Today is a very special day. September 8th is the Birthday of the Mother of God!
Mary is a powerful ally in the spiritual battle and our spiritual mother! Demons flee when she shows up and she goes to war for her children. Her perfect obedience and faith undid the death that Eve caused at the suggestion of Satan in that garden. A spiritual devotion to Mary is needed in this war.
Mary is the distinguished and bright shining Star, lifted up above this great broad sea, gleaming with merits, giving light by her example. if you're caught between storms and tempests, tossed about in the flood of this world, instead of walking on dry land, keep your eyes fixed on the glow of this Star, unless you want to perish, over-whelmed by the tempest! If the winds of temptations surge, if you run aground on the shoals of troubles, look to this Star, call upon Mary! if you're tossed by the winds of pride or ambition or detraction or jealousy, look to this Star, call upon Mary!
If anger or greed or the allurements of the flesh dash against the boat of your mind, look to Mary! And if you're troubled by the enormity of your sins, ashamed by the foulness of your conscience, terrified by the horror of Judgement Day, so that you begin to be swallowed up i the pit of sadness, the abyss of despair- think of Mary!
In dangers , in straits, in perplexity, thing of Mary, call upon Mary. Let her name be always in your mouth and in your heart. And if you would ask for and obtain the help of her prayers, don't forget the example of how she lived.
If you follow her, you won't go astray. If you pray to her, you won't despair. If you think of her, you won't be lost. If you cling to her, you won't fall. If she protects you, you won't fear. If she's your guide, you won't grow weary. If shes favorable to you, you'll reach your goal.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
I came home from Iraq in 2010 at the age of just 20 years old. like many of my generation, I struggled for years with trying to find my place in the world (sometimes with disastrous consequences). I often felt restless and that everything I was ever going to do paled in comparison to the war I had just been a part of. Oh how wrong I was. The Lord in all of his mercy woke me up to the fact that the most important battle I will ever fight is one that can't always be seen; The one for my soul and for the souls around me. It is against powers and principalities who influence the earthly enemies I had just encountered. Over the last 5 years or so, I have become intimately aware of this battle, and more importantly how to fight it! Although the weapons are different, the concepts are the same. My mission is now to share my knowledge with others, especially my fellow combat veterans who are struggling in the midsts of dysfunction or an identity crisis. I assure you brothers and sisters, we are in the fight of our lives.