Yesterday, I wrote about the excellent book, Evidence of Satan In the Modern World, by Leon Cristiani.
In 1853, one year before the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, a possessed man by the name of Antoine Gay was taken to Ars to see if a devil by the name of Isacaron could be expelled from him.
The incredible words that God forced Isacaron to speak really impressed me. Devils, who are liars, sometimes are forced by God to speak the truth. These words spoken involuntarily by Isacaron can help one to have a greater understanding of the immense importance of Our Lady.
One day at Ars, Antoine was found kneeling with arms outstretched in the form of a cross, before a statue of Our Lady . Through the mouth of the possessed man, the devil Isacaron spoke the following words:
"O Mary, Mary, masterpiece of God's handiwork: God has made nothing greater than Thee!
Incomparable creation, admiration of all the heavenly host! All honour Thee, obey Thee and acknowledge Thee as Mother of the Creator. Thou art raised above the angels and above all the court of heaven: Thou art seated near to God, Thou art the Temple of Deity, Thou hast carried in Thy womb all that is strongest and greatest and most powerful and most loving!
Mary, Thou has received in Thy Virginal Womb Him Who created Thee, Thou art Virgin and Mother, there is none to be compared with Thee. After God, Thou art the greatest; Thou art the Strong Woman, there is more glory to God in Thee than in the heavenly host.
In Thee there has been no stain, anathema be they that deny that Thou art Virgin and Mother; Thou wast conceived without sin, Thou art Immaculate!
I praise Thee, O Mary, but all my praises of Thee ascend unto God, the author of all good. After the Sacred Heart of Jesus there is no heart to be compared with Thine. O loving Heart! O tender Heart! Thou wilt not abandon even the most thankless or the most guilty of mortals. Thy heart is overflowing with kindness, even to the unfortunate who merit chastisement alone, yet Thou obtainest for them grace and compassion: the worst of sinners is converted by Thee!
O, if all the inhabitants of the earth should know Thee! If they could understand Thy tenderness, Thy power, Thy goodness, not one of them should perish! All that turn to Thee in trust and hope and pray to Thee continually, whatever their state may be, Thou wilt save them, Thou wilt bless them eternally."
The devil Isacaron was forced to proclaim these truths about Our Lady. He acknowledged what we who are baptized as Catholics should much more strongly believe. Do we believe all of the above with heartfelt conviction?
Do we recognize that Our Lady is raised above all of the heavenly court? Do we really believe that God created nothing greater than Our Lady?
Do we have complete confidence in the mercies of Our Lady, or do we despair, not only of our own forgiveness or of the forgiveness of others steeped in sin? "The worst of sinners is converted by Thee!"
If we love Our Lady as we should and if we pray and do apostolate with others such as with the public square rosary as we should, we could help fulfill the statement that, "not one of them should perish."
May the above words help us to turn to Our Lady in trust and hope and in prayer, so that whatever our state should be, Mary will save us.