December 8, 2015: A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family!

December 8, 2015:
A Declaration of War Against Satan to Save the Christian Family!

Have you ever wondered the peculiar “coincidence” that the beginning and end of World War II began and ended on the two great Marian feasts that bookend Mary’s role in Salvation History? On the eve of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 7 December 1941, the United States endured the “surprise” attack from the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. The next day, December 8, President Roosevelt proclaimed that day to be “a day that will live in infamy” and Congress gave its approval to go to war against Japan (and only days later that declaration included Germany and Italy). Fast forward to the eve of the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary (the consequence of Mary’s Immaculate Conception), 14 August 1945, and you have the announcement to US commanders of the surrender of the Japanese with V-J Day celebrated in the United States on August 15, when that surrender was announced to the world.

Add to this Marian and Immaculate Conception milieu the United States involvement in World War II, the unique and significant history that the Catholic Church in the U.S. has with the dogma and devotion to Mary as the Immaculate Conception. Many do not know that in 1847 the United States Catholic bishops, led by Archbishop John Carroll of Baltimore, received approval from Blessed Pius IX to consecrate the United States to Mary under her title The Immaculate Conception. This was seven years before Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception on 8 December 1854.

There is clearly an intended connection that Jesus wants the United States to have His Mother that speaks to the very essence of who she is and what that means for us. If there is truly an “American exceptionalism,” it is only in terms of its call to live this truth of Mary and proclaim it as the icon for the true freedom that it not only represents, but that it brings about in those who model their lives after it.

MiguelCabreraTheVirginOfTheApocalypseGoogleArtProjectSo, what is the truth of the Immaculate that has so much significance for the United States — and the world — today? It is essentially two-fold. The first is much easier to explain as it refers to the truth that Mary was conceived without sin and that God put her (and her seed) at enmity with Satan. So, we see way back in Genesis 3:15 where this was first announced, that Mary is at the center of the spiritual confrontation between God and Satan and, ultimately, “she will crush [the serpent’s] head”. Hmmm…now we are beginning to see why Mary would be entangled in World War II, especially in the greater part of it which is unseen [as St. Paul reminds us in Ephesians 6:12]. After God, NOBODY possesses power to defeat evil like Our Lady. That’s why Satan hates her so much and those specially consecrated to her — like France and the United States (both with historical connections with the revelation of Mary as the Immaculate Conception). And when Mary appears on the world stage, either by the Church’s attention being directed to her by the Holy Spirit, or by her many apparitions, she means business when it comes to combatting evil, converting hearts and protecting her own.

But this part of the truth of Mary as the Immaculate Conception points more to what Mary is free from. The other and more important part to the truth of Mary’s Immaculate Conception is what she is free for and why. This is where the theological fun begins as we set out into the deep (duc in altum) to discover the secrets of Mary as the Holy Spirit permits.

Just four years after Blessed Pius IX proclaims the dogma of Mary being conceived without original sin, Mary appears in Lourdes (1858) and says (translating the story in modern language), “Well, there’s actually something more to that dogma which little Bernadette’s persistence is soliciting from me that the Holy Spirit is prompting me to reveal — I am not just immaculately conceived without sin, but “I AM THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION”. Little Bernadette essentially just said thank you while the rest of the world said, “She called herself what!?!” Thanks be to God for St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, whose holiness and brilliance of mind was obsessed by this profession of Mary and shared his theological reflections with the Church, of which I summarized in a previous post (

To summarize that summary, Mary’s declaration at Lourdes is all about how intimately she is united to the Holy Spirit as His Spouse. It is a reality so true and profound that Mary takes the name of her “husband”, the Holy Spirit, Who is the uncreated, eternal Immaculate Conception. Since marital union is the greatest of all the unions that we can comprehend, it is fitting that this truth of Mary be expressed in terms of the name of her inseparable Spouse, the Holy Spirit. In marriage, two persons become one flesh in an unbreakable moral and covenantal bond. The same applies to Mary who is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, but in a more perfect and fruitful way than any earthly marriage as the fruit of their mystical union is the eternal Son and Word of God! So, Mary as the Immaculate Conception is ordered to her greatest of privileges, her Divine Maternity. And, this feast is, therefore, about the call of the individual soul to immaculateness (commonly called the greatest possible holiness!) within the context of the family.

The Immaculate Conception, then, reveals that true freedom is one in which our hearts, minds and souls are pure and united with the Holy Spirit. This is freedom! Not doing whatever one wants, but what one ought . . . and that ought is ordered to union with the Holy Spirit which is only possible with purity of heart. And any country who claims to be the “land of the free” is free ONLY to the extent it believes and lives this truth.

Yes, something to ponder . . . for the rest of your life!

That’s why Satan attacks purity first because then we can’t see God (“Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God”). Lack of purity (moral impurity) results in loss of holiness and that lack of holiness leads to division in relationships, which results in lack of communion of life, which results in not transmitting life and love. That’s the oversimplified, but nonetheless true, breakdown how impurity leads from a culture of life and love to a culture of death and self-centered immorality.

And the world — and many in the Church — have rejected the call to purity, embraced immorality and abandoned God, calling this insanity “freedom”. The result? The most wounded world history has ever seen. Two generations are now deeply wounded by the “sexual revolution” — which was nothing more than a rejection of purity for “free love” and “free sex”. This woundedness was anticipated by God Who called the Church and the world back to His Divine Mercy, which is the remedy for any and all wounds — NO MATTER HOW GREAT THE SIN! Jesus proclaimed through St. Faustina:

Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.

I conclude (yes, finally!) . . . we contemplate this mystery today: The Immaculate Conception is our end, purity is the way to it and Divine Mercy is our starting point, our medicine and our hope all along the way. Therefore, the renaissance, transformation and galvanization of the Christian family begins with the healing, forgiveness and restoration given to those who seek Jesus’ Divine Mercy. Jesus’ mercy cleanses us from our sins, heals our wounds, strengthens our character and restores our purity that we may become immaculate and enjoy an unfathomable union with the Holy Spirit. It is indeed a counter-revolution — a “revolution of tenderness”, as Pope Francis calls it — to the false and merciless “gospel”of the world.

Families who are courageous enough to embrace the changes in lifestyle that will enable them to experience these fruits will be the ones who will be the lighthouses amidst the storm and lead the world through its present dark night as it waits for the promised triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the dawn of the new springtime. In short, these will be the heroic families without which America and the rest of the world has no future.

If you want this message passionately brought to your parish, conference or event, reach out to me at Let’s be these courageous families and start awakening, inspiring and leading today’s heroic families who will ignite the world with the cleansing fire of God’s merciful love poured out to us through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Ark of our Salvation!

Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Mercy, pray for us!


Art: La Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception), Francisco de Zurbarán, 1661, PD-Worldwide; La Virgen del Apocalipsis (The Virgin of the Apocalypse), Miguel Cabrera, 1760, PD-US published in the United States before January 1, 1923; Immaculée Conception (Immaculate Conception) [Secondary Altar, St. Marguerite Church, Alsace, Bas-Rhin, Geispolsheim], François Antoine Ketterer, between 1771 and 1772, PD-US author’s term of life plus 70 years or less; all Wikimedia Commons.

About Peter Howard

Dr. Peter Howard presently lives in Colorado with his wife, Chantal, and five children. Dr. Howard is a professor of Theology at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation ( In 2015, Peter and Chantal founded dedicated to the mission of “awakening Catholic families to their critical call to live their faith with courage, passion and purpose.” He is also a Catholic videographer (, author and national Catholic speaker who has spoken at the 2015 American Chesterton Society Conference, 2012 Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas; the United States Air Force Academy; parish retreats and on Catholic radio programs such as Radio Maria. Peter earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome, Italy. Dr. Howard’s theological expertise lies predominantly in Mariology and the teachings of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. He is the author of the 2014 book: The Woman: The Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen. Like his spiritual mentor, +Fulton Sheen, Dr. Howard is passionate about evangelizing families by communicating the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith as the answer to the challenges and errors of the world.

If you would like to invite Dr. Howard to speak at your parish or event, contact him at

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  • JMC

    “The Immaculate Conception is our end, purity is the way to it and Divine Mercy is our starting point, our medicine and our hope all along the way.” There are those who posit that 2017, the centennial of Fatima, will be the point where either the Triumph will occur, or the prophesied disasters for neglecting the requests of Fatima will occur instead. I find it curious that 2016, the year before that, has been marked as the Extraordinary Year of Mercy (and that’s been pointed out by other, more learned people than I). Fr. Amorth, chief exorcist, has gone so far as to say that, if the consecration of Russia is not performed by the end of October of 2017, the chastisement will begin any day thereafter.
    We were told the Pope will have much to suffer. Ever since the Modernists “hijacked” the Second Vatican Council, Popes have surreptitiously tried to tell us that they didn’t perform the Consecration because they weren’t ALLOWED to. Their lives were in serious danger if they tried. It is even rumored that Pope John Paul I died not of natural causes, but was murdered because he was planning to perform the Consecration. Most recently, our current Pope has told us he was afraid of Cardinal Kaspar…the most prominent of those who would overturn the current teachings regarding divorce and remarriage. Of course, he couched it in joking terms, terms that made it look as though his anxiety was more akin to that perhaps felt by a PhD candidate defending his dissertation. But if you look very closely at what he was saying when he said that, the joke turns very dark. He was trying to tell us that he could not say or do more because he was working in fear of his life. Pope Benedict XVI once told a visitor at private audience that his power ended at the door to his office.
    What I’m getting at here is that I think Pope Francis WANTS to perform the consecration, but he very much fears he may not be able to, so he is giving us this Extraordinary Year of Mercy in order that we may prepare for the alternative. Let’s take advantage of it, because in THIS chastisement, the Virgin has warned us, the faithful will suffer alongside the apostate.

  • iggram

    Actually the consecration has been done–read the following
    History of the Consecration and Related Events

    July 13, 1917 Our Lady promises to “come and ask the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart”
    1 June 13, 1929 Our Lady fulfills her promise, asking “for the consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, promising its conversion through this means and the hindering of the propagation of its errors.”
    2 date unknown Pius XI (1922-1939) informed of this request3

    1938 Portuguese Bishops ask Pius XI for the Consecration of the World to the Immaculate Heart. It is said they were influenced to do this by the spiritual director of Bl. Alexandrina da Costa (1904-1955).

    June 1940 Request made to Pius XII through the Bishop of Macau, and a little later through Father Gonzaga de Fonseca. Mention is made of Our Lady asking the Consecrating of Russia to the Immaculate Heart.

    December 1940 Sr. Lucia writes letter to Pius XII, saying that Our Lord Himself requests the Pope to “consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a special mention for Russia, and order that all the Bishops of the world do the same in union with Your Holiness.”
    October 31, 1942 Pope Pius XII consecrates the world to the Immaculate Heart.

    July 7, 1952 Pope Pius XII consecrates the Russian people to the Immaculate Heart

    November 21, 1964 Pope Paul VI renews, in the presence of the Fathers of the Vatican Council but without their participation, the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart.

    May 13, 1982 Pope John Paul II invites the bishops of the world to join him in consecrating the world and with it Russia to the Immaculate Heart. Many do not receive the invitation in time for the Pope’s trip to Fatima, where he accomplishes the consecration. Sr. Lucia later says it did not fulfill the conditions.

    October 1983 Pope John Paul II, at the Synod of Bishops, renews the 1982 Consecration

    March 25, 1984 Pope John Paul II, “united with all the pastors of the Church in a particular bond whereby we constitute a body and a college,” consecrates “the whole world, especially the peoples for which by reason of their situation you have particular love and solicitude.” Both the Pope and Sr. Lucia initially
    seemed uncertain that the consecration has been fulfilled, but shortly
    thereafter Sr. Lucia tells the papal nuncio to Portugal that the Consecration
    is fulfilled.

    May 13, 1984 One of the largest crowds in Fatima history gathers at the shrine to pray the Rosary for peace.

    May 13, 1984 An explosion at the Soviets’ Severomorsk Naval Base destroys two-thirds of all the missiles stockpiled for the Soviets’ Northern Fleet. The blast also destroys workshops needed to maintain the missiles as well as hundreds of scientists and technicians. Western military experts called it the worst naval disaster the Soviet Navy has suffered since WWII.

    December 1984 Soviet Defense Minister, mastermind of the invasion plans for Western Europe, suddenly and mysteriously dies.

    March 10, 1985 Soviet Chairman Konstantin Chernenko dies

    March 11, 1985 Soviet Chairman Mikhail Gorbachev elected

    April 26, 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident

    May 12, 1988 An explosion wrecked the only factory that made the rocket motors for the Soviets’ deadly SS 24 long-range missiles, which carry ten nuclear bombs each.

    August 29, 1989 Sr. Lucia affirms in correspondence that the consecration
    “has been accomplished” and that “God will keep His word.”

    November 9, 1989 Fall of the Berlin Wall

    Nov-Dec 1989 Peaceful revolutions in Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania

    1990 East and West Germany are unified

    December 25, 1991 Dissolution of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

  • tmg415

    Sister Lucia herself said that the condition was not fully met. She is quoted in a book on Fatima that I have that is quite old. The author asked that question. She said that Russia had to be consecrated to the Immaculate heart of Mary on the same day by the pope and all Bishops of the world. This has not happened, her words. What we had instead was a reprieve due to prayer and granted grace. But not permanent as per the promise since the condition was not met. Russia is on the move and has aligned herself with China. They have new weapons that the west cannot defend against. Supercavitating torpedoes and supersonic cruise missiles. Clinton actually had the US help them develop with the agreement that we would get their half of the technology. After we helped them they reneged, surprised huh? They have civil defense developments that can hold whole cities in hardened areas for a nuclear war. This is ongoing. They keep developing more nuclear weapons with dummy warheads design to break our defenses. They put weapons in other countries to hide their true numbers. Doesn’t sound like they are converted to me.

  • iggram

    I recommend her book The Fatima Prophecies by Thomas Petrisko. Russia is converting and needs ongoing conversion as we all do. Keep in mind that Russia now has freedom of religion and people are flocking to churches. All this since the pope consecrated the world and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Perhaps Russia’s total conversion lies with us in the West.
    One priest said that the total conversion of this country as well as our own depends on people fulfilling our Lady’s request of the Five First Saturdays since that was one of the requirements made by Our Blessed Mother. Are you doing your part?

  • tmg415

    Yes I have done my part, and we all need to continue to do more. If Russia was truly converted we wouldn’t be having this discussion. It shows the need to continue to follow her requests since it hasn’t yet been accomplished. The west was not a condition of Russia’s conversion. Putin is ex KGB and there is no real freedom in Russia. The church in Russia (orthodox) would not be allowed free speech on social/political issues just like in China. Other churches have much less freedom in Russia. The Orthadox church is close to a state run church. That doesn’t make me change my mind. I would love for the conversion to have been fulfilled. But just like with people, you can tell by their fruits.

  • iggram

    My final comment. Read the book Her biography “A Pathway Under the Gaze of Mary” especially page 189-191 she explains the consecration quite plainly.
    Have a Merry Christmas

  • Falcon80

    Russia was converted in 1984 and Sister Lucy said it was accepted. Remember Russia is now converting they are more God-friendly than this nation. Lucy also said Russia will be an instrument to punish the West. More on Russia read some of Pat Buchanon’s articles on Russia’s conversion to God.