How and why Mary really can help us
I’m a practical person. I need to understand Mary’s ability to help. Here’s a simple explanation of who she is for us today:
Is Jesus Prince of Peace and King of Kings? Yes.
Then who is the Queen Mother? Mary of course.
Does a queen have authority? Indeed yes.
How does a good queen use her authority? By helping everyone in the kingdom any way she can.
When Mary passed away and went to heaven, did she lose her authority as queen? Of course not, because she is still the mother of Jesus who is still the King of Kings.
Then what does she do with that authority? Does she just float idly on a cloud while her Son does all the work? No of course not. She is still Mary our Queen — the Queen Mother to all of us who are brothers and sisters of Christ our Savior. And she continually serves God as a good queen using her authority to do good for those under her care.
As a good queen, she helps us in our relationship with the King. She fights along side us in our battles against the villains who want to hurt our relationship with the King. She crushes the enemy by wielding her authority (fulfilling God’s promise of Genesis 3:15).
I’m reading a book by Fr. Gabriele Amorth, who was the Vatican’s chief exorcist for many years until his passing, entitled “An Exorcist Explains the Demonic”. In it he reports that demons fear Mary so much they won’t even say her name. During exorcisms, just a glance from Mary was all it took to send them fleeing.
Therefore, my battle cry has become:
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, defeater of Satan, crushing the head of the serpent beneath your heel, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Venerable Pope Pius XII