God will provide the final victory in due course and by mysterious means. The former prince of this world will no longer be able to dominate as before; Satan’s attempts, although they cause much evil, will never obtain the supreme triumph.
Voice of the Popes
Fully associated with the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death, the Immaculate Virgin is in the centre of the Church. Mary helps us to see a light beyond the blanket of thick fog which seems to cover reality.
The effort of the human mind – Aquinas reminds us with his own life – is always illumined by prayer, by the light that comes from on high. Only those who live with God and with His mysteries can also understand what they say to us.
Crowning the statue of Our Lady, you have made a pledge of filial and constant correspondence to her love. You have done more: you have enlisted crusaders for the conquest of her Reign, which is the Reign of God. And in this struggle there can be no neutral or undecided parties.
In the Bull declaring the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, Pius IX extols the countless virtues and privileges of Our Lady, aware that nothing is sufficient to exalt Her who is superior to all human and angelic praise.
He who in his preaching neglects to lead men to a fuller knowledge of God may be called an idle declaimer, but not a preacher of the Gospel. He may receive the applause of the uninstructed, but will not escape the stern judgement of Christ.