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The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Death of Herod

The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Death of Herod

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Published by Miguel Vas
Let this document be a lesson to those who presume to pour contempt on the Mother of God; (and to those who listen to their lying tongues)!
Let this document be a lesson to those who presume to pour contempt on the Mother of God; (and to those who listen to their lying tongues)!

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The divine Wisdom, which dispenses labors and consolations with weight and measure(Wis. 11, 21), ordained that the most blessed Mother should at that time have a veryintimate knowledge of the evil disposition of Herod. She perceived the abominableugliness of that most unfortunate soul brought on by his boundless vices and oft-repeatedcrimes, which had roused the wrath of the just and almighty Judge. She knew how greatlyHerod and the Jews were enraged against Jesus and his disciples after the escape of saintPeter. She saw, also, how the seed of rage, sown by the demons in the hearts of Herodand the Jews, had grown, and how furious their hatred against Jesus our Redeemer andhis disciples had become; how the iniquitous ruler had conceived the purpose of exterminating all the faithful within the confines of Judea and Galilee and how he wouldemploy in this work all his forces and means. Although the most blessed Mary was awareof this design of Herod, She was not informed at that time of his horrid death. But as Sheknew his power and the depravity of his soul, She was horrified at his evil state, anddeeply grieved at his wrath against the followers of the faith.In her anxieties and in her reliance upon the divine help our Queen labored incessantly in prayers and tears, travailing in her clamors as I have shown on other occasions. Ever governed by her most exalted prudence, She spoke to one of the highest angels of her guard, saying: “Minister of the Most High and creature of his hands, my solicitude for theholy Church strongly urges me to seek its welfare and progress. I beseech thee to ascendto the throne of the Most High, represent to Him my affliction; ask Him in my name, thatI may be permitted to suffer instead of his faithful servants and that Herod be preventedfrom executing his designs for the destruction of the Church.” Immediately the angel betook himself to the Lord with this message, while the Queen of heaven, like another Esther, remained in prayer for the liberty and salvation of her people and of Herself.(Eph. 4, 16). The heavenly ambassador was sent back by the blessed Trinity with theanswer: “Princess of heaven, the Lord of hosts says, that Thou art the Mother, theMistress and the Governess of the Church, and that Thou holdest his power while Thouart upon earth; and He desires Thee, as the Queen and Mistress of the heaven and earth,to execute sentence upon Herod.”In her humility the most blessed Virgin was somewhat disturbed by this answer, andurged by her charity, She replied to the angel: “Am I then to pronounce sentence againsta creature who is the image of the Lord? Since I came forth from his hands I have knownmany reprobates among men and I have never called for vengeance against them; but asfar as I was concerned, always desired their salvation if possible, and never hastened their  punishment. Return to the Lord, angel, and tell Him that my tribunal and power is inferior to and dependent upon his, and that I cannot sentence any one to death without consultingmy Superior; and if it is possible to bring Herod to the way of Salvation, I am willing tosuffer all the travails of the world according to the disposition of his divine Providence inorder that this soul may not be lost.” The angel hastened back with this second messageof his Queen and having presented it before the throne of the most blessed Trinity, wassent back to Her with the following answer: “Our Mistress and Queen, the Most Highsays, that Herod is of the number of the foreknown, since he is so obstinate in his malice,that he will take no admonition or instruction; he will not co-operate with the helps given
 
to him; nor will he avail himself of the fruits of the Redemption, nor of the intercession of the saints, nor of thy own efforts, O Queen and Lady, in his behalf.”For the third time the most holy Mary dispatched the heavenly prince with still another message to the Most High, saying: “If it must be that Herod die in order to hinder himfrom persecuting the Church, do thou, O angel, represent to the Almighty, how in theinfinite condescension of his charity, He has granted me in mortal life to be the Refuge of the children of Adam, the Advocate and Intercessor of sinners; that my tribunal should bethat of kindness and clemency for the refuge and assistance of all that seek myintercession ; and that all should leave it with the assurance of pardon in the name of mydivine Son. If then I am to be a loving Mother to men, who are the creatures of his handsand the price of his life-blood, how can I now be a severe judge against one of them? Never was I charged with dealing out justice, always mercy, to which all my heartinclines; and now it is troubled by this conflict of love with obedience to rigorous justice.Present anew, O angel, this my anxiety to the Lord, and learn whether it is not his pleasure that Herod die without my condemning him.”The holy messenger ascended for the third time and the most blessed Trinity listened tohis message with the plenitude of pleasure and complacency at the pitying love of hisSpouse. Returning, the angel thus informed the loving Mistress: “Our Queen, Mother of 
 
our Creator and my Lady, the almighty Majesty says that thy mercy is for those mortalswho wish to avail themselves of thy powerful intercession, not for those who despise andabhor it like Herod; that Thou art the Mistress of the Church invested with all the divine power, and that therefore it is meet Thou use it as is opportune : that Herod must die ; butit shall be through thy sentence and according to thy order.” The most blessed Maryanswered: “Just is the Lord and equitable are his judgments (Ps. 118, 137). Many timeswould I suffer death to rescue this soul of Herod, if he himself would not by his own freewill make himself unworthy of mercy and choose perdition. He is a work of the MostHigh (Job. 10, 8), formed according to his image and likeness (Gen. 1, 27); he wasredeemed by the blood of the Lamb, which taketh away the sins of the world (Apoc. 1,5). But I set aside all this and, considering only his having become an obstinate enemy of God, unworthy of his eternal friendship, by the most equitable justice of God, I condemnhim to the death he has merited, in order that he may not incur greater torments byexecuting the evil he has planned.”This wonder the Lord wrought for the glory of his most blessed Mother and in witness of his having constituted Her as the Mistress of all creatures with supreme power to act astheir Sovereign like her divine Son. I cannot explain this mystery better than in the wordsof the Lord in the fifth chapter of saint John, where He says of Himself: “The son cannotdo anything that the Father does not; but He does the same, because the Father lovesHim; and if the Father raises the dead, the son also raises whom he pleases, and theFather has given to the Son to judge all, in order that just as all honor the Father, theymay also honor the Son ; for no one can honor the Father without honoring the Son.” Andimmediately He adds: that He has given Him the power of judging, because He is the Sonof man, which He is through his most blessed mother. On account of the likeness of theheavenly Mother to her Son (of which I have often spoken) the relation or proportion of 

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