When strong temptations are knocking at my door, I rebuke satan, in Jesus’ name, and turn to Our Lady…pray for us sinners now. I suppose one could think, but she was sinless, what does she know about sin? Nothing, but I imagine she knows a great deal about temptation. I can’t imagine satan leaving her alone, this unblemished lamb, innocent, wholly devoted to God. Even before she was known to the devil, as the Mother of God, he who couldn’t resist himself, would be tormented by one, who didn’t even glance his way. Before satan knew she was the Theotokos (Mother of God), her life had to torment him. Imagine his hatred for Our Lady after the Crucifixion, when he realized who she is. He tempted Christ; he surely tempted Mother Mary…”God has died in the flesh, and hell trembles with fear” (from an ancient homily on Holy Saturday). I imagine with her, he was his most cunning, relentless and evil. So it is, if I need someone on my side, I want the pro. Our Creator chose Mary to resist the temptations of satan, so much so that She was His choice to carry Christ within her womb, and hold Him in death. She raised Him to adulthood. He was tortured, disgraced and misunderstood, and Mary, His mother, was present to it all, but without sin. She watched her son through all of this, without sin. I’d say if God trusted Mary, to remain sinless, then she would be the one to look to, when temptation strikes.
“So long as she (Blessed Mother) is in your mind, you are safe from deception.” – Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
Pray for us O Holy Mother of God that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.