The Rosary is a Weapon

08-28-2016Why do Catholics do that?Andy Miller

First I would like thank the parish for their generous support as I get ready to leave for the seminary. Last Saturday night, the Knights of Columbus had a very nice fundraising dinner for me. A special thank you to all those that came or were there in spirit (darn rain!). During the dinner, I was able to say a few words. I talked a little bit about the rosary and the need to pray it. I would like to spend the next two weeks saying a few more words about the importance of the rosary.

Our Lady made 15 promises to St. Dominic and again to Blessed Alan de la Roche for those who devoutly recite the Holy Rosary. I won't list them all here given the limited space but I do want to look at a few and make some comments on them. A full list of the 15 promises can be found with a simple internet search.

To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces. Our Lady is called the Mediatrix of all Graces. It is through her that God the Son came into the world, and likewise it is through her that God pours out his graces into the world. We can imagine her standing at the foot of the cross, sharing in her heart what Christ was feeling in His body and in His soul. Again we can say that she was in the upper room at Pentecost because just as she gave birth to Christ so too would it be appropriate for her to be present at the birth of the Church, which is Christ's Body. Some scholars say that it was necessary that she should be there in order for her to spread God's grace throughout the world, especially in those early days of the Church. Praying the Rosary will ensure great grace from God through our Lady.

The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy. We have had the Rosary in its current form since 1221 AD. According to pious tradition, Our Lady gave the Rosary to St. Dominic to assist him in combating the Albigensian heresy. Heard of any Albigensians lately? Also, in 1571 St. Pius V asked all of Christendom to pray the Holy Rosary for the defeat of the Muslims during the great naval battle of Lepanto. In spite of being outnumbered the Christian navies won. October 7, 1571, the day of the victory is now known as the feast of the Holy Rosary. With the onslaught of modernism and secularism, let us pray the Rosary for victory over our enemies.