Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tower of David, pray for us!

The title of 'Tower of David' refers to the gift of fortitude granted to the soul of Our Lady by the Holy Spirit. The effects of this gift has helped to preserve her from sin throughout her whole life. She is like a fortress and incredible powerful helper to us in all struggles against temptations. This particular name has been first used to describe her by King Solomon in Canticle of Canticles: "Thy neck, is as the tower of David, which is built with bulwarks: a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armour of valiant men." (Canticles 4:4). In Old Testament, similar invocation refers to the powerful fortress once built to guard the Sion north-west borders. Our Lady is like this tower, full of strength and might against Satan and Hell. Eva has fallen under devil's temptation, whereas Immaculate Mary gave him a fatal blow and ever since is the most powerful weapon against spiritual enemies for those who seek her help in trust. Endless heroic Saints may testify how helpful she could be in resisting temptations in particular against impurity, fear and doubt. St Bernard says Mary's defeat of Satan and Hell gave her unlimited sovereignty over them. We can learn a lot following examples of many Saints, we can protect ourselves by her help whenever we need to be strengthened against wicked traps of the world. In Our Lady we can find the best and most effective refuge. Let us pray with childlike confidence of St John of Damascus who once said his only help against every spiritual enemy was his total and unshaken trust in Our Lady's help: Tower of David, pray for us!

Today's picture is "Under Our Lady's mantle" after
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