I’m writing this article while I’m in the presence of our Lord in the adoration chapel at the Church of the Risen Christ in Denver, Colorado. Georgette and I arrived in Denver yesterday (April 18) to visit our newest grandchild. Her name is Magdalene, and she was born three weeks ago. Magdalene is our 15th grandchild and the first child of our daughter, Laura, and her husband, Tyler.
I love it when a new baby is born into our family. Among other things, it’s a reminder of how loving and generous God is to allow us to share in the gift of creation.
But along with the ability to share in the creation of a new human soul that will live for all eternity, we have the responsibility and obligation to nurture and teach our children to know, love, and serve God.
We also have the responsibility and obligation to watch over, guide, and protect them from physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional harm. This responsibility has become more difficult over the past 60 years because of the complete breakdown of the Christian moral code that was at one time the foundation of our laws and culture (prior to the 1960s).
I remember being in high school during the early 1970s and hearing one of my great-aunts say that she “would never want to bring another child into this world because of all the dangers that the child would be exposed to.” And since the 1970s, the dangers that our children are exposed to have increased exponentially.
So what can those of us who are devout Catholics do to protect the bodies, minds, and souls of our children and grandchildren?
In 1990, when Georgette and I had four young children, we lived in a house that had a fenced-in backyard. Whenever our children were in the backyard playing, every five or ten minutes Georgette would look out the kitchen window to make sure the children were okay.
One of our neighbors, whose yard was on the other side of the backyard fence, owned a big dog that would often stand at the fence and bark at our children while they were playing. We were not concerned about the dog because we knew that it was not able to jump over the fence.
One day, while two of our daughters were playing in the backyard, Georgette glanced out the kitchen window to check on them. The moment she looked out the window, she saw the neighbor’s dog jump over the fence and run toward the girls. Georgette immediately ran outside and placed herself between the dog and our daughters, who were so frightened they were paralyzed. She then brought the girls into the house.
What had happened was that our neighbor had cleaned up his yard and piled some brush up against the fence. The dog climbed on top of the brush and was then able to jump over the fence. We contacted our neighbor and he removed the brush so the dog could no longer jump over the fence.
Fortunately for us, the moment our girls were in danger, their mother was there to protect them. Georgette did what any loving mother would do — rush to the aid of her children.
Consider this: If a loving, earthly mother would do everything in her power to protect her vulnerable children, what would the mother of God (and mankind) do for her vulnerable children? The Blessed Virgin Mary is no stranger to suffering. She has had personal experience with the dangers that threaten all of us.
What were some of the dangers she went through while she lived on Earth? She was forced to flee to Egypt with her husband and infant Son so her Son wouldn’t be murdered by Herod’s army.
Twelve years later, when she lost track of her Son for three days, she and her husband feared that His life was in danger.
Later in life, she experienced the one nightmare any loving mother would sacrifice her life to avoid. She saw her innocent, grown Son tortured and murdered by His enemies. If anyone understands danger, it’s the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Now, of course, we all have to exercise prudence and good judgment when it comes to our own personal protection. But even if we do that, we are still extremely vulnerable. Unfortunately, there are criminals and predators all around us. Worse, they are also around our children and grandchildren. Our police departments are often not able to take action until after a crime has been committed. So what can we do to protect ourselves and our loved ones from danger — build a fortress and lock ourselves up?
It is simply not within our own power to protect ourselves and our loved ones from all the physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological dangers that exist in our society. The good news is that we do have the power to pray for the protection that we need.
Ever since the incident with my wife and the dog in the backyard, I have made sure to have a personal bodyguard available at all times to protect me and my family from harm. Her name is Mary, and she is the mother of God. Although she is not physically at my side, she is constantly looking out the “window” of Heaven, watching over me and my family. Any time we are in danger, in a flash she is there to stand between us and the evils that we face. She is the perfect mother who sees all dangers and is available to provide the protection we need.
I’m willing to share with you the information you need to “hire” this same bodyguard for the protection of you and your family. I would like to charge you an extremely high fee for this information — $25,000 sounds good — because the information is so valuable. I’m concerned that because you are not paying for this information, you will place little to no value on it. However, having said that, here is my free advice as to how you can obtain the type of personal protection that is only available to a small percentage of the population.
If you would like to have a personal bodyguard for your family, you only need to do three additional things: (1) make sure you are in the state of sanctifying grace at all times; (2) pray your Rosary every day; and (3) wear your brown scapular at all times. If you don’t know how to pray the Rosary or if you don’t have a brown scapular, contact me and I’ll make sure to get you what you need.
A word of warning: The Blessed Virgin Mary will not take it upon herself to be your personal bodyguard unless you reach out to her every day by praying your Rosary and wearing your brown scapular. The Rosary is a powerful weapon against evil, and the brown scapular is the bulletproof armor you need to repel the spiritual and physical dangers that will inevitably come your way.
Don’t delay. You can’t afford to put off hiring a personal bodyguard for your family.