Evil one, to lock him up and thus prepare the final victory of her divine Son, Jesus Christ.

The Virgin Mary invites us once again today to be a part of her combat legion against the forces of evil. As a sign of our participation at her offensive, she demands, among other things, the conversion of the heart, a great devotion to the Holy Eucharist, the daily recitation of the rosary, unceasing prayer without hypocrisy, the acceptance of sufferings for the salvation of the world. Those could seem to be small things, but they are powerful in the hands of God, to whom nothing is impossible. As the young David who, with a small stone and a sling, brought down the giant Goliath who came to meet him armed with a sword, a spear, and a shield (cf. 1 Sam 17,4-51), we will also, with the small beads of our rosary, be able to heroically face the assaults of our awesome adversary and defeat him.

The struggle between God and his enemy still takes place, even more so today than at the time of Bernadette, 150 years ago. Because the world finds itself stuck in the swamp of a secularism that wishes to create a world without God; of a relativism that stifles the permanent and unchangeable values of the Gospel; and of a religious indifference that remains undisturbed regarding the higher good of the matters of God and the Church. This battle makes innumerable victims within our families and among our young people. Some months before becoming Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Karol Woytjila said (November 9, 1976): "We are today before the greatest combat that mankind has ever seen. I do not believe that the Christian community has completely understood it. We are today before the final struggle between the Church and the Anti-Church, between the Gospel and the Anti-Gospel." One thing remains certain: the final victory belongs to God and that will happen thanks to Mary, the Woman of Genesis and of the Apocalypse, who will fight at the head of the army of her sons and daughters against the enemy forces of Satan and will crush the head of the serpent.

Tip: Andrea Tornielli; transcript: Le Forum Catholique


  1. Tarnation! That really says it, doesn't it?

  2. "The struggle between God and his enemy still takes place, even more so today than at the time..." in when today they wish us "Peace on earth good will towards men" WHICH MEN?! Only Holy Mother Catholic Church knows there is NO peace unless men are of GOOD will.


    There can be no peace,
    If not of good will.
    There can be no race
    For those who stand still.

    Only she, full of grace,
    Could share in the miracle,
    Anything less
    Would be sinful, satirical.

    To magnify
    Her soul prepared
    By God, her spirit -
    Never ensnared.

    “Blessed art thou…”
    Gabriel hailed,
    And at that moment
    The enemy railed,

    For he remembered,
    In the garden free,
    Between him and a woman
    God placed enmity.

    But, who the woman?
    God did not tell,
    Then Gabriel’s “Ave”
    Shook the depths of Hell.

    And Satan screamed,
    Turned on a wing,
    To offer some peace
    And will good to a King.

    “Yes, some peace.” Herod said,
    “And good will…
    I’ve a right to my reign,
    If some Innocents I kill!”

  3. Anonymous3:46 AM

    He didnt say "Mom" or more correctly "Mum". That is very disrespectful.
    He said "mother"

  4. Anonymous5:42 AM

    What about "Abba"--"daddy." Is that too disrespectful?

  5. He said, "maman"..., not "mère". We will keep it, dear Orthographer.

  6. Anonymous8:58 AM

    So you heard that "kewl" homily by that "kewl" relevant Rev Daddy Dude. Get on down bro! Well forget it... he was a hippy.

    Abba is father. We don't say Holy Daddy...or God the Daddy. If you were in a culture where English was your second language it might be forgiven. Oh you are... your America. English is your second language! You Americans just can't understand!!
    Its called respect...we are not all equal....dont going bringing the deity down to your level.
    Pater Noster = Our Father.

  7. Anonymous8:59 AM

    'Mum' is just great!
    What wonderful things are coming out of Rome these days! We should be praying and hoping for more of this.

  8. Anonymous9:19 PM

    Some months before becoming Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Karol Woytjila said (November 9, 1976): "We are today before the greatest combat that mankind has ever seen. I do not believe that the Christian community has completely understood it. We are today before the final struggle between the Church and the Anti-Church, between the Gospel and the Anti-Gospel."

    Too bad JP2 made it a habit of not taking sides, and of promoting the adherents of the latter Church almost universally.

  9. Anonymous10:01 PM

    How can it be that this Cardinal Dias was the same who erringly and scandalously lit adoration lights to the idol named Ganesha in his Indian episcopal see's "Hindu-Christian Dialogue Commission"? Is this really the same man?

    And how can Cardinal Wojtyla, John Paul II, ever said such a thing, when he himself created an Assisi ecumenist universalist Anti-Church against the Roman Catholic Church of all time? Or does he mean that the traditional Church is the anti-Church to the real "Vatican II illuminated" "Church of Christ in this new time"? Was JP II really this clear and traditionalist in language? How can this be? And why did he promote false ecumenism, liberalism (secularist constitutions) and interreligious uniatism with Hindus, Buddhists, Muslems and Talmudist Jews, then?

    The Vatican II structures and leading persons really seem to be Hegel'esque thesis, antithesis, synthesis type of thinkers. Confused and weird, harming the salvation of souls, and yet too subjectivist to be called formally heretic (materially many were heretical since 1965).....

  10. Anonymous5:34 PM

    Wojtyla allegedly said this before he got the "top job" to, I think an American audience.
    Cardial Dias is the legate at Lourdes so perhaps we hear Pope Benedict's thoughts here?

  11. Anonymous9:42 PM

    These are amazing words coming from Cardinal could almost be a speech given by a Cardinal before Vatican II !
    John Paul II was a puzzle in many ways. IN the beginning of his reign, he said enormously traditional things which caused the liberals to shake in their shoes in fear. This was for about the first 5-6 years of his reign.
    Then, from about 1986 onward, he became increasingly liberal and nearly radically ecumenical (which was a scandal and a disgrace).
    Pope Benedict XVI almost from the beginning of his reign, has repudiated much of what John Paul II did, said, and the direction He attempted to lead the Church. This is very good, for otherwise, the Church would have continued down the same wandering road towards extinction.
    We should thank God for Benedict XVI, and for his initiatives bringing the Tridentine Latin Mass back to full freedom, and other coming directives along the same line. Without it, the Church would be lost.

  12. Anonymous12:48 AM

    Yes exactly. I am happy the John Paul the Great rubbish has wained. He was a strong character and perhaps he too personalised the papacy.
    His writings are very long winded and imprecise.
    Pray for him.


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