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Being A Warrior For Mary – Guest Post!

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[Editor's Note: Have you noticed an prevailing culture of inaction in our generation? We excuse our fears behind a pretext of perpetual discernment when in actuality we are too afraid to either truly discern or act. A spirit of action is especially attractive and inspiring in men of God, and is desperately needed in the world today. My friend Rocco shares about why a devotion to Mary can ignite a fire in our souls to fight every day for our holiness.]

by Rocco Ambrosio

I’m a fighter. I’m a warrior. I charge into battle every single day. I charge because if I don’t I will be tossed carelessly into the fray. I fight in the battle that we all face, every day whether we know it, or like it…or not. This daily battle is the war of our lives…it is the war for our most prized “possession”…our souls.

How fortunate are we to have a say about who wins. We get to pick sides; we get to fight for our own soul. I write in very active terms because I think of this war in very active terms because the truth of the situation is that this war is VERY real. Those who choose not to acknowledge it are doing themselves a disservice; the enemy is playing them. I know I don’t want to be used by the enemy. I want a say-so. If I am not charging, then I am being attacked. What is that saying? The best defense is a good offense…yep, I think that’s it. That is oh-so-true for this spiritual war.

There was a time when I didn’t understand this battle. I was passive, and I didn’t see the two sides warring over me. I didn’t see that the enemy was wearing me down due to my passivity. I didn’t know this until I go to know my Warrior Queen – Mary. Yep, Mary the Mother of Our God is the most badass warrior there it. Satan (who is very real by the way) hates Mary as she is a “mere” human, but she is powerful beyond comprehension because of God. She is more powerful than the devil can every be.

I follow Mary into battle daily and implore her protection…remembering of course that her strength is ultimately due to Jesus Christ. All power and praise goes back to God. God has made Mary as the New Eve and has given her great honor and power. She is the queen of His army. I fight as a soldier under her command. Each day I take up my sword in the Rosary and dawn my armor in the consecration.

I didn’t see that the enemy was wearing me down due to my passivity.

The essence of my spirituality is based on a total gift of self to Mary. I have consecrated myself to her for Him. All that I do I ask Mary to offer as a gift to her Son in order that He may receive the greatest glory possible by my actions.

As the Queen of His army and His most devoted and dedicated disciple Mary has taught me a warrior spirit. Or rather, she has helped to transform the drive that I have as a man into a spirit that fights for God. As a man there is something ingrained in me that makes me a fighter, a protector, a warrior, a servant. Mary has trained that drive and formed me. It was a long process to get to be this warrior charging from her army. It all started with total consecration to Jesus through Mary. Once I made that leap of faith and gave myself to her I was well on my way (not without many struggles). The next thing Mary did for me was fill my heart with a love of the Rosary and an understanding that the Rosary is a most powerful weapon. It is my sword. Saying the rosary daily has changed me. It has made me stronger. Through it I give glory to God and thus beat back Satan a little more.

We must jump into the fray. We must be active. But it is not enough to simply talk or think in pretty and exciting terms. We must take achievable steps. Jump into the battle. Pray the rosary every day. Consecrate yourself to Mary. Read the works of Ss. Maximilian Kolbe, Louis de Montfort, or Pope John Paul II. Take action. Fight for your soul and the salvation of others.

Mary is all good. She is the most perfect Queen. As the most perfect Queen she will take care of and watch over her own. I know she wraps me in her mantel when I let her. I know she takes care of me. She will take care of you too. Be her warrior.

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  • Teresa

    Great sentiment, but I’ve got speak up here and ask you to use respectful words when describing the Blessed Virgin Mary. I don’t think “bad***” is quite where it should be…I get what you’re saying, and I know you’re just conveying your zeal, but again, respectful words would have sufficed.

    Other than that, way to go, good for you, I hope you inspire many!

    • Rocco

      Hi Teresa,

      I’m pumped that you appreciate the gist of the article. I’m curious what “respectful words” you would have chosen to use in order to convey the same sentiment.