Mary’s Biblical Title: Exterminatrix of Heresy

Image above: Mary, Exterminatrix of Heresy.

Note how the Blessed Mother is beating down a demon with a club and protecting a little one from his poisonous lies. This imagery derives from the book of Revelation:

15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. 
16 But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river which the dragon had poured from his mouth. 
17 Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. And he stood on the sand of the sea (Rev 12:15-17).

Here the Serpent [i.e Satan] spews out water from his mouth in order to overcome the blessed Virgin Mary. His lies are described as a “flood.” This is the tactic that the Devil tried with Eve. He spewed forth lies and he vanquished the first woman.

He tried the same strategy with the Blessed Mother of Christ but was not successful – she was perfectly graced by Christ. Angry, he then turns his attention to “the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus.”

We are those who try to “keep the commands of God and bear testimony to Jesus Christ.” Satan is trying to damn us through the lies he spews from his mouth. Once baptized, he tries to catch us through heresy. Yet, Mary’s maternal protection stays with us. Consequently, she is called the Exterminatrix of Heresy because she stands in enmity against Satan (see Gen 3:15 for details).

If you’ve ever seen a mama bear protect her cubs, you know how ferociously our Immaculate Mother fights for us! She’s got a club in her hands and she is fighting for us…

“O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
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  • dbonneville

    I never thought of the demonic flood as words, in part or in whole. That makes complete sense. There is a flood of words that obscures the truth. When the devil looses ground, he just ramps up new lies and rehashes the old ones in a torrent of words no brain could possibliy navigate. That is very interesting.

    As a revert to Catholicism from a 20 year journey that ended in Anglicanism, the scourge of words – outright lies and lies tainted with varying degrees of truth – stopped when I decided to receive the Faith instead of continuing to try and figure it out.

  • Fr. Richard ss.cc.

    Taylor, thank you so much for that meditation on Mary as the “exterminatrix”. I never thought of that in my whole life.
    Prayers for you and your family and your ministry.

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  • Maria

    This is a great post. One correction though, “Mother of Christ” is actually a heretical title stemming from the Nestorian controversy. Mary is the Mother of GOD!

  • Taylor Marshall

    Maria
    “Mother of Christ” is most certainly NOT a heretical term. It is a
    priviliged title of our Blessed Mother. It is enshrined (as Mater
    Christi) in the Litany of Loretto which is printed in every missal and
    has been generously indulgenced by the Catholic Church.
    Don’t let the bad example of Nestorius rob our Lady of her title.
    Mother of Christ pray for is!
    Taylor

  • Felix

    1. There’s a mediaval hymn that goes:

    “Gaude, Maria Virgo, cunctas haereses sola interemistii. Quae Gabrielis
    Dum virgo Deum et hominen genuisti …”

    Rejoice, 0 Virgin Mary, thou alone has destroyed all heresies. Who didst believe the words of the Archangel Gabriel.

    (It nicely links her credence of God’s message to her role in defeating unbelief.)

    2.  Re the image of Mary defeating the floods of lies unleashed by the Devil.  Perhaps another way of looking at this might be to see Noah’s ark as an image both of Christ’s Church and of Our Lady? 

    I find this an attractive and strenghtening image in the face of the floods of lies and heresies currently surrounding us!

  • Aim Higher

    St. Maximilian M. Kolbe explicit includes this title of Our Lady in his act of consecration to Her: “for she alone has destroyed all heresies in the whole world”. For this reason the more we are consecrated to Her, the further we will be from error, and we will be instruments of Her in fighting “all heresies in the whole world”.

    God bless us all. Ave Maria.

  • Aim Higher

    St. Maximilian M. Kolbe explicitly includes this title of Our Lady in his act of consecration to Her: “for she alone has destroyed all heresies in the whole world”. For this reason the more we are consecrated to Her, the farther we will be from error, and we will be instruments of Her in fighting “all heresies in the whole world”. 
     
    God bless us all. Ave Maria.

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  • isabel kissinger

    The effect of our Lady’s exterminating heresy is to make clear our understanding of who God is and what is His will for us. This will lead us to SANCTIFICATION, We can now safely obey Her command, “Do whatever He tells you to do”.

    • Jasper Monroe Ylanan

      Excuse me, considering the fact that you are a heretic that teaches the heresy that Mary is “God the Mother”, I am emboldened to say that you are a part of that “river” that gushed forth from the devil’s mouth. Even the Archbishop-Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Cebu share the same sentiments with me.

      I challenge you to a debate. I want to have an exchange with you in person since doing it online is like playing “rock-scissors-paper” with yourself in front of a mirror. If you are brave enough, than accept the challenge.

      • isabel kissinger

        The Deos are tasked by God only to proclaim, and not to explain nor argue, that the Third Person of the Holy Trinity is the Spirit of Wisdom, God as Mother (made flesh in Mary). Thus, the Holy Trinity is Father, Son and Mother – One Holy Spirit. However, the Deos can share it all to those who are humble enough to listen and who would heed, 1 Thessalonians 5: 19-21 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good.

        • Jasper Monroe Ylanan

          Ha Ha Ha, You are just afraid!