July 01, 2019 3 min read 1 Comment

What these 4 saints said about spiritual warfare and the rosary GhirelliOne of the most popular devotions among Catholics, the Rosary is a classic go-to prayer for both the cradle Catholic and new convert. Each Mystery is conducive to meditation, greater ardor for Our Lady and Jesus, and confidence in Godā€™s goodness for our lives. Even more, there are countless examples of ways in which the Rosary has protected people from harm and evil. It is considered the primary spiritual ā€œweaponā€ against the devil and spiritual attack. Here are four quotes about how the Rosary can assist you in troubling times.

ā€œLove the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.ā€ ā€“ St. Padre Pio

The prophecies at Fatima served as warnings for the potential evil weā€™d see in our modern day. One of the ways to stop wars, combat the destruction of the family and society, and preserve purity? Pray the Rosary. This was a directive given by the Blessed Mother herself, a timeless message to which we should all pay heed.

St. Padre Pio was known for his fidelity to praying the Rosary. He was physically attacked by satan, yet was unshaken by these nightly ā€œvisits,ā€ because he constantly prayed the Rosary. He carried it with him in his pocket and was known to perpetually aspire the words of the Hail Mary throughout the day. Once, when asked how many rosaries he prayed in a day, he couldnā€™t recall but thought it was around forty.

ā€œThe Rosary is a fortress against evil. It is a sign to satan that you belong to Our Lady.ā€ ā€“ St. Dominic

The Dominican rosary is, of course, the standard method of prayer for devoted Catholics. St. Dominic was no stranger to the perils of evil, which may be why Our Lady appeared to him with the format of the beads and what to pray on each one. Carry one in your purse or pocket. Leave one in the desk drawer at work or glove compartment in the car. If you keep a rosary handy at all times, you may find that when you are troubled by diabolic obsession (tormenting thoughts) or oppression (attacks on your property, relationships, or other externals), the invocation of Our Lady through this prayer will bring you consolation and resolution.

ā€œThe Rosary is a remedy for all our evils and the root of all our blessings.ā€ ā€“ Pope St. Leo XIII

I learned to pray the Rosary when I was a child. I still have my First Communion rosary tucked in my purse, which I bring out while Iā€™m waiting in the confessional line or happen to arrive early to Mass. Many saints believed that daily recitation of the Rosary built a strong spiritual foundation, as well as barricade, against satan. He does not dare come close to one who is truly devout and does more than merely repeat the words of prayers. The Rosary eventually becomes a prayer of the heart, constant utterances to Heaven. That is the greatest protection.

ā€œThe Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of satan and the spread of Godā€™s kingdom.ā€ ā€“ St. Maximilian Kolbe

Father Gabriel Amorth, once chief exorcist of Rome who died a few years ago, spoke often about satanā€™s revulsion at the sight of Our Lady or even the mere mention of her name. Another modern exorcist, Father Chad Ripperger, has validated that in his own experience. He has said there is no other saint, no other mention of a name besides that of Jesus, that evokes instant fear and recoil from diabolic influences.

Turn to the Blessed Mother. Begin by praying the Rosary more frequently and ask for her assistance in overcoming ordinary temptations, gaining wisdom about how to handle spiritual attack, and protection against future evil. She will never, ever fail you. She is your spiritual Mother, abundant in mercy.

What temptations or battles have you waged and won with the Rosary devotion? Please share your experiences with us below.Ā 



1 Response

May 09, 2024

One day a couple of years ago, I was sitting around the house dong nothing and decided to say a Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It just so happened that when I took out my Rosary, the metal links between the beads were a little tangled up in one section of my Rosary. Being slightly obsessive/compulsive, I just couldnā€™t begin until I got the small area of my Rosary untangled. During my attempt to untangle it, I remember looking away for a few moments and thinking about something else wile my Rosary was on the table. I recall that it was only for a few moments and then I got back to the task at hand, which was untangling my Rosary. I looked at my Rosary on the table to take another shot at untangling it. To my amazement, my Rosary was untangled and spread out on the table so that I could easily see that it was all untangled. Not only that, when I saw it, I instantly/truly felt an interior motivation that said ā€œitā€™s untangled, get on with it; letā€™s go; the Holy Soulsā€. I also really sensed that my Rosary was untangled by my Guardian Angel because just before this happened, I was talking to my Guardian Angel about saying a Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Sometimes I get discouraged and wonder if my devotion to the Rosary is worth it. Then I think back to this day and I know the answer is ā€œyesā€.

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