During Crucifixion, by the power of Our Lord, Mary forced the demons to come to
With the first word, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” the evil spirits at last came to the full and painful conviction that it was Christ Our Lord who was speaking to His Eternal Father. With this confirmation, the demons in their confusion again strained with all their might to hurl themselves to the depths of Hell, and again found themselves prevented by the command of Christ’s Mother.
The second word was spoken to the good thief: “Amen I say to thee, today thou shalt be with Me in
At the third word, “Woman, behold thy son!” the demons discovered that Mary was the true Mother of God, the woman announced in the heavens who would crush their head. With this, they were seized with a helpless rage. Their fury increased as they understood that
The last words of Our Lord had a profound repercussion over the angels and the devils. The fourth word, “God, my God, why has Thou forsaken Me?” showed the evil spirits the boundless and everlasting charity of God toward men. For, in order to satisfy this unthinkable charity, the Father seemed to have mysteriously suspended the presence of the Divinity of the Son over His most sacred Humanity, thus permitting His sufferings to reach the highest degree so that they might give the most abundant fruits. Man’s good fortune in being so beloved by God increased the envy of Lucifer and his demons.
The fifth word, “I thirst” permitted the demons to see their total overthrow. In effect, they understood Our Lord was saying that His love for man was insatiable, and that, were it possible, He would suffer yet more to be assured of their eternal salvation. With the sixth word of Our Lord on the Cross: “It is consummated,” Lucifer and his legions understood that the mystery of the Incarnation and Redemption had been accomplished.
The great sentence of condemnation that released the evil spirits to the eternal abyss came only with his final words: “Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.” Then, at the command of Our Lady together with her Beloved Son, Lucifer and all the demons were hurled to the deepest parts of Hell. Blessed Mary of Agreda tells us, “It is proper for men to understand that Lucifer and his demons were restricted, lamed and weakened in their power of tempting human creatures, unless their sins and their own free will do not unbind them and encourage them to return for the destruction of the world.”