The Legion of Mary, the force will defeat Satan and all of his associates
THE LEGION OF MARY, THE FORCE WILL DEFEAT SATAN
Once upon a time when Satan under his cover is the Serpent in the garden of Eden, lured and tempted Eva and Adam in the eating the forbidden Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, which God did not permit them to eat. They saw themselves naked and hiding from the sight of God. God asked them about what they have done, Adam blamed Eva, and Eva blamed the Serpent. God cursed the snake and God said; “ There is a woman who will crust your head and you will try to bite her heel. You will only move by your belly and will eat dust in all of your life“
The woman God mentioned above is Mary, the mother of Jesus, God the Son.
Mary in the village of Nazareth 2010 years ago, when she said YES to the Angel Gabriel, and immediately The Word became Flesh and borned in her womb. She agreed to co-operate with Jesus in the plan of God’s salvation for us; she crushed the head of Satan and all of his associates, and brought us back to God’s Love again.
In the Catholics Churches today, there is The Legion of Mary which is a huge lay apostolate organization with over 10 million members around the world, they followed the work and the footstep of Mary as said:
“The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation, under ecclesiastical guidance, in Mary's and the Church's Evangelizing work of crushing the head of the serpent and advancing the reign of Christ.” The Pope John Paul II talked about The Legion of Mary on 1982:
“Yours is an eminently Marian spirituality, not only because the Legion glories in carrying Mary’s name as its unfurled banner, but above all because it bases its methods of spirituality and apostolate on the dynamic principle of union with Mary, on the truth of the intimate participation of the Virgin Mary in the plan of salvation. In other words you intend to render your service to every person, who is the image of Christ, with the spirit and the solicitude of Mary.”
Each member of The Legion of Mary quietly fought a fierce battle everyday with Satan and all of his associates, under the guidance of Mary, to bring many people back to God. Their charities works were very humble and quiet, but very efficient and effective works. For some example, we can look at one of Asian country, Korea which Catholics Church only has existed 100 years ago..
There is possibly no country in the world that has a Legion of Mary as active and as large as the Korean Legion of Mary.The Legion is the largest lay Catholic group in the Korean Church with about 300,000 active members and about a similar number of auxiliaries, and over 30,000 Presidia ( individual groups). There are very few parishes without a Legion.
The Legion of Mary is the most successful lay apostolic group in the Korean Catholic Church. It has made a tremendous contribution to Church development. It has helped Catholics mature in their faith, motivated them to participate in the work of the Church, gave them a taste for small group activity, helped them to understand the life of prayer and gave them a desire for learning and motivation to improve their life of Faith.
A chaplain for the Legion is quoted as saying that: " we can't think of the Korean Catholic Church without the Legion of Mary, and Korean lay Catholics' spirituality can naturally be thought of as the spirituality of the Legion of Mary."