It’s lightweight, maneuverable, and deadly accurate.
It fits in your pocket, purse, or glovebox.
It performs with pinpoint precision in the most inexperienced hands, and is perfectly safe for all ages. It won’t ever misfire or jam. It only hurts bad guys. It comes in any color or style you want, and you can outfit it with all kinds of fun accessories.
Nope, it’s not a magical revolver. We’re talking about something much more effective against the really bad guys: demons!
And the weapon we’re talking about is the Rosary.
The Rosary has been the weapon of choice for saints, kings, queens, peasants, warrior poets, maidens, missionaries, and misfits for centuries. But why do we call this sacramental a “weapon”?
We call it that because it’s one of our best defenses against our mortal enemy, the devil. We are truly engaged in a spiritual war at all times, and Satan, as St. Peter says, “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). The devil never sleeps and never tires. He is always plotting our downfall, and we’ve got to be on the offensive against him if we are to spiritually survive and make it to heaven.
If we’re going up against the devil, we’d best be fighting under the banner of Our Lady. The devil fears her like he fears no one else. She is like “an army set in battle array” (Song of Songs 6:10) against the forces of evil. She has given her warriors a special weapon for the fight, and they carry her Rosary like a sword at their side.
In fact, those in religious life carry their rosaries on the left side, hanging from their belt, because this is the traditional place for a sword!
“Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”
—St. Padre Pio
One guy who knows a thing or two about the power of the Rosary is Fr. Donald Calloway, who credits Our Lady with his incredible conversion. An ardent devotee of the Rosary, Fr. Calloway poured this devotion into his captivating book Champions of the Rosary. Here he documents the history of this “spiritual weapon” and recounts the stories of some of the greatest Rosary warriors of all time. Available today at The Catholic Company!